All Inductees to the National Sailing Hall of Fame

John Gale Alden

John Gale Alden

“I was very much in love with a vessel that sails on her bottom, not on her beam ends.”

January 24, 1884 – March 3, 1962
Birthplace: Troy, New York

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Elizabeth "Betsy" Gelenitis Alison

Betsy Alison

“I've never been afraid to ask questions.”

March 25, 1960 -
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey

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Hobart "Hobie" Alter

Hobie Alter

“I didn't know anything about sailing so I wasn't confused by any past ideas. And the fact (catamarans) had speed...if you were a surfer, you wanted a little more thrilling thing.”

October 31, 1933 - March 29, 2014
Birthplace: Ontario, California

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Henry Hill “Harry” Anderson, Jr.

Harry Anderson - Dan Nerney photo

“We must not waver from our determination to offer youth an alternative to our plastic world…”

June 2, 1921
Birthplace: New York, New York

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Philip Edward "Ed" Baird

Ed Baird - 2016 Hall of Famer

“Try your hardest and enjoy what you’re doing.”

May 17, 1958
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Florida

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Capt. Charles "Charlie" Barr

Charlie Barr

“You hired me to win this race and that is what I intend to do.”

1864 - January 25, 1911
Birthplace: Gourock, Scotland. Naturalized U.S. Citizen.

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Peter Jones Barrett

Peter J. Barrett

“In any competitive endeavor, success goes to those who most want to succeed.”

February 20, 1935 – December 17, 2000
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin

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Robert Newton Bavier Jr.

Robert Newton Bavier Jr.

“We still bring up our youngsters in tame, relatively heavy boats.”

March 10, 1918 - February 21, 2001
Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York

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F. Gregg Bemis

F. Gregg Bemis

“There’s a difference between rounding a mark and passing a mark.”

October 6, 1900 - February 12, 1995
Birthplace: Boston, Massachussetts

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William Bruce "Bill" Bentsen

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“Share your ideas with other competitors and they will usually do the same.”

February 18, 1930 –
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

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Thomas David Blackaller Jr.

Tom Blackaller

“Everyone chooses to be a color in life – I choose not to be gray.”

January 6, 1940 – September 7, 1989
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

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Nathaniel Bowditch

Nathaniel Bowditch

“I will put down in the book nothing I can’t teach the crew.”

March 26, 1773 – March 16, 1838
Birthplace: Salem, Massachusetts

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William Eastman "Bill" Buchan

William Eastman Buchan

“Why should I quit Star sailing? I wouldn’t have my friends.”

May 9, 1935
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

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William Starling Burgess

Willliam Starling Burgess

"The racing yacht is, though in some measure the frivolous toy of the rich, a preeminently great physical...experiment."

December 25, 1878 – March 18, 1947
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

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Malin Burnham

Malin Burnham - 2016 Hall of Famer

“I’ve always been student of something.”

November 12, 1927
Birthplace: San Diego, California


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Frank Willis Butler

Frank Butler

“Working with my hands always came more easily to me than schoolwork.”

January 17, 1928
Birthplace: Glendale, California

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Paul Pierre Cayard

Paul Cayard

“I learned more about sailing on one leg of the Whitbread than I'd learned in the last ten years."

Birthplace: San Francisco, California

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Stephen “Steve” Colgate

Steve Colgate

“Every time I am on the water I learn something new.”

June 25, 1935
Birthplace: New York, New York

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Runyon “Runnie” Colie Jr.

Runyon Colie Jr

“Do not EVER over trim the jib.”

May 22, 1916 - June 26, 2014
Birthplace: New York, New York

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Dennis Walter Conner

Dennis Conner

“Competition is life's blood, and I'm a vampire.”

September 16, 1942 -
Birthplace: San Diego, California

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David Adams Curtis

David Curtis

“Keep your eyes out of the boat – take advantage of what you see.”

June 22, 1946
Birthplace: Marblehead, Massachusetts

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Carl Martin Eichenlaub, Jr.

Carl Eichenlaub

“Winning sailboat races isn’t about boat handling, or tactics – you just need a faster boat.”

Birthplace: San Diego, California

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Jennifer Anne "JJ" Fetter

JJ Fetter

“I was in the right place at the right time.”

December 1, 1963
Birthplace: La Jolla, California

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William Peter "Bill" Ficker

Bill Ficker -2016 Hall of Famer

“I believe we learn a lot if we listen.”

December 12, 1927 - March 13, 2017
Birthplace: Pomona, California

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Paul Jeffrey Foerster

Paul Foerster

“It was nice to finally go out on top.”

November 19, 1963
Birthplace: Rangely, Colorado

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Jan Clover Gougeon

Jan Gougeon

“My interest in boats goes back a long way."

August 7, 1945 – December 18, 2012
Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan

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Meade Alger Gougeon

Meade Gougeon

“People started buying epoxy from us. I could see a need for the product.”

September 25, 1938 - August 27, 2017
Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan

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Olaf Theodore Harken


“When trying new stuff our rule is to ask, 'if it all goes bad, can we survive?'
Then we go to the bar and forget what we just said and do it anyway!”

May 6, 1939
Birthplace: Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia
U.S. Citizen: February 18, 1963, Atlanta, Georgia

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Peter Oscar Harken


"I grew up in the Far East tropics, but my parents were Dutch and Swedish, so I had their DNA and took to winter sports."

August 18, 1937
Birthplace: Surabaya, Java, Indonesia
U.S. Citizen: December 18, 1968, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Lewis Francis Herreshoff

Lewis Francis Herreshoff

“If I can get you thinking with an open mind, my object will be accomplished.”

November 11, 1890 – December 1, 1972
Birthplace: Bristol, Rhode Island

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Capt. Nathanael Greene Herreshoff

Nathanael Herreshoff

“There are only two colors to paint a boat - black or white. And only a fool would paint a boat black.”

March 18, 1848 - June 2, 1938
Birthplace: Bristol, Rhode Island

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Stanley Kohnen Honey

Stanley K. Honey

“In the stands at an NFL game I’ve heard a kid ask his father, 'Where’s the yellow line?’”

April 8, 1955 -
Birthplace: Pasadena, California

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Frederick Emmart "Ted" Hood

Ted Hood

“When I was young, I thought if I can be a sail maker, make $12,000 a year, sail and work on boats, I'll be happy.”

May 5, 1927 -  June 28, 2013
Birthplace: Beverly, Massachusetts

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Charles Raymond “Ray” Hunt

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“I ought to be able to design racing boats that wouldn’t be so darned expensive.”

May 17, 1908 — August 30, 1978
Birthplace: Somerville, Massachusetts

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Gary Alan Jobson

Gary Jobson

“What you learn is more important than how you finish.”

July 17, 1950 -
Birthplace: Hackensack, New Jersey

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Harriet Electa Search "Exy" Johnson

Electa Johnson-2016HallofFamer

“The Magistrate is tall and strong, would be noticeable in any group, and is a born sailor. He has a rare sense of humor, but also a dignity and air of authority which have won him the respect of his people.”
— By Electa Search Johnson,  from "A Visit to Pitcairn, The Lonely Isle of Mutiny" — The New York Times , 6-24-1934.

August 17, 1909 – November 9, 2004
Birthplace: Rochester, New York

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Irving McClure Johnson

Irving Johnson-2016 Hall of Famer

“Romance is a powerful disease.”

July 4, 1905 - January 2, 1991
Birthplace: Hadley, Massachussetts

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Robert LeGrand "Bob" Johnstone III

Bob Johnstone - 2016HallofFamer

“I’m blessed to pursue my passion as a business.”

March 8, 1934
Birthplace: Glen Ridge, New Jersey

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Rodney Stuart "Rod" Johnstone


“Half the pleasure of owning any boat is looking at it.”

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John Beresford “Jim” Kilroy


“My best memories of the Kialoa years are of the crew, what we accomplished together.
They’ve all stayed in touch, forging friendships around the world.”

May 1, 1922 — September 29, 2016
Birthplace: Ruby, Alaska


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Bruce Robert William Kirby

Bruce Robert Williams Kirby, Jr.

“Once I’m in my Sonar, the aches and pains go away.”

January 2, 1929 -
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario
U.S Citizen: May 31, 1999

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John Paul Kostecki

John Paul Kostecki

“I was more scared on BMWOracle’s big trimaran than I was at any time during the Volvo Ocean Race. It wasn’t just a little scary. It was scary.

June 7, 1964 -
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Timothea "Timmy" Larr

Timmy Larr

“I don’t look backwards or keep records – I look ahead.”

June 1, 1940
Birthplace: Oyster Bay, New York

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William Carl “Bill” Martin

Bill Martin 2017HallofFamer web

“When you make a deal, leave something on the table for everybody.”

September 6, 1940 —
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan


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Harry C. "Buddy" Melges, Jr.

Buddy Melges

“The best helmsmen are the ones who can keep the most channels open.”

January 26, 1930 -
Birthplace: Zenda, Wisconsin

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Samuel Vaughn “Sam” Merrick

Sam Merrick

“Where's Stuart?”

March 24, 1914 - April 17, 2000
Birthplace: Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania


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Clark Wilbur “Clarkie” Mills

Clark Mills 2017HallofFamer web

“Just because the boats look stupid don’t mean nothing.”

January 28, 1915 – December 11, 2001
Birthplace: Jackson, Michigan

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Emil "Bus" Mosbacher, Jr.

Bus Mosbacher

“Starts are of great importance... in a match race, perhaps 50%.”

April 1, 1922 - August 13, 1997
Birthplace: White Plains, New York

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Robert Staunton “Robby” Naish

Robby Naish 2017 Hall of Famer,  Photo Craig Kolesky Red Bull Content Pool

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“I love the freedom of the sport, there are no rules.”

April 22, 1963 —
Birthplace: La Jolla, California

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Lowell Orten North

Lowell North

“In my wildest dreams I wouldn't have imagined where North Sails has gone.”

December 2, 1929 -
Birthplace: Springfield, Missouri

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George Dyer O’Day


“Stay on the wave as long as possible.”

May 19, 1923 – July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts

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Thomas James "Tom" Perkins

Tom Perkins - 2016 Hall of Famer  

“If there is no risk, you have already missed the boat."

January 7, 1932 — June 7, 2016
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois


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Mark Jeffery Reynolds

Mark Jeffery Reynolds

“Fifty three years later, it’s still special — I just really enjoy sailing the Star Boat.”

November 2, 1955 -
Birthplace: San Diego, California

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Morris "Rosy" Rosenfeld

Morris Rosenfeld

“I always leave one plate unexposed in case something happens on the way home.”

February 16, 1885 – September 21, 1968
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
U.S. Citizen: July 28, 1904 Brooklyn, New York

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Cornelius “Corny” Shields

Corny Shields 2017HallofFamer web

“A great deal of my best instruction I learned from juniors and beginners.”

April 7, 1895 – October 15, 1981
Birthplace: Canada


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Joshua Slocum

joshua Slocum

“To young men contemplating a voyage, I say go.”

February 20, 1844 - Unknown
Birthplace: Mount Hanley, Nova Scotia.
Naturalized U.S. Citizen 1865 in San Francisco.

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Randolph Lyle “Randy” Smyth

Randy Smyth 2017HallofFamer web

“Speed makes you look good.”

July 7, 1954 –
Birthplace: Pasadena, California

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Olin James Stephens II

Olin Stephens

“I was lucky; I had a goal. As far back as I can remember I wanted to design fast boats.”

April 13, 1908 - September 13, 2008
Birthplace: New York

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Roderick "Rod" Stephens, Jr.


“Don’t forget your storm sails are for storms. When it’s blowing 60, small is beautiful.”

August 7, 1909– January 10, 1995
Birthplace: Bronx, New York

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John Cox Stevens

John Cox Stevens

"Although it would be most agreeable to me that this race should be for a cup of limited value...I am willing to stake upon the issue any sum not to exceed 10,000 guineas."

September 24, 1785 – June 13, 1857
Birthplace: New York, New York

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Robert Edward "Ted" Turner

Ted Turner

“I lose my self-restraint and just get up and dance sometimes.”

November 19, 1938 -
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

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David Charles "Dave" Ullman

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“The goal on a boat is to surround yourself with people better than you.”

January 6, 1946
Birthplace: Newport Beach, California

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Harold Stirling "Mike" Vanderbilt

Harold Vanderbilt

“Henceforth (with the J-class) we will take tiny steps. Such is the history of things associated with mechanics as they approach the perfection man is capable of bestowing.”

July 6, 1884 - July 4, 1970
Birthplace: Oakdale, New York

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Stuart Hodge "Stu" Walker, M.D.

Stuart Walker

“There are many who, in sailing, are reminded of symbolic conflicts with 'father,' or 'brother' and who, in an impasse between stimulated desire to defeat him and a guilty concern that they might, alternate between pressing on to victory and deliberate self-destruction.”
— From Winning: The Psychology of Competition

April 19, 1923
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York

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Thomas Avery “Tom” Whidden II

Tom Whidden 2017HallofFamer web

“My business is sailmaking, and my passion is sailing.”

September 24, 1947
Birthplace: New York, New York

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