NOMINATE A SAILING LEGEND
BY THE SAILING COMMUNITY, FOR THE SAILING COMMUNITY
NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2021 CYCLE HAVE CLOSED
Nominations are accepted year round. New nominations will be considered for the 2022 Cycle.
HOW IT WORKS
Before commencing the nomination process, please verify that your candidate has made a significant and sustained impact on United States sailing at a national and/or international level. All nominations are subject to review and acceptance by key members of the Selection Committee. Not all nominees will be accepted.
1: CHECK TO SEE IF YOUR CANDIDATE HAS ALREADY BEEN INDUCTED
Since 2011, 90 individuals have been inducted to the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Please confirm your candidate is not among them before submitting a nomination.
2: VERIFY THAT YOUR CANDIDATE HAS NOT ALREADY BEEN NOMINATED
Only one nomination is required to be considered for the Hall of Fame, and nominees are carried over each year. Therefore, voting or multiple nominations are not necessary.
3: COLLECT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR CANDIDATE, AND NOMINATE ONLINE
Please collect candidate contact information (or info for a surviving relative if deceased), merit details such as a sailing resume, news clippings, etc., and photos to include with your nomination statement.
Nominees fall into the three categories. You may choose more than one when nominating your candidate.
Nominees also fall into two eras, Modern and Historic. Historic nominees are those who have been deceased for 60 years or more at the time of selection.
Recognizes achievements made on the water as a Sailboat Racer, Cruiser or Offshore Sailor.
Recognizes those who have significantly contributed to the technical aspects of sailing. Examples include Designers, Boat Builders, Sail-makers, etc.
The Hall of Fame Process
1) A candidate is nominated through this site.
The Hall of Fame is neither a popularity contest nor a lottery, so a single nomination by one person will put that candidate up for consideration. All nominations are subject to review and acceptance by key members of the Selection Committee. Not all nominations will be accepted.
2) NSHOF Staff & Selection Committee review candidate for eligibility requirements.
Candidates must be at least 55 years old (or in the case of passing before 55, 5 years posthumously), and have made a significant and sustained impact on sailing at a national level. While the majority of nominees are US Citizens, foreign nationals may be nominated if their work has contributed significantly to the development of the sport in the USA. Candidates may be Modern (living or deceased) or Historic (deceased 60 years or more at time of selection)..
3) Verification and research by NSHOF staff to create a public profile for candidate.
4) In April, the Selection Committee convenes to review the merits of
the nominees and vote.
From among all eligible nominees (all years), each Sub-Committee (Sailing, Technical & Contributor) presents their category recommendations to the full Committee for review and discussion. Committee members then vote on all nominees, and candidates are determined in accordance with the scoring system outlined in the By-Laws. The Selection Committee presents their list of candidates to the Board of Directors for ratification.
5) Early Summer, the next class of inductees to the Hall of Fame
The Inductees to the National Sailing Hall of Fame are announced! All nominees not selected are carried over for consideration in the next year’s selection process.
6) Hall of Fame Induction
Inductees are honored at a Fall ceremony and reception.
2021 Hall of Fame
February 28 Nominations for the 2020 Cycle Close
March 15 Committee Chair & Sub-Committee Chairs Review Nominees
April 1-April 30 Sub-Committee Discussions
May 4 & May 6 Full Committee Discussions
May 13 Committee Votes on 2020 Nominees
May 28 Committee Presents List of Candidates to the NSHOF Board of Directors
June 9 NSHOF Board of Directors Vote to Ratify the List of Candidates
June 29 National Sailing Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Announced
October 16 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reception (Newport, RI)
Who is on the Selection Committee?
The Selection Committee is comprised of men and women who are national representatives from the National Sailing Hall of Fame Board of Directors, U.S. Sailing, Hall of Fame Inductees, NSHOF Founding Member Yacht Clubs, the media, the sailing industry, sailing museums, community sailing and exploration/cruising. These representatives are highly knowledgeable about the sport, it’s history, and personalities. The Selection Committee is carefully vetted annually and ratified by the Board of Directors. Members of the Selection Committee may serve up to (2) three-year term, and all members are required to adhere to established criteria outlined in the By-Laws & Rules for Election.
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