NOMINATE A SAILING LEGEND

BY THE SAILING COMMUNITY, FOR THE SAILING COMMUNITY

Accepting nominations for the National Sailing Hall of Fame Class of 2021!

HOW IT WORKS

1: CHECK TO SEE IF YOUR CANDIDATE HAS ALREADY BEEN INDUCTED

Since 2011, 81 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.

Nomination Categories

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. This new addition to the by-laws encourages recognition of those who came before us and made our sport what it is today.

Sailing

Recognizes achievements made on the water as a Sailboat Racer, Cruiser or Offshore Sailor.

Read full description here.

Technical

Recognizes those who have significantly contributed to the technical aspects of sailing. Examples include Designers, Boat Builders, Sail-makers, etc.

Read full description here.

Contributor

Recognizes those who have made other significant contributions to the American sailing experience. Examples include Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Media (including authored works, TV, film, etc.), Artists, Musicians, Promoters and Organizers.

Read full description here.

The Hall of Fame Process

Election to the National Sailing Hall of Fame is determined by a Selection Committee, in a process outlined in the Hall of Fame By-Laws & Rules for Election.

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.

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 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.

Within 2-3 weeks of nominating, qualified candidates will appear on the list of Nominees.

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
are announced.

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.

2020 Hall of Fame

Induction Calendar

March 31 Nominations for the 2020 Cycle Close 

April 14 Committee Chair & Sub-Committee Chairs Review Nominees 

April 15-May 4 Sub-Committee Discussions 

May 5-7 Full Committee Discussions

May 13 Committee Votes on 2020 Nominees 

May 20 Committee Presents List of Candidates to the NSHOF Board of Directors 

May 27 NSHOF Board of Directors Vote to Ratify the List of Candidates

June 23 National Sailing Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Announced 

Sept 12 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reception (Newport, RI)

Who is on the Selection Committee?

The Selection Committee is comprised of 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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