National Sailing Hall of Fame sets first annual induction

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Influential people in the sport of sailing are about to get their due with the new National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame, which will induct its first class Oct. 23, 2011. Ceremonies will take place at the San Diego Yacht Club in California.

The hall will recognize Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing. The NSHOF was formed in 2005.

“We now have one place that will honor the heroes of American sailing,” said US SAILING President Gary Jobson in endorsing the NSHOF. A selection committee appointed by the NSHOF will include representatives from the national governing body, the sailing media, the sailing industry, community sailing and NSHOF founding yacht clubs.

The group will honor up to 15 inductees. Nominations will be accepted from April 1 through June 1. Nominees must be American citizens who are 45 years of age and up, and who have made a significant impact on the growth and development of the sport in the U.S. in categories such as design, racing, cruising, coaching and administration, among others. Non-citizens may be included if they have also had an impact on the sport in the U.S., and posthumous nominations will also be accepted.

The group is working on a permanent facility on the historic waterfront of Annapolis, Md.

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