The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) today announced thirteen sailors making up their 12th class of recruits. The Class of 2022 includes:
- Ed Adams – Sailing racing legend and trainer, Adams has excelled in collegiate, world championship and offshore competition. As a coach, he has won numerous Olympic and world championship titles with his teams.
- Absalom Boston – Mariner, entrepreneur and civil leader, Boston was the first African American to command a whale ship with an all-black crew in 1822.
- Doris Colgate – From teaching to mentoring, writing to creating organizations that get more women on the water, Colgate has dedicated her life to improving opportunities for women in sailing. She and her husband Steve (Class of 2015) have built Offshore Sailing School into a successful business helping many sailors safely enjoy their time on the water.
- Bruce Farr – Innovative master sailor, he was the naval architect for seven America’s Cup campaigns and his company was responsible for hundreds of groundbreaking designs that influenced the direction of yacht design around the world.
- Garry Hoyt – Sailor and Marketing Manager, competed in three Olympic Games and several One Design Championships. Hoyt is the founder of Freedom Yachts and holds ten patents for innovations that make sailing “easier”.
- Bill Lee – Yacht designer known for his motto ‘fast is fun’, Lee designed fast yet easy to sail boats that have won multiple awards. He is the founder of the Santa Cruz Boat Company.
- Jonathan McKee – Accomplished competitor with multiple world titles and Olympic bronze and gold medals. McKee was the head coach of the 1992 United States Olympic Sailing Team, which took home medals in 9 out of 10 classes.
- Lin and Larry Pardey – Legendary cruisers, the Pardeys circumnavigated the globe twice in two under 30 foot wooden boats with no engines that they built themselves. Sharing their adventures through educational films, hundreds of lectures and 12 books, they inspired generations of crusaders.
- Nick Scandone – Paralympic Champion, Scandone defied an ALS diagnosis, was named Rolex Yachtsman of the Year in 2005 and won a Paralympic gold medal in 2008. At the opening ceremony in Beijing, he proudly carried the American flag on behalf of the entire American team.
- The 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Roy Disney, Terry Kohler and Frances Wakeman.
- Disney was a passionate regatta sailor, participating in 16 transpacific yacht races and setting a course record in 1999. In addition to regatta records and championships, Disney has been an enthusiastic supporter of youth sailing projects, including the creation of the major motion picture Morning Light.
- Kohler was a lifelong competitive sailor who was actively involved in improving the sport. He was instrumental in the reactivation of the Women’s International Match Racing Association (WIMRA). He acquired North Sails from Lowell North (class of 2011) in 1983 and under his leadership grew it into the largest sailmaker in the world by 2014.
- Wakeman was a sailor exceptional, winning the Adams Cup, the North American women’s sailing championship, four years in a row between 1935 and 1938. She was a tireless advocate for women in competition and an inspiration for sailors to embody the virtues of fairness and sportsmanship to play and to understand that competition is an enjoyable endeavor.
“This year’s nominees exemplify innovation, virtuous competition and are exceptional sources of inspiration for both young and old in the sport of sailing,” said Gus Carlson, President of the National Sailing Hall of Fame. “We are proud to recognize their achievements and welcome them to the Hall of Fame.”
The Class of 2022 members join 101 current National Sailing Hall of Famers, all of whom are featured in the Legends of Sailing exhibit at The Sailing Museum, which recently opened in Newport, RI. An interactive experience will feature their photos, career highlights and quotes from the legends themselves. The newest inductees of the Hall of Fame will be honored at the museum later this year. 2022 marks the twelfth year of annual induction into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. For more information on the new additions, visit: nshof.org/hall-of-fame.
The Class of 2022 will be officially celebrated with an induction ceremony and dinner in Newport, RI in November. A welcome reception will be held on Friday, November 4th at The Sailing Museum, housed at the former home of the International Press Corps during the 12 meter America’s Cup era in Newport. The ceremony and dinner will be held on Saturday, November 5th at the adjacent International Tennis Hall of Fame. The induction weekend has become notable as a reunion of the who’s who of sailing as previous inductees join the celebrations to welcome their peers into the Hall of Fame. Further details on the events, sponsors and participants will be announced shortly.
The candidates were nominated by seafarers from the United States. Nominations were reviewed by a selection committee composed of representatives from the NSHOF Board of Directors, past nominees, the sailing media, the sailing industry, community sailing, a maritime museum, the cruising community and US Sailing. Nominations are accepted year-round at nshof.org/nominations. The deadline for Class of 2023 nominees is January 31st.
Nominees must be American citizens at least 55 years of age and have made a lasting and significant impact on the growth and development of the sport in the United States, nationally or internationally, in the following categories:
- Sailing – Recognition of achievements on the water as a sailor, cruiser or ocean runner.
- Engineering – Recognizing those who have contributed significantly to the technical aspects of sailing. Examples are designers, boat builders, sail makers, etc.
- Contributor – Recognizing those who have made other significant contributions to the American sailing experience. Examples include teachers, trainers, administrators, media (including author’s works, television, film, etc.), artists, musicians, promoters and organizers.
Nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award must be American citizens age 55 or older who have achieved achievement in and outside of sailing and have made a meaningful contribution to the sport. Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are selected by the NSHOF Board of Directors.