The 2013 National Sailing Hall of Fame Inductees

The National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame has announced the 2013 class of inductees to the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF).

The 10 inductees are being honored in recognition of their accomplishments in a variety of different areas and range from America’s Cup icon Tom Blackaller to Catalina Yachts founder Frank Butler. Naval architect John Alden and marine photographer Morris Rosenfeld are also among this year’s honorees, as is three-time U.S. Women’s Sailing Champion Timmy Larr.

Inductees must be American citizens who have influenced the development of sailing as a sport, ages 45 and above. Exceptions are made for non-citizens who have had a particularly large impact in the United States. Nominations are made in the categories of sailing, technical/design, contributor and posthumous nominees. Coaches, administrators and sailing media members all fall into the contributor classification.

The process begins with a two-month window for sailors across the country to send nominations to a selection committee. The committee is comprised of representatives from US Sailing, sailing media, the sailing industry, community sailing, a maritime museum, a previous inductee and the NSHOF Board.

An induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 27 at the Annapolis City Dock. The ceremony is open to the public, so consider heading to the National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame this fall and witness a piece of sailing history.

NSHOF is a not-for-profit that was created to preserve the cultural impact of sailing throughout history. The center has education programs, in part to encourage future generations of sailors. The two courses offered are Learning Math and Science Through Sailing and Learning American History Through Sailing. Within the Center are collections of sailing films, books, artwork, photography, music, and literature.



John Alden
Naval architect
Troy, N.Y./Marblehead, Mass.





Tom Blackaller
Americas Cup icon and two-time Star World Champion
Seattle, Wash./San Francisco, Calif.





Bill Buchan
1984 Star Olympic Gold Medalist and three-time Star World Champion
Medina, Wash.





Starling Burgess
Naval architect and aviation pioneer
Marblehead, Mass.





Frank Bulter
Catalina Yachts founder
Woodland Hills, Calif.





Runnie Colie Jr.
Seven-time International Penguin Champion
East Windsor, N.J.





David Curtis
Seven-time Etchells World Champion
Marblehead, Mass.






Timmy Larr
Three-time U.S. Women’s Sailing Champion
Oyster Bay, N.Y.





Morris Rosenfeld
Marine photographer 
Budapest, Hungary/New York, N.Y.





Stu Walker
1968 Olympian and sailing author
Annapolis, Md.




Photos courtesy of the National Sailing Hall of Fame website

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