National Sailing Hall of Fame Announces 2020 Inductees

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The National Sailing Hall of Fame has announced its 10th anniversary class. The 2020 inductees include nine sailors and maritime figures who’ve displayed excellence in their contribution to the sailing world. “Honoring the remarkable achievements of the Class of 2020 is a fitting way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our inductions,” said Gus Carlson, president of the National Sailing Hall of Fame. “These sailors reflect the breadth of sailing in our country, embody the commitment to excellence that few possess and provide inspiration for generations of sailors to come.”


The Class of 2020 includes:

James E. Buttersworth, renowned 19th-century maritime painter

Gordon Douglass, designer of the Thistle, Highlander and Flying Scot one-design boats

Robbie Haines. Jr., Olympic gold medalist and world champion

Bill Mattison, national and world champion sailor and iceboater

Dave Perry, leading racer, coach, judge and author

John Rousmaniere, celebrated writer, sailor, historian and authority on seamanship and boating safety

Hoyle and Diane Schweitzer, whose efforts made windsurfing a worldwide pastime

Briggs Cunningham, Jr., recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award, champion car racer, yachtsman, and benefactor to many sailing endeavors


Due to COVID-19, the induction will be celebrated virtually on Saturday, September 12, 2020, to be followed by an in-person combined 2020-2021 inductee ceremony next year.

For more on the inductees, please visit: nshof.org/hall-of-fame.

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