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.