The National Sailing Center and the Hall of Fame (NSHOF) inducted nine new members into the NSHOF this past Sunday in New Orleans. The recipients, four living and five deceased, received their inductions based on their contributions to the growth and development of the sport in the categories of Sailing, Technical/Design and Contributor.
The induction ceremony took place at the Southern Yacht Club, the second-oldest yacht club in the United States, and featured opening music by the U.S. Marine Corps band.
Recipients present to receive their inductions from NHSOF President Dick Frayno included: Bruce Kirby who designed the model for the Laser; record-breaking and award-winning navigator Stan Honey who also developed the yellow first-down line for televised football; 11-time world champion in a range of one-design classes John Kostecki; and four-time Olympian Mark Reynolds.
“It’s an incredible honor to be included in this list,” Honey said. “These are individuals who have provided a huge inspiration for me through the time I’ve been sailing.”
The ceremony also posthumously honored three-time Olympian and former North Sails’ president Peter Barrett (1935-2000); America’s Cup Champion and author Bob Bavier (1918-2001); Beppe Croce Trophy recipient Gregg Bemis (1900-1995); founder and first commodore of the New York Yacht Club John Cox Stevens (1785-1857); and America’s Cup veteran and U.S. Medal of Freedom recipient Roderick Stephens Jr. (1909-1995).
The recipients were nominated over a two-month period, and were selected by a committee made up of representatives from the national governing body, the sailing media, the sailing industry, community sailing, a maritime museum, NHSOF founding yacht clubs and the 2011 class of inductees. For more on the NSHOF, visit nshof.org.
Photo by NSHOF/George Long