The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) announced today nine sailors comprising its 10th anniversary class of inductees. Coronado’s Robbie Haines is a former Olympic gold-medalist and world champion – read his bio here.
The Class of 2020 includes:
• James E. Buttersworth, the renowned 19th century maritime painter;
• Sandy 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;
• The 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award winner is Briggs Cunningham, Jr., champion car racer, yachtsman, and benefactor to many sailing endeavors.
“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 members of the class of 2020 join 81 current Hall of Famers to be featured at the National Sailing Hall of Fame’s new home in Newport, R.I., scheduled to open in late of Spring 2022. For more on the inductees, please visit: nshof.org/hall-of-fame.
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 class will be formally celebrated virtually on Saturday, September 12, 2020. A traditional Induction Ceremony is being planned for September 2021 in Newport, R.I. and will celebrate both the Classes of 2020 and 2021.