Seattle, WA (10 November 2019) – This weekend's National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) celebrated its ninth induction class in ceremonies at the 126-year-old Seattle Yacht Club Central Station, registered in the National Register of Historic Places Portage Bay.
"These launch ceremonies are the crown jewel of the National Sailing Hall of Fame, which is why we exist and they are at the heart of our mission to celebrate the heroes of our sport," said Gus Carlson, president of the NSHOF, in his opening remarks. "The Inductees we honor today cover a broad spectrum of our sport, and the influences they have had have changed the game."
To welcome the class of 2019, the former Inductees Gary Jobson, Bob Johnstone and Tom Whidden were available. The 10 Inductees, including eight posthumous honorees, bring the number of heroes of the sport to 81. The National Sailing Hall of Fame continues to fulfill its mission by attracting the attention and recognition of Americans who have made outstanding contributions to yachting.
Joined the National Sailing Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2019: passionate sailor whose leadership role in creating safety protocols has had a global impact on offshore sailing, Capt. John Bonds (Annapolis, Md./Charleston, S.C.); Founder of Newport Bermuda Race, 1906, Thomas F. Day (Somerset, England / New York, NY); Sailmaker Robbie Doyle (Marblehead, Mass.); Olympic champion Buddy Friedrichs (New Orleans, La.); and the first women's Olympic gold medalist in sports, Allison Jolly (St. Petersburg, Florida);
Also included were shipbuilder Donald McKay (Jordan Falls, Nova Scotia / East Boston, Massachusetts); the grandfather of fiberglass production, Everett A. Pearson (Warren, R.I./Estero, Fla.); groundbreaking yacht designer Doug Peterson (San Diego, California); Publisher and publisher of Herbert Lawrence Stone magazine (Charleston, SC / New York, NY). Another inductee, author and world-class sailor, Arthur Knapp Jr. (Larchmont, NY), receives the NSHOF Lifetime Achievement Award.
Postum John Bonds (1939-2010)
Birth in the landlocked state of Arkansas has certainly not prepared Bonds for his future career, as his interest in boats and the sea has only awakened at Rice University in Houston. In 1988, he retired as captain and was appointed in 1981 as Director of Navy Sailing at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis.
Around the same time he joined the Safety At Sea Committee of the US Yacht Racing Union (now US Sailing) and combined his love of sailing with his interest in seamanship and safe sailing procedures. Research into the Midshipmen of the Navy has developed the Quick Stop maneuver for rescue personnel overboard.
Bonds was also instrumental in the testing of inflatable lifejackets. When he opened the Academy's security seminars to the public in 1984, he laid the foundation for a now recognized program of Safety At Sea seminars. Bonds took over the helm of US Sailing as an executive director from 1988-1994, before he began teaching at The Citadel in Charleston and earned his doctorate. in his 60s.
"He loved races, he loved supplies, he loved practicing, he loved the whole sport," said daughter Margaret Podlich. "His infectious enthusiasm is his legacy. He died suddenly on his boat, which has given us some lessons: you play hard, you find joy every day, you do what you can to make the world a better place, and above all, you sail every time if you can go and wherever you can. "
Thomas F. Day (1861-1927), posthumous convict
Born in England, Day was a boy when he emigrated to New York with his parents and grew up with boats on Long Island Sound. He worked as a manufacturer of boat accessories and small boats and saw at the age of 30 years, the need for a magazine on boating and sailing. He founded The Rudder in 1891 and edited it for over 30 years.
During this time, he actively created races to demonstrate that amateur sailors did not need large yachts to sail off the coast. In 1904, he organized a 330-mile race from Sandy Hook to Marblehead; 1905 another race from Brooklyn to Virginia. When he organized the Bermuda race in 1906, his legacy was assured. He went on to make longer passages – on motor yachts and under sails – and document them in bestsellers, including Across the Atlantic in Sea Bird. When he retired from The Rudder in 1916, Day opened a marine equipment company in New York City.
"Writing spurred on the sport, sustained the sport and often revitalized it," author John Rousmaniere said during the saluting of the day, which was described as one of the dominant figures in sailing of his time. "The Tom Bermuda race will be over 100 years old next year. The organizers expect 250 boats sailed by 2,000 men and women. This is one of the many reasons why we can agree with Tom Day's colleagues that he was the dominant figure in the annals of yachting.
Convicted Robbie Doyle (1949-)
When his father contracted Doyle and his sibling siblings, he most likely paved the way for his life. As a young teenager, Doyle won two junior national championships and focused on winning a Finn for the 1968 Olympic team. He barely missed qualifying, but was selected as a replacement and tuning partner for the team to meet sail stars, the Flying Dutchman and Dragons.
Doyle attended Harvard University, where he worked three times as ICSA All-American while completing his undergraduate studies in applied physics with a focus on fluid flow. When Ted Hood recruited him to set sail, his plan to practice medicine was temporarily suspended until an offer to sail in the America's Cup finalized the decision. Doyle Sails was founded in 1982 using a high-tech sailmaking approach.
From successful sailing constructions to the development of sailload prediction and analysis programs, Doyle Sailmakers has grown from its roots in Massachusetts into a company with 80 lofts in 30 countries and has become a leader in the construction of mega-yacht sails. Doyle sold the company in 2017 and continued sailing offshore while managing the loft in Salem, Massachusetts.
"This is a really humiliating experience," said Doyle. "The person who may have influenced me the most and got me into the industry was Peter Barrett. His heartfelt personality and true love for sailing and the science behind it were very inspiring. There is a saying by Sir Isaac Newton: I can see further because I am standing on the shoulders of giants.
"Although my association with people like Lowell North, Ted Hood and Ted Turner has certainly helped me to continue, my success is really based on standing on the shoulders of those who are not so famous. There is another quote that could be attributed to many, perhaps the driving force in my life: where there is a problem, there is a chance.
"There are many key people, including owners and ship architects, who trust in me – and continue to do so – even though the early execution was anything but perfect. I'm lucky enough to be here today. "
Posthumous Inductee Buddy Friedrichs (1940-1991)
Freidrichs began his sport at the age of 10 at the Southern Yacht Club (SYC) in New Orleans and continued sailing during his studies at Tulane University (class of 1962). After college and at the beginning of his career as a stockbroker, he dominated on the water in one-design classes, garnering national championship titles in the Luders 16 and winning the 1964 Star Class North American Championship.
When SYC founded a syndicate to support an Olympic campaign in the dragon class, Friedrichs was named a skipper. The three-time North American Dragonmaster (1965-1967) won the 1965 Canadian and 1966 European Championships. Two world titles (1966 in Copenhagen and 1967 in Toronto) were important milestones on the way to the 1968 Olympic Regatta in Acapulco, where Friedrichs won the gold medal with Barton Jahncke and Click Schreck.
The three did not compete against each other, but worked as a team to bring SYC the second gold medal. Friedrichs was often on the podium in larger boats and won seven times the annual Gulfport-to-Pensacola race and 1987 including the Phoenix Cup Offshore Championship. He died unexpectedly at the age of 51 after a heart attack.
"My father was a tough competitor and a true Corinthian," said son Shelby Friedrichs, who was accompanied by over 20 family members, friends and supporters of the Southern Yacht Club to honor Frederick's legacy and celebrate his admission to the National Sailing Hall fame.
"Over the years, there have been many people who have sailed with my father. Everyone has a story to tell and a lesson he has learned. The crew was a very important part of my father's sailing history. I was 18 years old when my dad died. His inheritance never died. Many thanks to everyone who stopped to tell me and my family a story about the race to the finish, the victorious regatta, or just the everyday moment with my dad.
"This helps us all to keep his legacy and his sailing alive. He had a great work-hard-hard philosophy in life. The gold medal was perhaps my father's proudest achievement, but as the son of a sailor, it is my proudest moment to accept this in his name. "
Convicted Allison Jolly (1956-)
Jolly started exercising early when she was 10 years old, and when she graduated in Chemistry from the University of Florida, she had won Women's College Sailing Nationals in 1975 and 1976, among others. When the very first women's sailing event (the 470 womens) was announced for the 1988 Olympics, Jolly teamed with Lynn Jewell to win the opportunity to represent the US in Korea.
The sailing event, which took place in Pusan, became remarkable for the conditions. The sailing events in Pusan were the windiest ever in the games. Jolly and Jewell drove through the first four races and were then disqualified in the fifth race. To secure the gold medal, they had to occupy at least the 14th place. When the jib dropped in the last race, the gold seemed lost until the duo managed a repair despite the big sea and high winds.
They took a big risk and were the only team to fly a spinnaker under extreme conditions. The move brought her to the top of the podium and a place in history. Jolly raced on and holds numerous titles. She became a sailing trainer at the University of South Florida in 2004 and is in her 15th season with the Bulls. This coming weekend she will be back on the water in St. Petersburg, closing the circle by teaching eight beginners to learn sailing lessons.
"You can not imagine how honored and humbled I am to be in this group of sailors," said Jolly. "I started sailing in Prams in St. Pete and immediately fell in love with this sport. I liked the unique emphasis on both athletic and academic skills. My dad tried to derail my sailing because I was too passive. I leave the people at the mark. I did not want to have confrontations.
"He actually threatened to take me out of the sport. I realized that I had to change something. And that was to surround me with people who could deliver the tools that I needed to succeed, that I lacked.
"I was fortunate enough to find these crews, coaches, mentors, not necessarily sailing mentors, friends and family members on and off the water, who only improved my limited abilities and was an amazing addition to what I brought with me to the sport , There are too many to thank, thanks for this incredible honor. "
Posthumous convict Donald McKay (1810-1880)
McKay was born in Nova Scotia and came to New York in 1826 where he worked for shipbuilders Brown & Bell and Isaac Webb. In 1841 he opened his first shipyard in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and settled in East Boston in 1845, where he built parcel ships, the emigrants to the United States promoted.
As a designer and builder of ships, his goal was to ferry cargo and passengers across the oceans quickly, and for a short time his boats were the fastest on the ocean. Among the most memorable was Flying Cloud, whose speed record lasted over a century. "We are honored that he is recognized for what he has made sailing," said offspring Dave McKay.
Posthumous convict Everett Pearson (1933-2017)
Pearson received his bachelor's degree in economics from Brown University (class of 1955), where he was captain of the football team. He went into boatbuilding and built inflatable boats in a garage with new and not yet tested fiberglass construction methods.
As one of the first American manufacturers of sailboats made of fiberglass, he became one of the best series manufacturers of sailboats. The 28.5 Pearson Triton and 22.5 Pearson Ensign (including models) were among the most popular keelboats in the US during the 1960s, and every J / Boat he built was awarded the Boat of the Year. Of the 26 boats currently in the American Sailboat Hall of Fame, five were built by Pearson: Triton, Ensign, J / 24, J / 35 and Freedom 40.
In 1968, he continued his boatbuilding and fiberglass work at Tillotson-Pearson Inc., including building rotor blades, full composite bus bodies, test track vehicles for Disney Imagineering and J Boats. At one point he built six boats a day. As co-founder of Sail America (SA) and later co-founder of Sail Expo, he was instrumental in promoting the sailing industry.
"Thanks for giving this honor to Dad," said son Mark Pearson. "Whenever he did something, he jumped in with both feet, no matter what. His faith, his family, his friends and his business. If you have Everett Pearson, you have it all. There was one he was very proud of and that meant a lot to him.
"After talking with Harry Horgan, who had the dream of luring disabled people onto the water, Everett agreed to build the boat if Harry built the organization. The boat was freedom independence. The organization was Shake-A-Leg. Soon after, they had a design meeting, and Everett told Harry that the lawyers did not think they should build the boat because there was too much grip. Everett's answer was that even the disabled deserved to get hurt and so they built the boat.
"At the conclusion of the first regatta, a college football player came to my dad and talked about the adrenaline rush you get during a game he had earlier, but after his injury was taken away. Today you gave it back to me and I want to thank you. Dad did not want the awards, he wanted someone else to benefit from them. On behalf of the family, thank you, we appreciate that. "
After the death Doug Peterson (1945-2017)
In the 1970s and early 1980s, Peterson was one of the world's best yacht designers and possibly the best racing yacht designer of the time. A freethinker and freethinker, he combined the art and science of sailing in his prolific designs, which won virtually all of the major racing titles, including the Southern Ocean Racing Conference and the Admiral's Cup, as well as two America's Cups (America3 in the year 1992) and Black Magic in 1995).
He was largely self-taught and borrowed money from his grandmother to build his first draft, Ganbare, by design. Ganbare won the 1973 1973 One Ton North American Championship and made Peterson famous.
"My siblings and I are so grateful for this introduction," said daughter Laura Peterson. "It's a wonderful honor for our father and a great way to continue the celebration of his life."
Postum Herbert Lawrence Stone (1871-1955)
Stone spent much of his childhood in New York, learning to sail in the bays of Cape Cod this summer in Plymouth, Massachusetts. After being diagnosed with lung disease at Stone, he went to sea at the age of 17.
Under the command of Captain Josiah Morton he made several trips on the schooner Hattie Weston. On January 1, 1907, the first issue of Yachting appeared in the stands. A year later, he became the second editor of the magazine, which changed hands until 1952.
Stone was passionately dedicated to a lifelong career that promoted sailing. In 1922 he became one of the founding members of the Cruising Club of America and in 1923 was his second commodore. His influence helped him lead this club to an outstanding position in international yachting.
"In every decade of his life, he has shaped the sport," said granddaughter Katherine Stone Nichol. "Although he has teamed up with the kings of sailing, his heart and loyalty remained with the little sailor. The first issue of Yachting appeared in 1907 in the stands.
"Herb was appointed managing editor next year and served as the journal's keynote for the next 44 years. Despite the resistance, Stone is fully responsible for the revival and healthy growth of the Newport Bermuda race in 1923.
"He believed that there was nothing that developed around seamanship and ingenuity as well as long-distance races that kept participants running day and night. He was the father of American deep-sea racing … the sailor's voice from dinghies to deep-sea racers. "
Postum Arthur Knapp, Jr. (1907-1992)
Knapp also received the NSHOF 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. Knapp began sailing the waters of Long Island Sound at the age of six, switching from the 12-inch Butterfly class to the 22-inch Star class within a few years. He won the Star World Championship twice, in 1924 as a crew and 1930 as a skipper.
The college boom was still in its infancy when Knapp attended Princeton University, where he founded the Princeton Sailing Team in 1928 – the same year he was the winner of the school's first Intercollegiate regatta against Harvard and Yale, which sailed in 8 meters. After Princeton and until his retirement in the mid-1970s, he was a broker on the New York Stock Exchange, while his passion for sailing made him a leading figure in US and international yachting circles.
He won national sailing titles in classes 5.5 meters and shields; 1937 was a member of the winning America's Cup team on board Ranger. and was co-founder of the Frostbite Yacht Club in 1932. The longtime resident of Larchmont, NY, also dominated the winter sail scene as the 14-time winner of the annual Frostbite series of the Larchmont Yacht Club (1946-1996). In 1952 Knapp transferred his knowledge and experience in print and wrote Race Your Boat Right.
"He always believed that you did something for a reason, but that you can always learn and try to do better and learn more," said grandson Phil Engle. "That's what led me to say when I was 70 years old that I learned another way to pack a spinnaker, so let's try it out, and it also led to some interesting off-shore experiments, such as sorting the spinnaker Newspapers so you can read The New York Times because it's hotter and it's better to cook a steak or cook a bluefish in the dishwasher That's it He loved races and loved the competition, he really appreciated that. And I would like to thank everyone involved. "
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed lunch overlooking Portage Bay before gathering for dinner. Sponsored by Rolex Watch USA and North Sails, the invitation-only events were dedicated to the Seattle Yacht Club Foundation, which was honored by former Foundation President Pam Sanford. An historical glimpse into Seattle's rich sailing history was provided by Chris Otorowski, former Commodore of SYC and chair of the organizing committee, while Tom Whidden, an NSHOF inducer of 2017, paid homage to Induced Olaf Harken and Lowell North in 2014 and 2011, who left us too early.
Seafarers from all over the country nominated for their introduction, and the selection committee reviewed a variety of nominations to determine the members of this class of inducers. Nominations are accepted year-round on nominate.nshof.org. The 31st of March is the closing date for the nomination of a person for the current year.
Participants are US citizens 55 years of age and over who have a significant impact on US growth and development in the categories of sailing, engineering / design and participants (coaches, administrators, sailing media). Non-citizen nominations were also taken into account when influencing US sports, and posthumous nominations were also accepted, with the mandate (from 2019) stating that three Inductees have passed away for 60 years or more to explicitly recognize this American sailing that shaped the sport we know today.
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a 55-year-old or older American citizen who has consistently spent most of his life sailing, been successful in sports, and has also achieved a notable position in non-sailing.
The commitment to recognize Americans who have made outstanding contributions to sport is central to the mission of the NSHOF, founded in 2005 in Annapolis, Maryland. Earlier this year, the organization acquired the historic waterfront armory in Newport, R.I.
In a building that once served as the press center for the America's Cup, a home for the heroes of American sailing is created. preserve the past of the sport while gaining the next generation for the future.
Interactive educational exhibits offer real uses of STEAM concepts brought to life by sailing. Visitors of all ages, both non-sailors and sailors, will experience the magic that comes when wind and water meet. Before the exhibits are installed, Class 2020 NSHOF participants will be celebrated on September 12, 2020 in the newly restored building.
2019 National Sailing Hall of Fame (alphabetical):
John B. Bonds * (Annapolis, Md./Charleston, S.C.)
Thomas F. Day (Somerset, England / New York, NY)
Robbie Doyle (Marblehead, Mass.)
Buddy Friedrichs * (New Orleans, La.)
Allison Jolly (St. Petersburg, Florida)
Arthur Knapp, Jr. * (Larchmont, NY) – Lifetime Achievement Award 2019
Donald McKayǂ (Jordan Falls, Nova Scotia, East Boston, Massachusetts);
Everett A. Pearson * (Warren, R.I./Estero, Fla.)
Doug Peterson * (San Diego, California)
Herbert Lawrence Stoneǂ (Charleston, SC / New York, NY)
* posthumous (ǂ indicates that the defendant died 60 years or more)
About the NSHOF:
The National Sailing Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving sports history and its impact on American culture. Honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to sailing; teaching mathematics, science and American history; inspiring and encouraging sail development; and an international landmark for sailing enthusiasts.
The NSHOF has partnered with US Sailing and works with yacht clubs across the country to identify role models for excellence. Further information about the NSHOF can be found at: www.nshof.org