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Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations

The National Sailing Hall of Fame accepts nominations any time, but only those received by midnight (Pacific Time) on March 30 will be considered for this year’s class of Inductees. (Nominations received after March 30 will be included for consideration for the Class of 2019.)

Stan Honey, John Kostecki and Mark Reynolds are among inductees from the West Coast. They were inducted in 2012.

© 2018 George Long

Nominating categories:

  • The Sailing Category recognizes achievements made on the water as a Sailboat Racer, Cruiser or Offshore Sailor.
  • The Technical Category recognizes those who have significantly contributed to the technical aspects of sailing. Examples include Designers, Boat Builders, Sailmakers, etc.
  • The Contributor Category recognizes those who have made other significant contributions to the American sailing experience. Examples include Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Media (including authored works, TV, film, etc.), Artists, Musicians, Promoters and Organizers.

You can nominate almost anyone from American sailing past or present — a racer, cruiser, pioneer, inventor, naval architect, author, instructor, musician — anyone who has made a significant contribution to American sailing.

Your candidate must:

  • Be a US citizen. Although if someone of international birth has made a significant impact on the development of the sport of sailing here in the United States, they may be nominated.
  • Be 45 years of age or older. Posthumous nominations may be made five years postmortem or in the year the deceased would have reached 45 years of age, whichever is sooner.

Your nomination should be convincing. Build a case for why your nominee should enter the Hall of Fame:

  • List accomplishments in and contributions to the world of sailing — races won, inventions, publications, awards, other recognitions, etc.
  • List of notable accomplishments and contributions outside of sailing that you feel should be considered.
  • A list of articles, web pages, photos, videos or other publications is helpful.
  • All of this information should be condensed to a clear and concise argument for your candidate.
  • Please keep in mind that the final document prepared for each candidate submitted to the Nominating Committee is limited to just two pages — so be detailed but brief.

One nomination is all it takes: It’s a nomination, not a vote. One nomination by any one person is all it takes for a candidate to be considered by the Nominating Committee. Submitting duplicate nominations or engaging others in a ‘campaign’ for your person only adds to the burdens placed on the NSHOF volunteers.

To learn more, including tips and videos on how to prepare your candidate’s information for submission, see

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