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The sport of sailing is a step closer to having its own “Hall of Famers.” The National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame is starting the process today by going live with an online form the general public is invited to use to make nominations.
Future Hall of Famers will be Americans who are 45 years of age and up, and who have made a significant impact on the growth and development of the sport in the U.S. in categories such as design, racing, cruising, coaching, and administration, among others.
Non-citizens may be included if they have had an impact on the sport in the U.S., and posthumous nominations will also be accepted. The nomination period will run from April 1 through June 1, with the inductees for 2011 determined by late August.
To nominate your candidate online, go to www.nshof.org.
Complete instructions on how to register and complete your nomination online are provided on the website.
“We are excited to be joining other sports that recognize the accomplishments of their most outstanding participants,” said Dick Franyo, President of the NSHOF Board. “The Hall of Fame is endorsed by U.S. Sailing, the national governing body for the sport, and judging by the feedback we have received, has the enthusiast support of many sailors around the country.”
The historic first class of inductees will be recognized on October 23, 2011, during ceremonies scheduled to take place at the San Diego Yacht Club in California. The undertaking to recognize Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing is central to the mission of the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame which was formed in 2005 and has already completed phase one of its plan to establish a permanent facility on the historic waterfront of Annapolis, Maryland. A selection committee appointed by the NSHOF will include representatives from the NSHOF, U.S. Sailing, the sailing media, the sailing industry, community sailing, a maritime museum, and NSHOF founding member clubs.
The National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving the history of the sport and its impact on American culture; honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing; the teaching of math, science and American history; inspiring and encouraging sailing development; and to providing an international landmark for sailing enthusiasts. www.nshof.org