Sailing Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2021

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This weekend, the National Sailing Hall of Fame has inducted eleven new members to make up the class of 2021. “The remarkable achievements of this year’s class exemplify excellence and an unwavering dedication to our sport,” said National Sailing Hall of Fame president Gus Carlson. “We are proud to honor the accomplishments of these extraordinary people and confident they will inspire future generations of sailors, innovators and contributors.”

The inductees are:

  • Alexander Bryan and Cortlandt Heyniger, the designers and producers of the Sunfish and founders of Alcort, Inc.
  • William Carl Buchan, championship sailor, Olympic gold medal winner and 1988 defender of the America’s Cup
  • Augie Diaz, Rolex Yachtsman of the Year; Star, Snipe and Laser World Champion; and 505 North American Champion
  • Gilbert T. Gray, Olympic gold medalist in the Star Class debut Olympiad, race official and chief measurer.
  • Lynne Jewell Shore, one of the first women to win an Olympic gold medal in sailing, Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year and former Executive Director of Sail Newport
  • Rear Admiral Stephen B. Luce, founder of the U.S. Naval War College (1884) and leading educator on seamanship and training for the Navy
  • Jane Wiswell Pegel, three-time Martini & Rossi (now Rolex) Yachtswoman of the Year and winner of several National and North American Championships in sailing and iceboating
  • Dawn Riley, the first woman ever to manage an America’s Cup syndicate and the first American to sail in three America’s Cups and two Whitbread Round the World (now The Ocean Race) races, current Executive Director of Oakcliff Sailing
  • Richard Rose, a thirty-year member of World Sailing’s Racing Rules of Sailing Committee, he is considered “the” international authority on the Racing Rules of Sailing
  • Captain Bill Pinkney, the first African American to solo-circumnavigate the world via the Capes, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award

The event was held in the historic Armory Building, future home of The Sailing Museum. The Class of 2020 was also recognized at this time after a virtual ceremony last year.

For more on the inductees, visit

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