America’s Cup Hall of Fame announces 2019 inductees

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Dyer Jones, photo by Dan Nerney

Dyer Jones, photo by Dan Nerney

The Herreshoff Marine Museum/America’s Cup Hall of Fame are inducting Dyer Jones, Henry Racamier and Bill Trenkle for 2019. The hall was founded in 1992 as an arm of the museum by Halsey Herreshoff, a four-time America’s Cup defender and grandson of designer Nathaniel G. Herreshoff. More than 80 America’s Cup participants have been inducted.

Candidates eligible for consideration include crew, designers, builders, syndicate leaders, supporters, chroniclers and others.

Trenkle, known for being a skilled sailor, was part of winning and losing campaigns. He raced and worked with Dennis Conner in eight America’s Cup campaigns over a 24-year stretch from 1979 to 2003, winning the Cup three times. In the early days of his Cup career, Trenkle was a sail trimmer on a tune-up boat and then on the varsity team for the 1986-87 series in Fremantle, Australia. “I never once had to say a word about sail trim,” Conner said in a statement.

Trenkle became Conner’s director of operations and assisted in the project managing of the construction of three 12-meter yachts for the 1986-87 series and the wing sail for the Stars & Stripes catamaran in 1988. Since 1996, he has been the president and director of operations for Dennis Conner Sports. 

Henry Racamier presents the Louis Vuitton Cup.

Henry Racamier presents the Louis Vuitton Cup.

Frenchman Henry Racamier became part of America’s Cup history in 1982 when he sponsored the “Challenger Races for the America’s Cup” in Newport. In the summer of 1983, Racamier presented the then newly created Louis Vuitton Cup to the winners, John Bertrand and Alan Bond.

When the Freemantle series began in 1986, the Louis Vuitton Cup became a media event. Racamier became involved with Louis Vuitton when he married Odile Vuitton, the great granddaughter of the company founder. Upon the death of his father-in-law Georges-Louis Vuitton in 1976, Racamier joined the company as executive chairman and built the company from a small family business to a global luxury brand. 

Bill Trenkle, photo by Crystal Trenkle

Bill Trenkle, photo by Crystal Trenkle

After Racamier left the company in 1992, Louis Vuitton continued to support the challenger races and America’s Cup until 2017.

William H Dyer Jones’ America’s Cup career spanned 40 years from 1967, through the 12-meter era, to the last appearance of the America’s Cup Class in Valencia, Spain, in 2007. In 1967, he was an occasional crew member on Columbia during the defender trials. Throughout the 1970s, he served on auxiliary committees of the New York Yacht Club’s America’s Cup race committee. He assumed his first leadership role in 1983, service as chairman of the NYYC’s race committee during the Australia vs. Liberty match.

In 2000, he led the challenger’s association for the 2000 competition and in 2003, he served as the regatta director for the challenger series and he was appointed to the same position for the regatta in Valencia in 2007.

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