Immortalizing Sailing

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The sailing capital of the world will now have a proper home for the legends of the sport, thanks to the collaboration of two of its most venerated associations.

The National Sailing Hall of Fame and Herreshoff Marine Museum are partnering to open the America’s Cup Hall of Fame, currently under development in Newport, R.I.

Nearly two years back, the board of directors at NSHOF voted to relocate from Annapolis, Md., following up that move with the purchase of Newport’s Armory Building on lower Thames Street last year. It was reported that they had been hoping to build a museum in Annapolis, but were unable to raise the necessary funds.

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The armory, which dates back to 1894, holds a special place in sailing lore — it was host to many sailing teams’ activities during the 12-meter era of America’s Cup sailing from 1958-83, according to a statement.

“Sailing is a sport for a lifetime,” said NSHOF executive director Heather Ruhsam in a statement. “The partnership between the National Sailing Hall of Fame and the America’s Cup Hall of Fame creates an opportunity to introduce visitors to some of sailing’s most interesting personalities. Through their stories we will celebrate and support the sport, designing an experience that invites visitors to explore the world of wind and water.”

Exhibits are currently being developed by both parties, with an opening date to be announced this summer.

“Combining the resources of these two organizations makes perfect sense, and Newport is the ideal place to bring this collaboration to life,” said Bill Lynn, president of Herreshoff Marine Museum. “We’re excited about the opportunity to introduce the America’s Cup Hall of Fame experience and its inductees to a new and bigger audience in this historic building in the sailing capital of the United States.”

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