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Morgan Freeman named chairman of sailing board

The National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame announced that actor Morgan Freeman is the new chairman of the Honorary Advisory Board, filling a position left vacant by Walter Cronkite.

“I am honored to be part of the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame as we create a home for American sailing,” Freeman said in a statement. "I know how important it was to Walter. My love for sailing started at an early age, and there is nothing like being carried away by the wind and waves.”

Freeman has had a passion for sailing ever since his first sail — aboard a Lightning class dinghy on a reservoir near Stowe, Vt., in 1967. He soon moved up to larger boats and began ocean sailing.

The hall of fame’s inaugural induction took place Sunday at the San Diego Yacht Club and was dedicated to Cronkite.

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