The National Sailing Hall of Fame said it will induct six new members this year.
Sailing school founder Steve Colgate of Fort Myers, Fla.; Olympic medalist Paul Foerster of Rockwall, Texas; Olympic medalist and author JJ Fetter of San Diego, Calif.; boatbuilding innovators and brothers Meade and the late Jan Gougeon of Bay City, Mich.; and U.S. Olympic Yachting Committee director Samuel V. Merrick of Bay Head, N.J., who is the recipient of the NSHOF’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.
“The six members of the class of 2015 join 42 previously recognized individuals as the National Sailing Hall of Fame continues to fulfill its mission by focusing attention on Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing,” Hall of Fame president Gary Jobson said in a statement.
“Those achievements — on the water, at a drawing board or in the administration of the sport — have inspired and affected competitive sailors and recreational boaters alike. By recognizing these contributors and sharing their stories, the NSHOF is preserving the history of the sport and its impact on American culture while inspiring the next generation of sailors.”
After a two-month period this spring during which sailors from all corners of the country nominated their choice for induction, a selection committee — made up of representatives from US Sailing, the sailing media, the sailing industry, community sailing, a maritime museum, a previous inductee and the Hall of Fame board — reviewed the nominations.
The 2015 inductees will be formally celebrated on Oct. 4.
The invitation-only induction ceremony will be held at the Bay Head Yacht Club in New Jersey and is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. and Condé Nast.
Additional support is provided by Sunsail, Volvo Penta and Mount Gay Rum.