The National Sailing Hall of Fame has announced nine sailors that comprise its 10th anniversary class of inductees.
The class of 2020 includes James E. Buttersworth, a 19th century maritime painter; Gordon Douglass, designer of Thistle, Highlander and Flying Scot one-design boats; Robbie Haines Jr., Olympic gold medalist and world champion; Bill Mattison, a national and world champion sailor and iceboater; Dave Perry, a racer, coach, judge and author; John Rousmaniere, a writer, sailor, historian and authority on seamanship and boating safety; and Hoyle and Diane Schweitzer, who are credited with making windsurfing a worldwide pastime.
The 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award winner is Briggs Cunningham Jr. champion car racer, yachtsman, and benefactor to many sailing endeavors.
“Honoring the remarkable achievements of the Class of 2020 is a fitting way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our inductions,” said National Sailing Hall of Fame president Gus Carlson in a statement. “These sailors reflect the breadth of sailing in our country, embody the commitment to excellence that few possess and provide inspiration for generations of sailors to come.”
The new members will join 81 current Hall of Famers to be featured in the National Sailing Hall of Fame’s new home in Newport, R.I., scheduled to open in late spring 2022.
Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 class will be formally honored on Sept. 12. A traditional induction ceremony is being planned for 2021 in Newport, when both classes of 2020 and 2021 will be celebrated.