The National Sailing Hall of Fame on Monday named the nine people who will make up its 2016 class of inductees.
They are America’s Cup-winning helmsman Ed Baird (St. Petersburg, Fla.); legendary sailing champion (Star Worlds, Congressional Cup and America’s Cup) Bill Ficker (Newport Beach, Calif.); husband-and-wife sail training pioneers, adventurers and authors Irving and Electa “Exy” Johnson (Hadley, Mass.);
Brothers and J/Boats founders Robert Johnstone (Newport, R.I.) and Rodney Johnstone (Stonington, Conn.), respectively, marketing guru and boat designer; yachtsman and sailmaker Dave Ullman (Newport Beach, Calif.); as well as America’s Cup sailor and Star World Champion Malin Burnham (San Diego) and the innovator behind the modern square-rigged superyacht The Maltese Falcon, Tom Perkins (Belvedere, Calif.), each of whom is being recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
“The achievements of this year’s group of inductees — whether on the water, at a drafting table or in teaching and coaching others to succeed in the sport — have at their root a joy of sailing that has inspired and affected countless competitive sailors and recreational boaters,” Hall of Fame president Gary Jobson said in a statement.
“The NSHOF is proudly preserving the history of the sport and its impact on American culture while inspiring the next generation of sailors by recognizing these contributors and sharing their stories,” Jobson said.