The members of the 2021 National Sailing Hall of Fame class were inducted in a ceremony on Sat., Oct. 16, at The Sailing Museum in Newport, R.I.
The Sailing Museum is currently under construction and set to open to the public in May 2021.
“The men and women we recognize today do not live in a world of make believe,” said NSHOF president Gus Carlson in his opening remarks statement. “They do not hide and hope for someone to save them. They change things themselves. When it comes to measuring their lives, they do so by testing them . . . and there is no question they have passed those tests.”
The National Sailing Hall of Fall 2021 inductees are:
• Alexander “Red” Bryan and Cortlandt “Bud” Heyniger, founders of Alcort, which produced the Sunfish
• William “Carl” Buchan, Olympic gold medalist and America’s Cup sailor
• Agustin “Augie” Diaz, national and world champion sailor
• Gilbert T. Gray, Star Class Olympian
• Lynne Jewell Shore, Olympic gold medalist and former executive director of Sail Newport
• Rear Adm. Stephen B. Luce, educator and founder of the U.S. Naval War College
• Jane Wiswell Pegel, three-time Martini & Rossi (now Rolex) Yachtswoman of the Year and national and North American champion sailor
• Dawn Riley, America’s Cup syndicate manager and veteran of three Cups and two Whitbread Round the World races (now The Ocean Race)
• Richard Rose, 30-year member of World Sailing’s Racing Rules of Sailing Committee
• Capt. William D. “Bill” Pinkney, the first African American to solo-circumnavigate the world via the Capes, Lifetime Achievement Award
“I cannot express accurately the emotions today that I feel, it’s really overwhelming,” said Pinkney, the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. “The sea provides the most level playing field of any sport. It cares nothing about your age, your sex, your color, your religion, your nationality. And your ability, or lack thereof, will be extracted in a short period of time by a stiff breeze, a squall or a storm.”
The ceremony also honored members of the Class of 2020, who were recognized in a virtual ceremony last year.
Click here to watch a recording of the ceremony.