Six inducted into 2018 Sailing Hall of Fame

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The National Sailing Hall of Fame named three people to the 2018 class of inductees — yacht cinematographer John Biddle; three-time Soling World Champion, Brazilian-American Olympian Vince Brun; and shipbuilder and naval architect William Webb.

Three additional Inductees are being recognized with the NSHOF Lifetime Achievement Award.

That list includes the late Greek-American shipping magnate and veteran offshore sailor George Coumantaros; businessman, maritime memorabilia collector and 1992 America’s Cup winner Bill Koch; and 1975 Star World Champion Ding Schoonmaker, who helped found the US Sailing Center in Miami and advocated for the sport serving two terms as vice president of the International Sailing Federation, now known as World Sailing.

The members of the class of 2018 join 65 previously-recognized individuals.

“On-the-water and off, the notable achievements of this group of inductees are shining examples for sailing’s next generation,” said NSHOF president Gary Jobson in a statement. “The NSHOF is proud to recognize the legacy of these contributors, by preserving and sharing their stories.”