National Sailing Hall of Fame announces 2021 inductees



The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) today announced eleven sailors comprising its 11e class of inductees. The 2021 class includes:

  • William “Carl” Buchan – Championship sailor, Olympic gold medalist and America’s Cup defender in 1988.
  • Agustin “Augie” Diaz – Rolex Yachtsman of the Year; Star, Snipe and Laser World Champion; and 505 North American champion.
  • Gilbert T. Gray – Olympic gold medalist at the first Star Class Olympics, race official and chief measurer.
  • Lynne Jewell Shore – one of the first women to win an Olympic gold medal in sailing, Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year and former Executive Director of Sail Newport.
  • Rear Admiral Stephen B. Luce – the founder of the US Naval War College (1884) and a leading seamanship and training educator for the Navy.
  • Jane Wiswell Pegel – three-time Martini & Rossi (now Rolex) Yachtswoman of the Year and winner of several national and North American sailing and ice boat championships.
  • Dawn Riley – the first woman to manage an America’s Cup syndicate and the first American to compete in three America’s Cups and two Whitbread Round the World races (now The Ocean Race).
  • Richard “Dick” Rose – a thirty-year member of the World Sailing Racing Rules Committee, he is considered “the international authority on racing rules to sail.”
  • The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2021 is Captain William D. “Bill” Pinkney, the first African-American to tour the world solo via the Capes.
Clockwise from top left: Alexander Bryan and Cortlandt Heyniger, William Carl Buchan, Agustin Diaz,
Gilbert T. Gray, Lynne Jewell Shore, Rear Admiral Stephen B. Luce, Jane Wiswell Pegel, Captain William D.
Pinkney (Lifetime Achievement), Dawn Riley and Richard Rose.

“The remarkable accomplishments of this year’s class exemplify excellence and unwavering dedication to our sport,” said Gus Carlson, president of the National Sailing Hall of Fame in a statement. “We are proud to honor the accomplishments of these extraordinary people and we are confident that they will inspire future generations of sailors, innovators and contributors.”

Members of the 2021 class join the current 90 Hall of Fame members, all of whom will be featured in the Legends of Sailing exhibit at the Sailing Museum, scheduled to open in May 2022. 2021 marks the eleventh year of induction annual to the National Sailing Hall of Fame. To learn more about the inductees, visit:

The 2021 class will be officially celebrated on Saturday, October 16, 2021 with an induction ceremony in Newport. The event will be held in the newly renovated Armory Building, the former site of the international press during the 12-meter America’s Cup era in Newport and the future home of the Sailing Museum. The traditional induction ceremony will also honor members of the Class of 2020 who were honored in a virtual ceremony in 2020. The induction weekend became notable as a meeting of the Who’s Who of Sailing as previous inductees join the celebrations to welcome their peers to the Hall of Fame. Those expected include; Malin Burnham, Robbie Haines, Peter Harken, Gary Jobson, Bob Johnstone, Dave Perry, Mark Reynolds, John Rousmaniere, Tom Whidden and others.

The inductees were nominated by sailors from across the United States. Nominations were reviewed by a selection committee made up of representatives from the NSHOF Board of Directors, former inductees, sailing media, the sailing industry, community sailing, a museum maritime, the cruise community and US Sailing. Nominations are accepted year round at The deadline for the 2022 class applicants is January 31.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, aged 55 or older, who have had a sustained and significant impact on the growth and development of sport in the United States nationally or internationally in the following categories:

  • Sailing – Recognition of achievements made on the water as a sailboat racer, cruiser or offshore sailor.
  • Technical – Recognize those who have made a significant contribution to the technical aspects of sailing. Examples include designers, boat builders, sail makers, etc.
  • Contributor – Recognize those who have made other significant contributions to the American sailing experience. Examples include teachers, coaches, administrators, media (including works of authors, television, films, etc.), artists, musicians, promoters and organizers.

Nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award must be U.S. citizens, aged 55 or older, who have been successful in and outside of sailing and have given back to the sport in a meaningful way. Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are selected by the NSHOF Board of Directors.



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