In November 2019, the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) inducted its ninth class of 10 movers and shakers in the sport of sailing. The ceremonies took place at the 126-year-old Seattle Yacht Club on Portage Bay. Of the 10 inductees, eight were posthumous, including 19th-century clipper ship designer and builder Donald McKay.
Inducted to the National Sailing Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2019:
Capt. John Bonds of Annapolis, Md./Charleston, S.C. (posthumous) — a passionate sailor whose leadership in establishing safety protocols has had a global impact on offshore sailing.
Thomas F. Day of Somerset, England/New York, N.Y. (posthumous) — founded the Newport Bermuda Race in 1906.
Robbie Doyle of Marblehead, Mass. — sailmaker and founder of Doyle Sails.
Buddy Friedrichs of New Orleans, La. (posthumous) — Olympic gold medalist.
Allison Jolly of St. Petersburg, Fla. — the sport’s first-ever female skipper to win an Olympic gold medal.
Donald McKay of Jordan Falls, Nova Scotia/East Boston, Mass. (posthumous) — clipper ship designer and builder.
Everett A. Pearson of Warren, R.I./Estero, Fla. (posthumous) — the grandfather of fiberglass sailboat production.
Doug Peterson of San Diego, Calif. (posthumous) — pioneering yacht designer.
Herbert Lawrence Stone of Charleston, S.C./New York, N.Y. (posthumous) — editor and publisher of Yachting Magazine.
Arthur Knapp Jr. of Larchmont, N.Y. (posthumous) — author and world-champion sailor. Knapp was also awarded the NSHOF Lifetime Achievement Award.
For more on the inductees and the stories of their contributions to the world of sailing, visit nshof.org/hall-of-fame.