The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHF) in Annapolis, Md., recently hosted a panel discussion and film presentation entitled “America’s Cup – Past, Present & Future.”
A standing-room-only crowd of more than 350 sailors and sailing enthusiasts gathered at the Lowe’s Hotel in Annapolis to hear Gary Jobson, Halsey Herreshoff, Katie Pettibone, Clay Oliver, Brit Ward and Tucker Thompson speak on the America’s Cup challenge. The panel’s mix of designers and sailors led to an excellent analysis of the most recent Cup defense.
The NSHF is located at 76-69 Prince George St., not far from the Annapolis waterfront. Dedicated to preserving the history of sailing and honoring those who have made significant contributions to the sport, the NSHF has partnered with U.S. Sailing, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, NOAA, the U.S. Naval Observatory and NASA to provide educational resources. Its website (www.nshof.org) features a virtual film library, gallery and calendar of upcoming events. Its first gallery exhibit, entitled “Sailing in American Literature,” explores the inextricable link between sailing and some of the greatest American writers including Melville, Twain, Thoreau, London, E.B. White and others.