A National Sailing Hall of Fame soon will rise in Annapolis, Md., as announced in December by Maryland governor Robert Ehrlich Jr., U.S. Sailing President Janet Baxter and sailing personality Gary Jobson.
“The National Sailing Hall of Fame will preserve the history of the sport of sailing and its impact on our culture by honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to the sport,” Baxter said. “This will be the home of America’s sailing history.”
Buck Buchanan, the center’s president, said that like the sports of basketball, baseball, football, lacrosse and tennis, which each have such a center, sailing soon will have a center for national attention: “The sport of sailing will have a similar place that will focus public attention on our sailing accomplishments, inspire junior sailing development and provide an international landmark for sailing enthusiasts.”
The Hall of Fame will be housed temporarily in a historic building now occupied by Maryland’s Natural Resources Police – in time for the April visit of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet – until a permanent structure can be secured in the city.