SoCal’s Born and Raised Randy Smyth to be Inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame


Sharing Knowledge and Access is Hallmark of Seventh Annual Induction Weekend

NEWPORT, R.I. (September 25, 2017) – The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) celebrated its seventh class of Inductees on Sunday, September 24, during ceremonies hosted by New York Yacht Club at their magnificent Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport. The backdrop for the Induction could not have been more fitting: a busy Newport harbor on a glorious early fall afternoon. The eight Inductees, including three posthumous honorees, were celebrated for the impact they have had on the sport. The National Sailing Hall of Fame, dedicated to preserving the stories of these sailing heroes to inspire future generations, has now enshrined 65 heroes of the sport.

Inducted to the National Sailing Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2017: Bill Bentsen (Lake Geneva, Wisc.), a two-time Olympic medalist – bronze in 1964 and gold in 1972 – who has created an indelible legacy for the sport through his contributions as a racing rules and race administration expert; 5.5 World Champion Ray Hunt (Duxbury, Mass.), the innately talented yacht designer of both sail and power vessels; boatbuilder Clark Mills (Clearwater, Fla.), best-known as the designer of the wildly popular Optimist dinghy used by children under age 16; windsurfing superstar Robby Naish (Haiku, Hawaii), who won his first world championship title at age 13 and went on to build a multi-million dollar watersports business; two-time Tornado Olympic Silver Medalist Randy Smyth (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.), whose expertise as a catamaran sailor led to, among other things, work on major motion pictures; and noted America’s Cup sailor Tom Whidden (Essex, Conn.), the industry giant who recently celebrated 30 years with global brand North Sails. Two additional Inductees were recognized with the NSHOF Lifetime Achievement Award: avid sailor Bill Martin (Ann Arbor, Mich.), whose leadership roles in business and sailing – including the Presidency of the U.S. Olympic Committee –  led to a noteworthy 10 years as Athletic Director at the University of Michigan, and Corny Shields (New Rochelle/Larchmont, N.Y.), winner of the inaugural Mallory Cup which earned him national recognition on the cover of Time magazine in 1953, who conceived the Shields one-design in 1964 and founded the I.O.D. class.

Left to right, top to bottom: Presenters Bob Johnstone and Mason Chrisman Bill Martin, Robby Naish, Tom Whidden, Corny Shields, Fred Mills, Berny Mills, Sham Hunt Randy Smyth and Timmy Larr. Credit: NSHOF/Stephen Cloutier

“Share your ideas with other competitors and they’ll do the same with you,” is wisdom that 2017 Inductee Bill Bentsen shared with a then-teenage Gary Jobson, a lesson Jobson, president of NSHOF and the emcee for the Induction, says stuck with him all these years.

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Letter Sent to Doug Peterson Letter from a 14 Year Old Mark Golison

Full Circle Category:

Doug Peterson’s kids were going through his files to donate drawings and documents to the The Hart Maritime Collection at MIT, and came across a letter that I had sent to Doug 44 years ago that he had saved!

And I’m back to model sailing now!