The Class of 2014

Henry Hill
“Harry” Anderson, Jr.

Harry Anderson - Dan Nerney photo

“We must not waver from our determination to offer youth an alternative to our plastic world…”

June 2, 1921 —
Birthplace: New York, New York

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Nathaniel Bowditch

Nathaniel Bowditch

“I will put down in the book nothing I can’t teach the crew.”

March 26, 1773 – March 16, 1838
Birthplace: Salem, Massachusetts

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Carl Martin
Eichenlaub, Jr.

Carl Eichenlaub

“Winning sailboat races isn’t about boat handling, or tactics – you just need a faster boat.”

July 30, 1930 — November 29, 2013
Birthplace: San Diego, California

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Olaf Theodore Harken


“When trying new stuff our rule is to ask, 'if it all goes bad, can we survive?'
Then we go to the bar and forget what we just said and do it anyway!”

May 6, 1939 — October 21, 2019
Birthplace: Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia
U.S. Citizen: February 18, 1963, Atlanta, Georgia

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Peter Oscar Harken


"I grew up in the Far East tropics, but my parents were Dutch and Swedish, so I had their DNA and took to winter sports."

August 18, 1937 —
Birthplace: Surabaya, Java, Indonesia
U.S. Citizen: December 18, 1968, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Lewis Francis Herreshoff

Lewis Francis Herreshoff

“If I can get you thinking with an open mind, my object will be accomplished.”

November 11, 1890 – December 1, 1972
Birthplace: Bristol, Rhode Island

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John Beresford
“Jim” Kilroy


“My best memories of the Kialoa years are of the crew, what we accomplished together.
They’ve all stayed in touch, forging friendships around the world.”

May 1, 1922 — September 29, 2016
Birthplace: Ruby, Alaska


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George Dyer O’Day


“Stay on the wave as long as possible.”

May 19, 1923 – July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts

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Welcome to the Induction ceremonies celebrating
the National Sailing Hall of Fame's Class of 2014.

The following events were streamed live.

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014  11:00AM ET
Hall of Famers Youth Panel Discussion - Live from the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, Michigan

Several dozen Detroit-area youth sailors, including students from the University Prep Math & Science High School, met at the Bayview Yacht Club for a panel discussion with Hall of Famers Gary Jobson, Dave Curtis, Peter Harken, Timmy Larr, Stu Walker and Harry Anderson, along with Bayview YC member  R. J. Wolney, a member of the NSHOF Youth Advisory Council.


1 hour.

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 1:00PM ET Official Induction Ceremony - Streamed Live from the Detroit Yacht Club in Detroit, Michigan




The National Sailing Hall of Fame - Class of 2014

Harry Anderson - Dan Nerney photo Harry Anderson, Jr. NathanielBowditch Nathaniel Bowditch

Carl Eichenlaub
Carl Eichenlaub

Peter Harken
Peter Harken

Olaf Harken Olaf Harken

L. Francis Herreshoff
L. Francis Herreshoff
Jim Kilroy Jim Kilroy * George O'Day George O'Day  
* Lifetime Achievement Award  

The Class of 2014 was inducted on September 28, 2014 during a weekend of ceremonies at the Bayview and Detroit Yacht Clubs in Detroit, Michigan.


Left to right, 1st row: Harry Anderson, Trice Kilroy (accepting for father Jim Kilroy), Nat Bowditch, Jean Eichenlaub.
2nd row: Skip Gmeiner (accepting for L. Frances Herreshoff); Miriam O'Day, Olaf Harken, Peter Harken.

(Photo Credit NSHOF/Marcin Chumiecki). 


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Annapolis, Md. (July 29, 2014) – The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) today announced the eight people who will make up its 2014 class of inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame:  Yachtsman, historian and senior statesman of the sport Henry H. “Harry” Anderson, Jr. (Mystic, Conn.); mathematician and navigator Nathaniel Bowditch (Salem, Mass.); boat builder and U.S. Olympic Sailing Team boatwright Carl Eichenlaub (San Diego, Calif.); brothers Olaf Harken and Peter Harken (both Pewaukee, Wisc.), respectively, boat builder and sailing hardware designer; naval architect and prolific writer L. Francis Herreshoff (Bristol, R.I./Marblehead, Mass.); 1960 5.5 Metre Olympic Gold Medalist and boat builder George O’Day (Brookline, Mass./Dover, Mass.); and Grand Prix yachtsman John B. “Jim” Kilroy (Marina del Rey, Calif.), the recipient of the NSHOF’s first Lifetime Achievement Award.

“When the National Sailing Hall of Fame was formed in 2005, a central piece of its mission was to focus attention on Americans who had made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing,” said Gary Jobson, President of the NSHOF.   “The eight members of the class of 2014 are joining 34 previously-recognized individuals whose achievements – whether on-the-water, at a drafting table or in the administration of the sport – have impacted recreational boaters and competitive sailors alike.  By recognizing them and sharing their stories, the NSHOF is preserving the history of the sport and its impact on American culture while inspiring the next generation of sailors.”

Following a two-month period this spring during which sailors from all corners of the country nominated their choice for induction, a selection committee – made up of representatives from US Sailing, the sailing media, the sailing industry, community sailing, a maritime museum, a previous inductee,  and the NSHOF Board – reviewed the broad spectrum of nominations.

Inductees are American citizens, 45 years of age or older, who have made significant impact on the growth and development of the sport in the U.S. in the categories of Sailing, Technical/Design and Contributor (coach, administrator, sailing media).  Nominations of non-citizens were also considered if they influenced the sport in the U.S., and posthumous nominations were also accepted.  The undertaking to recognize Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing is central to the mission of the NSHOF which was formed in 2005 and has completed phase one of its plan to establish a permanent facility on the historic waterfront of Annapolis, Maryland.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will induct an American citizen, 55 years of age or older, who has had consistent involvement in sailing for a majority of his or her life and had success in the sport while also becoming successful and achieving noteworthy stature in a non-sailing career.

The 2014 class of inductees will be formally celebrated on Sunday, September 28, 2014.  The invitation-only Induction Ceremony will be held at the Detroit Yacht Club (Detroit, Mich.) and is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. and Condé Nast.

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About the NSHOF:  The National Sailing Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to:  preserving the history of the sport and its impact on American culture; honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing; the teaching of math, science and American history; inspiring and encouraging sailing development; and providing an international landmark for sailing enthusiasts.  The NSHOF has partnered with US Sailing and the U.S. Naval Academy, and is associated with yacht clubs throughout the country, in its efforts to recognize role models of outstanding achievement.  For more information on the NSHOF, please visit:


2014 National Sailing Hall of Fame Inductees (alphabetical):

Henry H. “Harry” Anderson, Jr. (Mystic, Conn.)
Nathaniel Bowditch (Salem, Mass.)*
Olaf Harken (Pewaukee, Wisc.)
Peter Harken (Pewaukee, Wisc.)
Carl Eichenlaub (San Diego, Calif.)*
L. Francis Herreshoff (Bristol, R.I.)*
George O’Day (Brookline, Mass./Dover, Mass.)*
2014 Lifetime Achievement Award
John B. “Jim” Kilroy (Marina del Rey, Calif.)


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