Sunday, the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) held its third annual induction of our nation’s most celebrated sailing yacht mariners. For a backdrop to the occasion several vessels lined the Annapolis City Dock Park pier and Pride of Baltimore II stood large and rakish having sailed into town Saturday with two loud cannon salutes. Deck tours of Pride II were made available to the public both days and, a private reception for the inductee honorees was held afterward. The weather was fabulous – clear, dry, warm enough for light clothing.
Some of the honorees were posthumous but had descendant family appear to receive the bestowed honor. Their stories of their ancestors were interesting and humorous for their personal perspective. I was aware of several of the honorees and their contributions to American yachting sailing history. There were several racing heroes recognized, as well designers and photographers. Interestingly, there was a well-known sailing yacht construction company founder recognized. To get the full lowdown go to the NSHOF web site.
During the post ceremony cocktail reception aboard Pride of Baltimore II there were additional dignitaries aboard. Gary Jobson was one of the speakers for the ceremony providing context and visuals for the audience. Aboard from the audience were the directors of the Philadelphia Independence Seaport Museum as well the director of Mystic Seaport, along with many of the Board of Directors of NSHOF. The Mayor of Annapolis was aboard as well.
Pride of Baltimore II‘s crew did a great job of preparing the ship for all and there were many compliments to the fine appearance of the ship. Very nice praise from a very discerning crowed!
Jan C. Miles and the well dressed hosting crew of Pride of Baltimore II