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The Kirby Torch
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Bruce Kirby inducted into U.S. National Sailing Hall of Fame
INDUCTEES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Peter Barrett (Madison, Wis.)
Bob Bavier (New Rochelle, N.Y.)
Gregg Bemis (Boston, Mass.)
Stan Honey (Palo Alto, Calif.)
Bruce Kirby (Rowayton, Conn.)
John Kostecki (Reno, Nev.)
Mark Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.)
Rod Stephens (New York, N.Y.)
John Cox Stevens (New York, N.Y.)
NATIONAL SAILING HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 2012 INDUCTEES
Annapolis, Md. (August 15, 2012) – The National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame (NSHOF) has announced the nine sailors who will make up its 2012 class
of inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Following a two-month period last spring during which sailors from all corners of the country
nominated their choice for induction, a selection committee – made up of representatives from the national governing body, the sailing media, the
sailing industry, community sailing, a maritime museum, NSHOF founding yacht clubs and the 2011 class of inductees – reviewed the broad spectrum
Inductees are American citizens, 45 years of age and up, 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.
Emphasizing the national scope of the NSHOF, the 2012 class of inductees will be honored on October 14, 2012, during an invitation-only ceremony at
Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans, Louisiana), the second-oldest yacht club in the country.
National Sailing Hall of Fame 2012 Inductees: navigator Stan Honey (Palo Alto, Calif.), winner of the 2006 Volvo Ocean Race as well as the 2010
Trophée Jules Verne for fastest non-stop circumnavigation of the globe; prominent yacht designer Bruce Kirby (Rowayton, Conn.); 1988 Soling
Olympic silver medalist, winning Volvo Ocean Race skipper and America’s Cup tactician John Kostecki (Reno, Nev.); and three-time Star Olympic
medalist and two-time Star World Champion Mark Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.).
National Sailing Hall of Fame 2012 Posthumous Inductees: Olympic gold and silver medalist Peter Barrett (Madison, Wis.); America’s Cup competitor
and journalist Bob Bavier (New Rochelle, N.Y.); preeminent rules expert Gregg Bemis (Boston, Mass.); yacht designer and Medal of Freedom winner
Rod Stephens (New York, N.Y.); and founder and first commodore of the New York Yacht Club John Cox Stevens (New York, NY).
Sharpies on the Edge
Recently one of our 23 foot Norwalk Islands Sharpies sailed from the Australian mainland just east of
Melbourne across the Bass Strait and down the east coast of Tasmania to Hobart. This piece of ocean
is hairiest part of the course for the annual Sydney - Hobart race and is notorious for its boat
busting gales and rough seas.
Future of Sailing
When discussing the Future of Yachting the question immediately arises “The future for whom? It’s one of those YOUR GUESS IS AS GOOD AS MINE topics.
More than ever before the sport is a strange mixture of dissimilar parts. We have the pure professionals tearing around the world in
the Volvo 70s with square-topped mainsails, bowsprits, double rudders and twin dagger boards; the really high priced help in the
America’s Cup; and there are the pros who stand behind their owners and instruct them on every move - I think they’re called tacticians.
As seen in Canadian Yachting.
The Pixel, is designed for beginner and intermediate junior sailors and made its maiden voyage recently from the
Norwalk Yacht Club near Kirby's home in Rowayton Connecticut.
"I really have a good feeling about the Pixel," said Kirby,. "It is doing what I want it to do and what I hoped it
would do and what the calculations said it would do."
Knowing Kirby he knew full well how this new creation would perform. In 20 knots of breeze the Pixel began planing
upwind with its occupants hiking out. There is no trapeze on the Pixel and its ability to plane to windward with
hiking straps only is unusual.
Off The Deep End...
Recently Australian Michael Blackburn sailed a Laser from Tasmania to
mainland Australia - blasting downwind for 115 miles and averaging 8.6 knots
for the distance. The wind was fresh and well aft and the seas were big -
rolling in from the deep reaches of the Southern Ocean, so Blackburn, an
Olympic medalist in Lasers, got some great rides during his 13-hour cruise.
Blackburn said he was inspired to make the voyage when talking to other
Laser fanatics about the possibility of sailing a Laser in really big seas
for a film, "and we decided the film needed a big ending like sailing Bass
JSA of LIS SELECTS THE PIXEL
LARCHMONT, NY (October 19, 2005) ‰ The Junior Sailing Association of Long
Island Sound (JSA of LIS) announced today that it has chosen the 14-foot
Pixel as its new doublehanded training and racing sailboat. The decision was
made after a three-year process that included extensive research, boat
testing and feedback from JSA of LIS members.