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New Sailors Acknowledged
At the International Sailing Federation‘s centenary celebrations in 2007 six intrepid sailors were introduced into the federation’s Hall of Fame. This year seven new remarkable sailors joined the ranks. Like their fellow members, these inspiring individuals have made noteworthy contributions to the world of sailing across the oceans and while onshore. They are the people who have helped form the world of sailing as we know it today.
The magnificent seven
Buddy Melges, USA – Hailing from a family of avid sailing enthusiasts and boat builders, Buddy is a star Olympic sailor. He has not only successfully competed in prestigious global sailing competitions, but has also greatly contributed to the development of international boat design.
Valentin Mankin, Russia -Valentin is the only Olympic sailor who has achieved championship across three classes. He is a multi-award winning sailor and a mentor to many in the sailing world.
Dennis Conner, USA – Known for winning the America’s Cup four times, Dennis is credited for helping the cup evolve into the professional competition it is known to be today. Outside of his victories at the America’s Cup, Dennis also achieved several other international awards and medals.
Sir Peter Blake, New Zealand – A legend in the world of sailing, Sir Peter took the prize for sailing around the world faster than anybody else and for taking his country to international victory. He was also well known for his efforts in endorsing environmental awareness.
Harold Vanderbilt, USA – Sailor, author, pilot and master bridge player, Harold took three America’s Cup wins and was influential in developing the Racing Rules of Sailing.
Torben Grael, Brazil – One of three sailors to have achieved five medals in Olympic sailing, Torben was also the Rolex World Sailor of the Year in 2009.
Alessandra Sensini, Italy – As the most successful female sailor in the history of Olympic sailing, Alessandra is a multi-class sailor who has consistently remained at the top..
The next induction is due to happen in 2019.