Six top yachtsmen included in the category
The International Sailing Federation has announced Paul Elvstrom, Sir Robin Knox-Johnson, Dame Ellen Macarthur, Olin Stephens, Barbara Kendall and Eric Tabarly as the first six inductees for the ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame.
Many of sailing’s star names together with members of royalty were in
Estoril, Portugal to celebrate the achievements of the six inductees at a gala dinner
and presentation, one of the centrepiece occasions of ISAF’s Centenary
celebrations. Over the past 100 years, sailing has seen many heroes and
legends, and the ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame has been created to recognize
the achievements of those who have made the sport what it is today.
The inductees were presented with the ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame trophy, –
designed by renowned Portuguese artist, Cristina Leiria – by His Majesty
King Constantine and ISAF President Goran Petersson. One of the sailing
world’s best loved commentators, PJ Montgomery, presided over the Awards
Paul Elvstrom, Robin Knox-Johnson, Ellen MacArthur and Olin Stephens were
in Estoril to receive their awards, whilst Jacqueline Tabarly, widow of the
late Eric Tabarly, accepted his award. Barbara Kendall accepted her award
from PJ Montgomery on film.
Nominations for inductees were submitted by ISAF members, with the final
decision confirmed by the ISAF Executive Committee. The Honorary Chairman
for the ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame is His Majesty King Constantine, who is
also an ISAF President of Honour. See Yachting Monthly November issue for an exclusive extract from Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s account of his Velux 5 Oceans Race.