THERE IS A MAGIC THAT HAPPENS WHEN WIND AND WATER MEET. A MAGIC SAILORS KNOW, AND SHARE WITH OTHERS.
We believe that sailing teaches critical life skills: teamwork, leadership, self-reliance and responsibility.
We believe what you see on the water will change the way you see life on land.
We believe everyone should have access to that experience.
The Sailing Museum will bring incredible people and inspiring stories from across the country into ONE place that is accessible to all.
Sailing in America has been shaped by generations of individuals who have demonstrated the courage and conviction to plot their own courses, defy convention and redefine excellence. Ours is a sport that has evolved because of these unique individuals and the Hall of Fame provides a home to honor their achievements and make relevant and essential the values and sportsmanship that sailing embodies.
The America’s Cup, the pinnacle of yachting, was first contested in 1851 making it the oldest trophy in international sport, predating the modern Olympic Games by 45 years. Competition is held under the America’s Cup Deed of gift “as a perpetual challenge trophy to promote friendly international competition.” Currently held at the Herreshoff Marine Muesum in Bristol, the ACHoF will be moving in to join NSHoF.
Located on the waterfront in the center of downtown, the historic Armory Building was built in 1894 for the Rhode Island Militia and was later home to the National Guard. It was also the Press Office for the America’s Cup during the 12-Metre era, making the the 11,000+ square-foot space well suited for it’s future use.
– Gary Jobson
The Sailing Museum
The Sailing Museum will:
The Sailing Museum is an educational non-profit organization that is home to the National Sailing Hall of Fame and America’s Cup Hall of Fame. In the space once used as the Press Room for the America’s Cup the heritage of sailing will be celebrated, the legends of the sport honored and new sailors and innovators inspired. Interactive educational exhibits will provide real-world applications of STEAM concepts that come alive through sailing; and visitors of all ages, non-sailors and sailors alike, will experience the magic that happens when wind and water meet.
The Sailing Museum is a d/b/a of the National Sailing Hall of Fame & Museum, Inc., an IRS recognized 501c3 organization.
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Sailing has a long history, and a tradition that prepares and propels us to go forward. Each of us has learned valuable life lessons on the water, made relationships that last a lifetime and experienced the challenges, and joy, thatcome from our sailing. This is a legacy we have the ability, and privilege, to pass on to others. The Sailing Museum will bring incredible people and inspiring stories from across the country into ONE place that is accessible to all.
365 Thames Street | Newport, RI 02840 | 401.324.5761 | thesailingmuseum.org