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Congratulations to Henry H. “Harry” Anderson, Jr.

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 12, 2014

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The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) announced their 2014 inductees recently and Tall Ships America is pleased to announce that longtime supporter and 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Henry H. “Harry” Anderson, Jr. will be one of eight inductees. He will be recognized at an invitation-only Induction Ceremony in Detroit, Michigan, on September 28, 2014.

From his first regatta in 1936, at the age of 15, to his present position as Commodore emeritus on Tall Ships America’s Board of Directors, Harry Anderson has been a driving force in the world of sailing. His accomplishments include numerous awards, trophies, and an honorary degree, earned throughout his years as an America’s Cup race official, as Commodore of the New York Yacht Club, and as a board member of the U.S. Naval War College and the Rhode Island Marine Archeology Project, among others. He also spent many decades working with the North American Yacht Racing Union, the International Yacht Racing Union, and with US Sailing, and is co-author of The Centennial History of the United States Sailing Association.

Whether supporting alma-mater Ransom Everglades School in Florida, where he is a trustee for life, co-founding Yale Sailing Associates and establishing the University of Rhode Island’s Sailing Center, or promoting a robust endowment for the American Sail Training Association, of which he is a former Chairman, Harry Anderson has furthered the mission of sail training and has long encouraged youth involvement in the maritime industry.

For a man who has dedicated his life’s work to getting people to sea under sail and who has diligently worked to preserve the traditions and skills of sail training, this distinguished honor is yet another accolade in Harry Anderson’s success in and advancement of the American maritime industry and the sport of sailing.

The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) wrote that “Yachtsman, historian and senior statesman of the sport Henry H. ‘Harry’ Anderson, Jr. (Newport, R.I./Mystic, Conn.)” will be inducted alongside “mathematician and navigator Nathaniel Bowditch (Salem, Mass.); boat builder and U.S. Olympic Sailing Team boatwright Carl Eichenlaub (San Diego, Calif.); brothers Olaf Harken and Peter Harken (both Pewaukee, Wisc.), respectively, boat builder and sailing hardware designer; naval architect and prolific writer L. Francis Herreshoff (Bristol, R.I./Marblehead, Mass.); 1960 5.5 Metre Olympic Gold Medalist and boat builder George O’Day (Brookline, Mass./Dover, Mass.); and Grand Prix yachtsman John B. ‘Jim’ Kilroy (Marina del Rey, Calif.), the recipient of the NSHOF’s first Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Links of Interest

Sail-World: National Sailing Hall of Fame reveals inductees

Class of 2014 Inductee Profile: Henry Hill “Harry” Anderson, Jr.

Newport Buzz: Newport Resident Among Class of 2014 Sailing Hall of Fame Inductees

Tall Ships America: Henry H. Anderson, Jr. Sail training Scholarship

The Day: Harry Anderson’s 90th Birthday Gam 

Commodore Harry Anderson greets guests at his 90th Birthday Gam in 2011. Proceeds from the birthday celebration  benefited ASTA. (Credit: Dan Nerney)

Commodore Harry Anderson greets guests at his 90th Birthday Gam in 2011. Proceeds from the birthday celebration benefited ASTA. (Credit: Dan Nerney)

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