Alumni Spotlight – Halsey Herreshoff ’55

Halsey Herreshoff inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame

President Olsen attended the 17th America’s Cup Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, September 18th at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court facility in Newport, RI.  One of the honorees was Halsey Herreshoff ’55 of Bristol, RI – and after his acceptance speech all 600-plus attendees gave him a standing ovation.

It’s easy to see why: Distinguished as the most active America’s Cup sailor during the 12 Metre era, Halsey Herreshoff served as bowman, crew boss, or navigator in six campaigns, and sailed in four America’s Cup matches.  A naval architect and marine engineer, Halsey has contributed to the support of technology and management of many campaigns.

The America’s Cup Hall of Fame was created to honor the challengers, defenders, and legendary personages of the world’s most distinguished sporting competition. The present prototype Hall of Fame is located in a historic building on the grounds of the former Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in Bristol, where yachts were constructed for eight consecutive America’s Cup defenses between 1893 and 1934.  The Herreshoff Marine Museum, situated on this historic site, operates the America’s Cup Hall of Fame.

Dedicated to preserving and demonstrating the influence of America’s Cup competition, the America’s Cup Hall of Fame continues to promote education and inspire excellence in the world of yachting.