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Henry H. "Harry" Anderson of Mystic, a yachtsman, historian and senior statesman for the sport for more than 60 years, was announced Tuesday as one of eight honorees who will be inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in September.
Anderson, 93, first competed in sailing in the 1936 Bermuda Race and has dedicated his life to popularizing the sport, serving for more than 20 years as an America's Cup race official and, as a representative of the New York Yacht Club, once hosting President and Mrs. Eisenhower on the America's Cup race course.
According to a 2010 story in Sailing World magazine, Anderson, who has sailed in everything from Finns to ocean racers, attended Yale University and Columbia Law School. He was executive director of the North American Yacht Racing Union (now US Sailing), President of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound, Chairman of the 12-Metre Class, an ISAF Vice President and Chairman of the American Sail Training Association.
Anderson has been honored at every level of the sport and is the subject of a book, "The Strenuous Life of Harry Anderson," by Roger Vaughan, published in November, 2013.
He is a supporter of his Florida alma mater, the Ransom Everglades School, where the gymnasium and sailing center bear his name and of the Yale and University of Rhode Island sailing programs, having donated several fleets of boats, raised funds for sailing facilities, and serving as an adviser.
Also being honored by the National Sailing Hall of Fame are 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.); naval architect and 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.
The class will be honored on Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Detroit Yacht Club.
- Vickie Fulkerson