United States National Sailing Hall of Fame and The Sailing Museum Director to step down

Director Stepping Down

May 18, 2023

The Board of Directors of The Sailing Museum & National Sailing Hall of Fame have announced that Heather Ruhsam is stepping down as Executive Director, effective June 30, 2023.

Ruhsam has served as director for four years. In that time, she made the Board’s goal of creating a permanent home for the National Sailing Hall of Fame a reality and spearheaded the creation of The Sailing Museum on the waterfront in downtown Newport, Rhode Island. Throughout her tenure, she has forged strong community ties, driven fundraising success through the pandemic, staged the official museum opening in May 2022 and overseen the first successful year of business. Her commitment, collaboration and hard work has delighted both sailors and non-sailors alike. Ruhsam also created new energy around the Hall of Fame’s annual induction ceremonies – the crown jewel of the organization.

“It has been a highlight in my career and a true honor to lead the organization through this chapter of its history,” said Ruhsam. “I am delighted with the response from the sailing community, our local community and our visitors. We have created a space that is fun, educational, exciting and most importantly, that will have an impact in Newport and across the greater sailing community for decades to come.” Ruhsam now looks forward to new challenges and new concepts to transform.

“We wish Heather all the very best in her next adventure,” said Board of Directors co-chair Tom Whidden. “She has been the guiding light for the National Sailing Hall of Fame and The Sailing Museum since its inception in Newport. The long-term viability of what has become the preeminent sailing museum in the US has been ensured by Heather’s capable leadership through this period. She should be most proud of her many accomplishments.”

“We are grateful for Heather’s contribution to the opening of the National Sailing Hall of Fame and The Sailing Museum,” said Board of Directors co-chair Gary Jobson. “We wish her well in her future endeavors.”

The Board of Directors has begun a search for Heather’s successor and will make an announcement in the coming weeks.

For more information on The Sailing Museum please visit thesailingmuseum.org. To learn more about the National Sailing Hall of Fame, please visit nshof.org.

Related Posts

Princecraft Boats upgrade their facilities with an investment of over $4 million for the addition of a powder coating line


Princecraft boats on April 17, 2024, announced to their employees, a major investment in one of their three Princeville plants, which will include the installation of high-tech powder coating capabilities. The nearly $4 million upgrade marks the largest investment in Princecraft facilities since the early 2000s and will improve operational efficiency, product quality and better poise the company for response to demand.

Read More

Need to Catch up on News This Week?

Every Tuesday we publish a fresh Digest with informative articles pertaining to the Canadian boating and marine industry. Stay up to date with the latest products, research and industry developments.

Missed an Issue of Boating Industry Canada News Week? If you’re looking for a specific issue, or simply want to catch up on previous issues, check out our Boating Industry Canada News Week Archives.

Not signed up for News Week? Subscribe here.

The Hydrobike, a key concept that embodies a vision for the future

DECATHLON, determined to erase the boundary between land and water, introduces its latest forward-thinking concept: the HydroBike. This innovation from the French sports giant aims to democratize access to nature while staying ahead in the transformation of their business model. 

The initial assessment: paddle sports are often inaccessible to less experienced individuals, assuming the acquisition of paddling skills.

Read More

ACR Electronics emergency beacons are designed with one purpose: to save lives.

Hubbell-Marine Stainless steel outlet covers

An all-encompassing and dependable set of vital resources, ACR GlobalFix V5 AIS RLS EPIRB Survival Kits ensure security and survival in waterborne emergencies. The most advanced EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) available, the ACR GlobalFix V5 EPIRB combines 406 MHz satellite connectivity with Automatic Identification System (AIS) functionality.

Read More