Annapolis man selected for sailing hall of fame

  • Dr. Stuart Walker, 90, a retired pediatrician, is being inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame later this year. Walker competed in the Olympic, started the Severn Sailing Association and wrote a set of books on racing small sail boat tactics that were published in the 1960s and 70s.
Dr. Stuart Walker, 90, a retired pediatrician, is being inducted… (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore…)
June 25, 2013|By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun

Dr. Stuart Walker, an Annapolis resident who competed in the 1968 Olympics, will be inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame this fall, officials announced Tuesday.

Walker, a retired pediatrician and medical professor, started sailing as a child and has been a force in the sport for decades. He helped found the Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis, competed internationally including at the Olympics and the Pan-American Games and wrote 10 books and numerous magazine articles about the sport's tactics and psychology.

Walker started in the International 14 class but switched to the Soling class after competing in the Olympics. The Soling is a three-man keelboat that he said was the premier class until it was discontinued from the Olympics after the 2000 Games.

"I wanted to race against the best sailors in the world," Walker said of his switch.

At age 90, Walker still races a couple times a month in the summer and weekly in the winter in the Annapolis area.

"I do like sailing, but I must admit, just sailing is boring," he said. "I like to race."

Walker will be inducted into the Annapolis-based Hall of Fame alongside 1984 Star Olympic gold medalist Bill Buchan of Washington state, Catalina Yachts founder Frank Butler of California, seven-time International Penguin Champion Runnie Colie Jr. of New Jersey, seven-time Etchells World Champion Dave Curtis of Massachusetts and three-time U.S. Women's Sailing Champion Timmy Larr of New York.

Posthumous inductees will include naval architect John Gale Alden, America's Cup participant and two-time Star World Champion Tom Blackaller Jr., naval architect Starling Burgess and marine photographer Morris Rosenfeld.

The National Sailing Hall of Fame induction will be held at 1 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Annapolis City Dock.

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