Sailing World Names Hall of Fame Class of 2004

Vince Brun, Bill Buchan, and John Kostecki join the ranks of the best sailors of all time.

2004 HOF collage

Francois Richard (2), Bmw Oracle Racing

The nation's leading performance sailing magazine has announced three new inductees to its Hall of Fame. In its July/August issue, on newsstands July 6, Sailing World will add Bill Buchan, Vince Brun, and John Kostecki will be formally added to the prestigious roster of the sport's all-time best racing sailors, designers, and innovators. Located in Newport, Rhode Island, Sailing World is published 10 times a year by World Publications. John Kostecki, 40, of Reno, Nevada, won the Sears Cup (U.S. junior championship) and the Sunfish class world championship by the time he was 18. Since then Kostecki has earned an Olympic silver medal (1988) plus two world titles in the Soling class. He's won the J/24 Worlds and world championships in big boats such as the Mumm 36 and the Farr 40 classes. He skippered illbruck, the winning boat in the 2001-2002 Volvo Ocean Race (around the world) and is now involved in his third America's Cup campaign as tactician for BMW ORACLE Racing, the Challenger of Record for the 32nd America's Cup. San Diego resident Vince Brun grew up sailing and racing in Brazil, winning the Olympic Soling class world championship with his brother in 1978. He moved to the United States and became a sailmaker at North Sails, settling in San Diego, and has been the world champion not only of the Soling class but also of all the other major international keelboat classes of the 1980s and 1990s, including the Star, Melges 24, J/24, and Etchells. Now 57, Brun is also a veteran of America's Cup and Farr 40 campaigns and shows no sign of slowing down, with the Melges 24, Farr 40 and Etchells Worlds all on his schedule over the next 18 months. Bill Buchan, 69, built houses and boats all his life, and first sailed in the Star class North Americans in 1953 when the event came to his native Seattle. He'll be racing the Star Na's again in 2004 and has a remarkable collection of Star class trophies to show for the racing he's done in the intervening 51 years. That includes Star world championships in three different decades and an Olympic gold medal in 1984. Buchan also won a Soling class world championship in 1975 and steered Intrepid in the 1974 U.S. America's Cup defense trials. A panel of 11 journalists and current Hall of Fame members made the selections. For more information on the three new inductees and interviews with them (to be released in the coming weeks), visit the Sailing World Hall of Fame at www.sailingworld.com. The 46 Sailing World Hall of Fame members are Ben Lexcen, Bill Lee, Bill Buchan, Bob Bavier, Bruce Farr, Bruce Kirby, Buddy Melges, Bus Mosbacher, Charlie Barr, Dave Perry, Dave Ullman, Dennis Conner, Doug Peterson, Eric Tabarly, Sir Francis Chichester, Gary Jobson, George O'Day, German Frers, Halsey Herreshoff, Harold Vanderbilt, Hobie Alter, Jochen Schuemann, John Bertrand (Aus.), John Bertrand (U.S.), John Kostecki, Lowell North, Manfred Curry, Mark Reynolds, Nathanael Herreshoff, Olaf Harken, Olin Stephens, Paul Cayard, Paul Elvstrom, Peter Barrett, Sir Peter Blake, Peter Harken, Randy Smyth, Rod Johnstone, Rod Stephens, Russell Coutts, Stuart Walker, Ted Hood, Ted Turner, Tom Blackaller, Uffa Fox, and Vince Brun. Headquartered in Winter Park, Florida, with offices in New York, Newport, Rhode Island and Santa Barbara, California, World Publications is a leading producer of special-interest media and entertainment. Employing more than 300 people, World publishes 19 special-interest magazines: Cruising World, Sailing World, Power Cruising, Wake Boarding, WaterSki, Saveur, Garden Design, Caribbean Travel & Life, Boating Life, Islands, Islands Weddings & Honeymoons, Resorts & Great Hotels, Spa, Sport Fishing, Sport Diver, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Kiteboarding, Marlin and Wind Surfing.