NEWPORT, R.I. \u2014 The National Sailing Hall of Fame and Herreshoff Marine Museum & America\u2019s Cup Hall of Fame announced recently their partnership to open an America\u2019s Cup Hall of Fame location at the Armory on Thames Street in Newport.\n\nEvery sport has its legends, comprised of people who provide inspiration to take on new challenges and achieve new heights. Sailing is no different, and the accomplishments of inductees to these halls of fame illustrate the breadth of talents and contributions that have shaped the sport over time. From skippers to writers, boat designers to sail makers, coaches to syndicate heads, these are the many faces of sailing\u2019s legends.\n\nPlans for this long term partnership include joint development of the Hall of Fame exhibits in Newport that will be continually enhanced through the collaboration of the National Sailing Hall of Fame and the Herreshoff Marine Museum\u00a0& America\u2019s Cup Hall of Fame.\u00a0Several American inductees are members of both halls of fame, and there are meaningful synergies between the organizations that will enable them to create a world-class visitor experience at the Armory.\n\nIn early 2019, the National Sailing Hall of Fame purchased the historic Armory Building in Newport. As the location for many America\u2019s Cup-related activities during the Cup\u2019s 12 Metre era (1958-1983), the Armory holds special significance for many sailors. A broad range of compelling and interactive exhibits are currently being developed with the goal of creating a space where sailing comes alive for both sailors and non-sailors alike.\n\n\u201cSailing is a sport for a lifetime,\u201d said National Sailing Hall of Fame Executive Director Heather Ruhsam. \u201cThe partnership between the National Sailing Hall of Fame and the America\u2019s Cup Hall of Fame creates an opportunity to introduce visitors to some of sailing\u2019s most interesting personalities. Through their stories we will celebrate and support the sport, designing an experience that invites visitors to explore the world of wind and water.\u201d\n\n\u201cCombining the resources of these two organizations makes perfect sense, and Newport is the ideal place to bring this collaboration to life,\u201d said Herreshoff Marine Museum President Bill Lynn. \u201cWe\u2019re excited about the opportunity to introduce the America\u2019s Cup Hall of Fame experience and its inductees to a new and bigger audience in this historic building in the sailing capital of the United States.\u201d\n\nIn addition to the collaborative exhibits in Newport, the Herreshoff Museum is significantly investing in new exhibit development on its Bristol campus. The experience will focus on the Herreshoff Era of the America\u2019s Cup (1893-1934) and other stories that illustrate the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company\u2019s legacy of excellence in design, engineering and manufacturing combined with a relentless drive for innovation.\n\nThe opening date for the combined exhibits at the Thames Street venue will be announced this summer.\n\nFor more information on the National Sailing Hall of Fame, visit\u00a0www.nshof.org. For more information on the\u00a0Herreshoff Marine Museum & America\u2019s Cup Hall of Fame, visit\u00a0www.herreshoff.org.