Naval architect Doug Peterson, a key designer of two America’s Cup winners (America³ in 1992 and Team New Zealand in 1995), has been tapped for the America’s Cup Hall of Fame.
He becomes the fourth San Diegan to hit the wall, so to speak. America’s Cup winner Dennis Conner was among the original inductees in 1993. Yachtsman Malin Burnham was added to the Hall of Fame in Rhode Island’s Herreshoff Marine Museum in 2002 and late helmsman Jack Sutphen in 2005.
In October, Peterson, a longtime Point Loma resident and San Diego Yacht Club member, will be joined by American sailor John Marshall and Australian Syd Fischer in an induction ceremony aboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier.
In the mid-'70s, Peterson's designs dominated offshore racing contests with several high-profile boats, including Ganbare. In addition to the America’s Cup winners, Peterson designed Prada’s triumphant Louis Vuitton Cup boat in 2000 and Prada’s two 2003 America's Cup competitors.