SAILING HONOR . . . Palo Alto resident Stan Honey has been named U.S. Sailing's 2010 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. He was among 10 nominations submitted by members of U.S. Sailing and was evaluated by a panel of sailing journalists who selected him for the noteworthy distinction. Honey will be honored on Feb. 25 during a luncheon at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan, when he will be presented with a specially-engraved Rolex timepiece. Established in 1961, the annual presentation of U.S. Sailing's Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award is considered the sport's ultimate recognition of an individual's outstanding on-the-water achievements for the calendar year. Honey, previously nominated for the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Award in 2006 as the Volvo Ocean Race winning navigator aboard ABN Amro One, was cited as "one of the most outstanding offshore sailors known world-wide" by a member of the award's selection panel that recognized him as the 2010 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. Honey becomes the second American in the history of the award to receive the honor for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe. Cam Lewis won the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Award in 1993 for winning the Jules Verne prize aboard Commodore Explorer with a record time of 79 days, six hours, 15 minutes and 56 seconds — a record that had been surpassed five subsequent times before the trimaran Groupama 3, with Honey as navigator, set the latest benchmark. In 48 days, seven hours and 45 minutes, Groupama 3 made the fastest non-stop circumnavigation under sail in history and claimed the Trophée Jules Verne while eclipsing a record — by more than two days and eight hours — that had stood for five years.
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