In recognition of his numerous record-setting voyages as navigator, the CCA honored Stan Honey with its 2018 Far Horizons Award. The CCA established the award to recognize a member or members for “a particularly meritorious voyage or series of voyages that exemplify the objectives of the Club.”
It is indeed hard to know where to start or finish when summarizing Honey’s many sailing achievements as he holds 22 sailing records as a navigator or single-handed skipper, including records won on five of the 18 Transpac Races (two single-handed) in which he has competed, three Newport Bermuda Races, two Transatlantic Races and one Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. As navigator Honey has won class or line honors, literally and figuratively, on the most significant offshore races around the world, most notably as the 2006 Volvo Ocean Race winning navigator aboard ABN Amro One, and, again as navigator, setting a record in 2010 for the fastest global circumnavigation – in 48 days, seven hours and 45 minutes – on the trimaran Groupama 3, which eclipsed a record by more than two days and eight hours that had stood for five years.
Honey is as well known for his application of technology to sailing and navigation as he is on the race course for winning. He holds thirty patents in navigation and graphics and is a co-founder of Sportvision Inc., the leading developer of live-tracking enhancements for televised sports broadcasts. Combining his passions led to the development of an augmented-reality technology for sailing broadcasts – known as AC LiveLine – that overlaid geo-positioned lines and data streams on live race-course video shots taken from helicopter- and water-based platforms, for which Honey won an Emmy for its use covering the 2013 America’s Cup.