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For 2006 the Board of Governors has authorized a Special Recognition Award for meritorious service to the sailing community in the development of the Airmail/Sailmail/Winlink high frequency radio systems. The systems they developed enable those at sea to send and receive e-mails as well as weather information, thereby contributing to increased safety at sea. Thousands of sailors are now utilizing these systems and benefiting from their efforts and accomplishments.

Rich Wilson (Boston, Mass.) has been awarded CCA’s Special Recognition Award, first given in 2006, honored the “highly meritorious and extraordinary nautical accomplishments” of Wilson in two Vendee Globe Races. The solo, non-stop race around the world is the toughest sailboat race of all, and Wilson is the only American to have finished two of these. He finished ninth (among 30 starters and 11 finishers) in 2008/’09 and 13th (among 29 starters and 18 finishers) in 2016/’17, becoming the oldest person ever to complete the race.

Roger Swanson and Gaynelle Templin for their successful transit of the Northwest Passage in their 57' ketch, Cloud Nine. After unsuccesful attempts in 1994 and 2005 which were blocked by ice, their persistence was rewarded in 2007 and they became the first American yacht to complete the passage in an east to west direction in one season at the end of a 73 day, 6,600 mile voyage.
James Corenman and Stanley K. Honey for their significant and merito rious contributions to the sailing community through the development and implementation of the Airmail/ Sailmail/ WinLink HF radio systems. The systems they developed enable those at sea to send and receive e-mail as well as obtain weather information, thereby contributing to increased safety at sea. Thousands of sailors are now utilizing these systems and bene fiting from their efforts and accomplishments.