US Sailing hands out its top honors


Stan Honey and Anna Tunnicliffe were named US Sailing's Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year.

Honored last week at a luncheon, Tunnicliffe and Honey were chosen for outstanding on-the-water sailing accomplishments in 2010. They received specially engraved stainless-steel and platinum Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Masters.

"There were so many great nominees on the list this year that to be picked is a great honor," Tunnicliffe said in a statement.

She is the first woman to earn the award three years in a row.

"We had some great regattas this year and we tried to come out of each one having learned at least one thing so we could keep the fun factor involved and continue to pursue the dream of bringing home Olympic gold in 2012."

Tunnicliffe, a 2008 Laser Olympic gold medalist and a member of the US Sailing team AlphaGraphics, won the 2010 Snipe Women's Worlds and Laser Radial Women's North Americans and raced in the Elliott 6 Metre to win US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR; placed second at French Sailing Week in Hyères, France; and took third at Skandia Sail For Gold in Weymouth, England.

She won the XII International Women's Match Race Criterium in Calpe, Spain, sailing in Tom 28s, and was second at the Toyota International Match Race in Detroit in Ultimate 20s. She picked up a bronze medal in the match-racing event at Kiel Week in Germany and placed third in the BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup in Annapolis, Md., sailing in J/22s.

Honey was cited for his victory in the Jules Verne Trophy as navigator on an otherwise all-French crew aboard Groupama 3. The trimaran set a race record of 48 days, seven hours and 45 minutes and accounted for history's fastest nonstop circumnavigation under sail, eclipsing the former record by more than 56 hours.

Honey is the second American in the history of the award to receive the honor for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe.

"It's a humbling experience to be included on this Rolex Yachtsman of the Year list of legends and a tribute to all transoceanic sailors and navigators in our sport," he said in a statement. "I also think it is a unique characteristic of sailing that we can pursue it throughout our lives and be honored, at age 55, with an award like this."


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