Kostecki, Honey voted to National Sailing Hall of Fame

John Kostecki (L) and Stan Honey

The America’s Cup community congratulates Stan Honey and John Kostecki for their selection to the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Honey, the global navigator and Emmy award-winning graphics innovator, and Kostecki, a winner of the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and Olympic silver medal, were among the nine selections in the class of 2012.

The 2012 NSHOF induction ceremony will be held Oct. 14 at Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans. Inductees are American citizens, 45 years of age and up, who have made significant impact on the growth and development of the sport in the U.S. in the categories of Sailing, Technical/Design and Contributor (coach, administrator, sailing media).

Honey won the 2005-06 Volvo Ocean Race as well as the 2010 Trophée Jules Verne for fastest non-stop circumnavigation of the globe. Honey is also the America’s Cup Director of Technology and in May the technology team was awarded an Emmy for extraordinary technical innovation with AC LiveLine, the groundbreaking on-screen graphics package that makes competitive sailing understandable to home viewers worldwide.

With the first ACWS San Francisco rapidly approaching, Honey received the news atop the roof of the Golden Gate Yacht Club where he was setting up antennas for the upcoming regatta.

“I’m astonished. It’s a huge honor to be included in a group such as Olin Stephens and Joshua Slocum,” said Honey, referring to previous inductees. “I think it’s good for navigators to get an honor like that. It makes me proud for all the guys who’ve helped me with navigation through all the years.”

Kostecki, the tactician for ORACLE TEAM USA, helped lead the team to victory in the 2010 America’s Cup, a victory that returned the Cup to the U.S. for the first time since 1995. Kostecki also won a silver medal at the 1988 Olympics and, like Honey, is also a winner of the Volvo Ocean Race (2001-02).

“It’s quite an honor to be recognized with this induction into the Hall of Fame,” said Kostecki. “Sailing has so many different opportunities to test your skill, and I’ve been very fortunate to have good crews who’ve helped me find success through the years. The Olympic medal and Volvo race win are certainly highlights of my career, but the Cup win in 2010 was special because we brought the trophy back to my home waters on San Francisco Bay.”

Other America’s Cup luminaries were recognized posthumously, including sailor/journalist Bob Bavier, who skippered the 1964 Cup champion Constellation, Rod Stephens, the brother of Olin and a member of Ranger’s Cup-winning afterguard in 1937, and John Cox Stevens, the founder of the New York Yacht Club who commissioned the schooner America, for which the America’s Cup is named.