Magnus Olsson Prize 2016 Awarded to Stan Honey

The American sailor and navigator, Stan Honey, has been awarded the 2016 Magnus 'Mange' Olsson Prize. As a navigator Stan Honey achieved tremendous success and holds a unique position in the sailing world.  But above all, as a positive person and great team player much appreciated by everyone, he is not unlike Magnus Olsson.

Honey’s track record includes a victory in the Volvo Ocean Race and eleven wins in Transpac races across the Pacific Ocean.  As navigator he has broken the speed record for sailing around the World, and across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

- I was stunned when I heard about the Magnus Olsson Prize. Mange, Torben, and Ben are three of the sailors that I most look up to.  I have had the pleasure of racing with Torben and Ben, and racing against Mange, and feel honoured to be mentioned on the same page as all of them, comments Stan Honey and continues:

- Mange was unique in the sport and would light up any room with his smile and contagious laughter. I only sailed against him a few times but he made me feel like on old friend and always had time to chat and joke. 

However, Honey is not just a successful sailor and navigator with an impressive CV. The 61-year-old engineer has honours and masters degrees from Yale and Stanford universities, respectively, and he has won three Emmy Awards for his work in visualising sport on TV.

- Stan really is a world-class sailor. As a navigator he was the decisive influence behind some big victories. And, like Mange, he had the ability to lift the team beyond their own expectations, says Carl-Henric Svanberg, Chairman of the Magnus Olsson Memorial Foundation.

The Award is named after one of the world’s greatest sailors, and arguably its most colourful, Swede Magnus "Mange" Olsson.  Magnus passed away following a stroke in April 2013.  Shortly after his death a memorial fund was created in his name with the aim to promote Swedish youth sailing and boating activities by awarding grants to individuals or organisations.  It also presents the annual Mange Olsson Award, honouring an individual or organisation that upholds Magnus’ indomitable spirit and enthusiasm.

Stan Honey will receive the prize at a ceremony at Skeppsholmen in Stockholm on Friday July 1 at 16:30 in the event area of ÅF Offshore Race – Round Gotland.  At the ceremony two scholarships will also be awarded to young Swedish sailors. Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to receive mentoring support over the course of a year, from the recipient of the Magnus Olsson Award. 

Photo by Onne Van der Wal