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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.

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.

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