Award Year: 2013
NMHS Distinguished Service Award
The NMHS Distinguished Service Award has been presented each year since 1993 to recognize individuals who, through their personal effort and creativity, have made outstanding contributions to the maritime field.
In 2013, Stan Honey was awarded with the NMHS Distinguished Service Award. We recognized his many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal:
Football fans will know Stan Honey for his invention of the technology that superimposes a yellow first-down line on the field seen via football game telecasts, giving viewers an instant grasp of their team’s progress—or lack thereof. That process was introduced in 1998 on ESPN, by Stan Honey and his company, Sportvision. They brought similar broadcast enhancement technology to NASCAR racing and to baseball, introducing the K-Zone system, highlighting pitch location and the strike zone. These technologies earned six Elruny awards, including two personal awards for Mr. Honey.
A graduate of Yale with a BS in engineering and applied science and an MA from Stanford in electrical engineering, Stan Honey has long been an important contributor to technical innovation in television; he holds 29 patents—21 of them in sports television enhancements.
Stan Honey is also a prominent figure in the world of sailing; he is recognized as one of the most successful professional navigators, with a long list of sailing records and racing wins. Prior to becoming the Director of Technology for the America’s Cup Event Authority in June of 2010, he was the Technical Director and Navigator for ABNAMRO Volvo Ocean Race Team, Team Origin America’s Cup, and then Cammas Groupama. He is director of the Transpacific Yacht Club and of the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation, and a former director of US Sailing. He is recognized as one of the most successful professional navigators in the field; he received the US Sailing Yachtsman of the Year award in 2010, and in 2012 he was an inductee in the National Sailing Hall of Fame.
Mr. Honey brought his technological expertise together with his love of sailing to make sail racing similarly accessible to television viewers at home. The system he has developed, LiveLine, can track racing vessels to within two centimeters, and superimposes graphic elements on the race helicopter footage. His graphics can identify the individual competitors, course outlines, and ahead-behind lines, allowing spectators to better understand the action as it happens, and offering newcomers an opportunity to better connect with the sport. Not only did LiveLine make the race more accessible for spectators, it also proved an invaluable tool for America’s Cup race management. The new LiveLine technology was recently recognized with an Emmy award. It is for this significant contribution to the sport of yachting, developing and implementing a means to open up the sport to a wider audience, that Mr. Honey will be recognized with the NMHS Distinguished Service Award.
Categories: Broadcaster/Film Producer, Sailor/Racing