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Sally

Honey

Sally

1944

A two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year (1973 and 1974) Sally Lindsay Honey is a dinghy sailor with extensive offshore experience. For two decades she raced Thistles, Fireballs, 470s and Dragons and campaigned a 505 internationally. In 1972, Honey opened her own loft and was widely known for designing spinnakers and trapeze harnesses.

Sally also helped develop SailMail and for over a decade served as director and administrator of the SailMail Association, a non‐profit which provides its more than 3,000 yacht owners with a worldwide email communications system.

  • Sailing Awards and Service  
    • 1972: 5-0-5 Fleet 6, fleet captain
    • 1973: Martini and Rossi (now Rolex) Yachtswoman of the Year
    • 1974: Martini and Rossi (now Rolex) Yachtswoman of the Year
    • 1981: American Section President, International 505 Class
    • 1994: Pacific Cup Board of Directors, Seminar organization, including SAS seminars 1994,95 and 96-97: Sailing World Boat of the Year Panelist
    • 1995 to 2005: coach for various women’s sailing clinics
    • 2002-2004: Pacific Cup Board of Directors for 2004 race, SAS seminars
    • 2011-12: Pacific Cup Offshore Academy, organizer, moderator
    • 2011- present: US Sailing, Safety At Sea Committee, current chair
    • 2012: US Sailing Full Crew Farallones Independent Investigation, committee chair  2012- 14: Cruising Club of America, local station safety officer, Safety at Sea committee   2013: America’s Cup Safety Review Panel following the Artemis tragedy
    • 2016: Safety at Sea Core Topics Handbook, editor, written for US Sailing
    • 2016-17: US Sailing’s Safety at Sea Handbook, editor

 

Sailing 

International 505: 

  • 1972, 73, and 74: New England Seasonal 5-0-5 Championship, 1st
  • 1973,74,76,77: Bermuda International Race Week, 5-0-5, 1st, skipper
  • 1973: East Coast 5-0-5 Champion
  • 1974: Canadian Olympic Regatta at Kingston, 5-0-5, 1st skipper
  • 1978: North American 5-0-5-Championships, 1st, skipper
  • 1970-90: Campaigned 5-0-5’s in numerous international championships, including (7) World Championships (Santa Cruz, Bermuda, France, Denmark, Australia, San Francisco, France) generally  finishing in the top 20 and always the top woman; and including (2) Pacific Championships, in Hong Kong and  Japan, finishing 3rd.

 

Other Small Boat Racing: 

  • 1972: Adams Cup, Women’s North American Sailing Champion, 1st, skipper
  • 1975: Memorial Adams Cup, 1st, skipper
  • 1979: Memorial Adams Cup, 1st, crew
  • 1970 – 90: Many additional regional, national, and international regattas in Thistles (1st crew Nationals and Mid-winters), Fireballs (2nd skipper Nationals), 470s, Dragons, Melges 24 as skipper and crew.

 

Offshore Big Boat Racing: 

  • 1962,64: Annapolis-Newport Race, NY 32, “Proton”, crew
  • 1969: Block Island Race Week, NY 32, “Proton”, foredeck boss
  • 1970: Newport-Bermuda Race, NY 32, “Proton”
  • 1990: Double-handed Pacific Cup, San Francisco-Hawaii, Cal 40 “Illusion”, co-skipper 1992: Pacific Cup, fully crewed, Schumacher 50, “Heart of Gold”, crew, 2nd
  • 1993: Double-handed Ocean Series, San Francisco Bay, Cal 40 “Illusion”,1st
  • 1993: Long Beach-Cabo Race, “Heart of Gold”, watch captain
  • 1994: Pacific Cup, fully crewed, Express 37, “Mélange”, crew, 2nd in class
  • 1996: Pacific Cup, double-handed Cal 40 “Illusion”, First Overall, First Double-handed, Fastest Corrected Time any race
  • 1990-98: Double-handed Farallones, SF Lightship, Vallejo races, etc., Cal 40 “Illusion” many 1st, 2nds 1998: Antigua Race Week, Sayonara, crew
  • 2002: Antigua Race Week, Pyewacket, crew
  • 2003: TransPac, Cal 40 Illusion, co-skipper, 1st in class, 3rd overall
  • 2005: TransPac, Cal 40 Illusion, skipper-navigator, 2nd in class
  • 2010: Newport-Bermuda Race, Cal 40 “Gone with the Wind”, navigator, 3rd in class, 8th overall 2013: Double-handed Farallones race, Cal 40 “Illusion”, 1st overall

 

In-shore Big Boat Racing: 

  • 2001: San Francisco OYRA (ocean series) Season Championship, Cal 40, Illusion, co-skipper 2002: San Francisco HDA (Handicap) Season Championship, Cal 40, Illusion, co-skipper  2007: Big Boat Series, Santa Cruz 52, Winnetou, crew 2nd
  • 2008: Big Boat Series, Schumacher 46, Surprise, crew
  • 2008: Chicago – Mac, Beneteau 44.7, Indecision, watch captain
  • 2009: Big Boat series, Express 37, Golden Moon, crew

 

Off-shore Delivery/Cruising History: 

  • 1956: Ten days cruising Cape Cod on the 48’ eight meter, “Proton”
  • 1954-68: Many weekend cruises on the Chesapeake Bay, “Proton”
  • 1966: July and August, charter crew, 48’ Alden schooner, “Olad”, St Thomas, V.I. 1968: Delivery, Bermuda to Annapolis, 45’ New York 32, “Proton”
  • 1970: December, Transatlantic crossing, Canary Islands to Antigua, “Proton”, watch captain 1971: Jan – June, Live aboard & maintain the 45’ NY 32, “Proton”, English Harbor, Antigua   1970-74: multiple week-long cruises, Maine coast, Amphibicon 26
  • 1973: two-week cruise, Camden to Rocque Island, 36’ catamaran
  • 1991: delivery, Hawaii to San Francisco, Cal 40, “Illusion”, co-skipper
  • 1993: week-long instructional cruise, Maine coast, C & C 40, instructor
  • 1996: July-October, Hawaii – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, 2-handed, Cal 40, “Illusion” 1997: July-October, Cruise Anacortes to Glacier Bay to San Francisco, Cal 40, “Illusion”   2001: PlayStation, Morrelli-Melvin Catamaran, delivery Philadelphia to New York City, crew   2003: double-handed delivery, Hawaii to San Francisco, Cal 40, “Illusion”, co-skipper   2014: double-handed cruise from San Francisco to Los Angeles, Cal 40 Illusion   2015,16: double-handed cruising in the Sea of Cortez, Cal 40 Illusion
  • 2016-19: double-handed cruising, Mexico-Panama Canal-Newport RI, Cal 40 Illusion 2020: double-handed cruising, Maine Coast

 

Memberships: 

Pacific Cup Yacht Club, St Francis Yacht Club (spouse), US Sailing, TransPac Yacht Club, South  Beach Yacht Club, Cruising Club of America, New York YC (spouse), Storm Trysail Club.

 

Contributions:

  • Pacific Cup YC Board of Directors and seminar organizer, including several Safety-At-Sea Seminars Cruising Club of America local station safety officer and program organizer
  • multiple lectures on sailing and sail making to various organizations, as well as instruction in dinghy and big boat sailing
  • Chair, US Sailing Farallones Investigation
  • Chair, US Sailing Safety At Sea Committee
  • Board Member, Call of the Sea Tall Ship
  • Educational Tall Ships,
  • Co-writer, US Sailing’s Safety at Sea, A Guide to Safety Under Sail and Personal Survival

 

Miles sailed (approximate) 

 Off-shore Big Boat Racing: 

  • 1100 1962, 64 Annapolis-Newport Race, NY 32, “Proton”, crew
  • 100 1969 Block Island Race Week, NY 32, “Proton”, foredeck boss
  • 630 1970 Bermuda Race, NY 32, “Proton”
  • 2300 1990 Double-handed Pacific Cup, San Francisco-Hawaii, Cal 40, co-skipper 2300 1992 Pacific Cup, fully crewed, Schumacher 50, “Heart of Gold”, crew, 2nd  4000 1993 Double-handed Ocean Series, San Francisco Bay, 1st
  • 930 1993 Long Beach-Cabo Race, “Heart of Gold”, watch captain
  • 2300 1994 Pacific Cup, fully crewed, Express 37, “Mélange”, crew, 2nd in class 2300 1996 Pacific Cup, double-handed, Cal 40, Illusion, 1st over-all
  • 1200 1990-98 Double-handed Farallones, SF Lightship, Vallejo races, etc., many 1st, 2nds 100 1998 Antigua Race Week, Sayonara
  • 100 2002 Antigua Race Week, Pyewacket
  • 2400 2003 TransPac, Cal 40 Illusion, co-skipper, 1st in class, 3rd overall 2400 2005 TransPac, Cal 40 Illusion, skipper-navigator, 2nd in class
  • 350 2008 Chicago-Mac, Beneteau 44.7, Indecision, watch captain
  • 630 2010 Bermuda Race, Cal 40 Gone with the Wind, navigator, 3rd in class, 8th overall

 

Off-shore Deliveries/Cruises 

  • 600 1956 ten days cruising Cape Cod on the 48’ eight meter, “Proton” 900 1954-68: weekend cruises on the Chesapeake Bay, “Proton”
  • 200 1966 July and August, charter crew, , 48’ Alden schooner, “Olad”, St Thomas, V.I. 850 1968 delivery, Bermuda to Annapolis, 45’ New York 32, “Proton”
  • 3200 1969 December, Transatlantic crossing, Canary Islands to Antigua, “Proton”, watch captain 500 1970 Jan – June, Live aboard & maintain NY 32, “Proton”, English Harbor, Antigua  500 1970-74: week-long cruises, Maine coast, Amphibicon 26
  • 300 1973 two-week cruise, Camden to Roque Island, 36’ catamaran
  • 2800 1991 delivery, Hawaii to San Francisco, Cal 40, “Illusion”, co-skipper 200 1993 week-long instructional cruise, Maine coast, C & C 40, instructor  2800 1996 July-October, Passage: Hawaii to British Columbia, cruise inside Vancouver Island  3000 1997 July-October, Cruise Anacortes to Glacier Bay to San Francisco  150 2001 PlayStation, delivery Philadelphia to New York
  • 2800 2003 double-handed delivery, Hawaii-San Francisco, Illusion
  • 10000 2014-2020 Cruise from San Francisco to Maine, via Panama Canal

 

Current Positions (2020): 

  • Director: SailMail Association, providing worldwide email to offshore vessels
  • Chair, World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations Sub-committee,
  • Member: US Sailing, Safety At Sea Committee;
  • Member: Cruising Club of America, Safety And Seamanship Committee

 

Sailing-related Employment: 

  • 1998 – present: Director, SailMail Association, email service for yachts via Iridium, Inmarsat, or SSB (www.sailmail.com)
  • 1979 – 2007: Owner/president, Precision Technical Sewing, Inc. and Spinnaker Shop, Palo Alto, CA Sailmaking, marine canvas, and industrial sewing for the aerospace, electronics, medical,  and exhibit industries. (www.techsewing.com, www.spinnakershop.com)
  • 1975 – 1979: Sail designer and production manager, One-Design Department, North Sails East, Stratford, CT
  • 1972 – 1975: owner, Sally Lindsay Sailmakers, Swampscott, MA
  • Fall, 1971: seamstress, Cressy and Curtis Sailmakers, Marblehead, MA
  • January – June 1970: Transatlantic crossing, Canary Islands to Antigua, then boat maintenance person on 45′ sloop, English Harbor, Antigua.
  • 1969: Sail cutter, Dyson Sails, Marblehead, Massachusetts.
  • 1969: Sail cutter/layout, Hood Sails, Marblehead, Massachusetts.

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