SYRF Chairman Inducted into National Inventor’s Hall of Fame

February 2, 2018

National Sailing Hall of Famer Stan Honey (Class of 2012) will be inducted yet again, this time into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame (NIHF). The winning offshore navigator and inventor of football television’s yellow “First and Ten Line” is one of 15 pioneers to be honored at NIHF’s induction ceremony on May 2-3, 2018.…

SYRF Begins Work on H-0 Project

January 17, 2018

Newport, RI — Fairness in yacht racing is affected by the choice of scoring method applied in a race. For sophisticated methods using a VPP-based determination of the boat’s performance coupled to a model of the wind behavior then the boat’s score will reflect its relative ability to sail the model course efficiently. However, the…

SYRF Represented at the Design and Technology Symposium

December 4, 2017

Aarhus, Denmark – The Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF) supported Executive Director McKenzie Wilson to be a panelist in the Data Analysis session of the Design and Technology Symposium(DTS) held on November 27th in Aarhus, Denmark. The event drew the largest assembled crowd yet of over 100 designers, builders, sailors, race organizers, technologists and media to the 10th edition of this annual…

SYRF Chairman Stan Honey Receives President’s Development Award from World Sailing

November 9, 2017

Since 2008, the President’s Development Award has been awarded to an individual for their work or involvement in developing the sport of sailing nationally or internationally. Stan Honey received the award from World Sailing President, Kim Andersen, as he has continuously looked forward, developing the presentation of the sport on television as well as being…

SYRF Supports World Sailing In-Build Validation for Keels

October 28, 2017

SYRF is a proud supporter of  World Sailing’s systematic review of keel design and construction. The goal of this review was to identify weak points in this process that may have contributed to the recent structural failure of keels in both production and custom sailboats. The full report is now available through the SYRF Library. The…

Changes in Leadership and New Publications at SYRF

October 27, 2017

Newport, RI – The Sailing Yacht Research Foundation(SYRF) is pleased to announce that World-class navigator and America’s Cup Technology Director Stan Honey has been elected by the Board of Directors to be the new Chairman, taking over from the role filled by Steve Benjamin, who will remain on the Board. Both Honey and Benjamin are well-recognized world-class sailors and past winners…


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SYRF would like to thank the generosity of the following people who share the vision to support the science of sailing:

Founder level:
Terry Kohler

Mini Maxi level:
Rob Alexander and Heidi and Steve Benjamin

Offshore level:
Stephen Cucchiario, Kent Haeger, Greg Slyngstad, Jim Vos

Inshore level:
Heidi and Steve Benjamin, Pam and Jay Hansen, Phil and Wendy Lotz,  Scott and Ginny Weisman

Other supporters:
Rob Alexander, Ed Cesare, Myles Cornwell, Stephen Cucchiario, Roy Disney, James Epstein, Kent Haeger, Stan and Sally Honey, David Irish, John H. Linnartz, Phil and Wendy Lotz, Randles Needham, Carl Olsson, Jim Vos, David Weiner

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