Whether crushing speed records, nailing ocean races, or pioneering new technology, Stan Honey knows his position precisely. (Parts of this interview appear in our May 2011 issue.)
Do you still have your Cal 40, Illusion?
Yeah. We’ve been using it in the short term to test some of this AC stuff. So we’ve got electronics down below that are probably worth four times the value of the boat. And we’ve got a bunch of antennas on the masthead and on the stern, and we’re testing the AC tracking and helicopter image overlay stuff. So it’s probably been the only time in the history of the planet that people chartered a helicopter to take footage of a Cal 40.
Anything left on the list that you still need to cross off?
I’d like to finish a Sydney-Hobart. We were leading when we lost the rig on ABN AMRO before the Volvo. But I’d love to try and win a Hobart. I nearly got a chance on Alfa Romeo, but it conflicted with Groupama. So that’s still something I want to do. And Sally and I want to go cruising.
Nope. We’re thinking we’d go through the Panama Canal and do a loop around the islands of the Atlantic: the Azores, Canaries, Madeira, Cape Verde, then through the Chilean canals and back.
On your Cal 40?!
Sure. That’s the boat we got. You know what they say about what makes the best cruising boat? Whatever you own.