Jan Linge, who in the sailing world is best known for the design of the Soling and Yngling, was honoured during the 2003 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting.
Image, left to right: HM King Harald of Norway and Jan Linge
Extract of presentation speech made by ISAF President, Paul Henderson:
'Born in Oslo on 28 January 1922, Jan Herman Linge has dedicated much of his life to sailing.
The son of a naval Captain, he was a sailor in the merchant navy for 2 years, before working in a shipyard where, on a university apprenticeship, he had his first taste of naval architecture.
The war intervened with his studies for six years, from 1943 through until 1946, after which he resumed his naval architecture education in both Great Britain and America.
Some of his early drawings were first put into practice, when in 1943 he escaped from Norway to Sweden in a boat designed and built from himself.
During 1944 and 1945, Jan trod in the footsteps of his father as a member of the special independent unit 'Kompani Linge', a unit which was named after his father.
From 1946 until 1949, Jan completed his naval architect studies, and was then employed as a naval architect for Boatservice in Oslo and Mandal.
Seven years later, in 1956, he established his own design and consulting firm Jan H. Linge A/S. One of his first commissions was to design and supervise the building of a motor-torpedo-boat, named NASTY, a fast patrol boat used by several NATO-navies.
From those early years, Jan moved on and designed many sailing and power boats.
In the sailing world, Jan is known mainly for designing the Yngling, Soling and several 5.5 metre designs.
The Soling, designed in 1965 and popular as a national class, was selected for the Olympics in 1968, and first used at the 1972 Olympic Regatta in Kiel. The Crown Prince competed in the Soling?s inaugural regatta, placing 10th. The Soling remained in the Olympic Regatta until 1996, with over 2000 boats having been built.
It was in the Soling's final appearance in 2000 that Norway finally won a medal with Herman Horn Johannessen, Paul Davis and Espen Stokkeland. To this day, the Soling is raced in 41 countries on every continent.
The Yngling, designed in 1967 was inspired by the need 'to design and build a small keelboat for my son, Oyvin, who at that time was 14 years old'. Hence the name 'Yngling', which means youngster.
The Yngling, which became an ISAF Class in 1979, was selected for the women's keelboat event in November 2000. The boat will see its first Olympic Regatta in 2004. To date more than 3000 Ynglings have been built .
Jan has followed his boats into Olympic competition, having participated as technical advisor and reserve crew for the Norwegian Olympic Sailing Team at the Olympic Games in 1952, 1960, 1964 and 1968.
Alongside these boats, Jan has designed many cruising and offshore boats for individual owners and also for production in GRP. On the motoring front, Jan has designed many fast powerboats for manufacturers such as Fjordplast, Draco, Windy and others. From an industry perspective, the building of Jan's designs have created many jobs around the world.
Jan's involvement with ISAF has spanned more than four decades, primarily as a member of the IYRU/ISAF Keelboat Committee, and is currently a consultant to the Keelboat Committee.
Jan's commitment to the sport has been recognised in a number of ways.
1966 - awarded prize of honour by the Norwegian Scientific Research Board for his contribution to Norwegian industry.
1971 - awarded the Norwegian Design Prize for the Yngling.
1988 - awarded the Jacob-prize in recognition of his many designs and in the same year the Knight of 1st Class Sankt Olavs Orden.
2000 - ISAF awarded Jan the ISAF Gold Medal in recognition of his outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing.
Jan is a remarkable man who from an early age has impacted the sport of sailing - his footprint is very firmly stamped on our sport.'
The ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy was presented by ISAF Presidents of Honour, His Majesty King Harald of Norway and His Majesty King Constantine.
The presentation took place at Jan Linge's family home, just outside Norway, where guests had the opportunity to see Yngling 1 and Soling 1.