I've often said that singlehanded sailors have the best odds of being Knighted of any profession in the world. Of the small number of English singlehanders, a very large proportion have been given the K. And I know that France's equivalent, the Legion of Honor, has been given to many French singlehanders, and even to an Aussi who rescued a Frenchman.
Now I see that Dame Ellen MacArthur has been invited to join the Club of Rome:
We are delighted to announce that Ellen MacArthur has recently become a full member of the Club of Rome, which represents the highest level of recognition granted by the prestigious group. The Club of Rome pulls together leading international experts in a variety of disciplines, who are committed to researching practical solutions to the global issues that we face. Through the work of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ellen has been influential in catalysing circular economy thinking around the world, via live presentations, research forums, and in forging relationships key to developing a new operating system for the global economy.
Although not necessarily for her singlehanded sailing in particular, I think this is just indicative of the high quality of people that do take up this particular sport.