Olin Stephens celebrated his 100th birthday last weekend. To mark the milestone, I did a little digging to find out what some of the superstar sailors of Stephens’ day had to say about this legendary yacht designer.
Clinton Crane, author of Yachting Memories:
“Sherman (Hoyt) and I watched Olin’s development (since he was 14 or 15) as a designer and were much impressed with the thoughtfulness and originality of his work.”
Sherman Hoyt, America’s Cup veteran affiliated with Sparkman & Stephens:
“It was a pleasure to be with S&S, where I could hang my hat when I wasn’t off yachting. I believe those 20 years were the happiest of my life.”
Carleton Mitchell, Bermuda Race legend, on Stephens’ contribution to the Columbia America’s Cup campaign:
“Olin Stephens’ genius not only brought Columbia into being from a blank sheet of paper, but his skill as a sailor and attention to little things made him the principal architect of victory.”
Here’s my Olin Stephens A to Z:
J J Boat (our connection to the J-Boat era)
L Lightning (another Olin Stephens design)
N New York Yacht Club (Member #1)
R Rod (brother)
Happy Birthday, Olin, and thank you!