Olin J. Stephens II, April 13, 1908 - September 13, 2008
Yacht Designer Olin J. Stephens Remembered
At the age of 100 years old, legendary yacht designer Olin J. Stephens
passed away on Saturday, September 13, in Hanover, NH.
In the last century, Mr. Stephens designed
more than 2,200 racing and cruising sailboats,
from Lightnings to the J-class boat Ranger.
He and his firm Sparkman and Stephens designed
the winners of a total of eight of the nine
America's Cup matches between 1937 and 1980,
including the 12-metres Columbia, Constellation, Freedom, Intrepid and Courageous.
For his many contributions to the sport of
sailing, in 1964 Mr. Stephens was awarded US
SAILING’s prestigious award, the Nathanael
G. Herreshoff Trophy. In 2004, he also received
US SAILING's National Sportsmanship Trophy.
In addition, he was inducted into the America’s
Cup Hall of Fame at the Herreshoff Marine Museum
in Bristol, R.I., in 1993.
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