Eight Bells: Olin J. Stephens
Olin J. Stephens, who celebrated his 100th birthday on April 13, 2008, passed away this weekend. Yacht designer Stephens was Member Number 1 in the NYYC’s seniority list, having joined the club in 1930, or 78 years ago. In Olin Stephens’s autobiography, "All This and Sailing, Too," he remarked, “I was lucky: I had a goal. As far back as I can remember I wanted to design fast boats.” His imprint on yacht design includes having designed the winners of a total of eight of the nine America's Cup matches between 1937 and 1980, with his portfolio of successful designs making him the most influential designer of the 20th century. For a complete profile of Olin J. Stephens, written by John Rousmaniere, click here
Click here for the birthday card that was posted during Stephens’ centennial celebration.
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