Olin J. Stephens II (1908-2008)
Embodying the Cruising Club of America
Olin Stephens was a champion in the field of naval architecture. His designs won seven America’s Cup competitions and most of the major ocean races, including the Bermuda, Fastnet, Transatlantic, and Transpacific Races. He also designed cruising boats that made passages recognized by the CCA with Blue Water Medals.
Despite his many successes, Olin was a man of noteworthy modesty. Here, for example, are the opening lines of his autobiography, All This and Sailing, Too (published by Mystic Seaport): “I was lucky. I had a goal. As far back as I can remember, I wanted to design fast boats.”
Olin was a good friend of Mystic Seaport, serving on its board of trustees for 41 years. One of his early designs was Mystic Seaport’s beautiful schooner Brilliant.