Olin Stephens II was one of the most prolific American naval architects. He spent his youth sailing on his father boats before joining the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) that he had to stop due to illness. He started to design yachts at only 19 and joined in 1929 Drake Sparkman, a recognized broker, and his brother Roderick Stephens to found the firm Sparkman and Stephens.
Fame came in 1931 with the victory of the Dorade on the Fastnet race. By 1937 he tackled a new challenge: the America's Cup with Ranger, who emerged victorious, like 7 other sailboats of the same architect who defended the United States until 1980.
Sparkman and Stephens also worked with many shipyards as for example Nautor's Swan or Hallberg-Rassy.
Website : www.sparkmanstephens.com
There are 2 "Olin Stephens" sailboats on Sailboat-Data.
|Dufour / Yachting France Dufour 42 / Lacoste 42||41.1 ft||1985|
|Nautor's Swan Swan 36||35.8 ft||1967|