many people deserve the title of legend, But Olin Stephens certainly does.
Sadly, the legend is gone as he passed away over the weekend. A wonderful
man by all accounts, the body of work of Sparkman and Stephens, the design
breakthroughs, and the sheer beauty of their work remains as a testament
to the incredible boats they graced our sport with. Of all his brilliant
accomplishments, designing eight of the nine America’s Cup winners between
1937 and 1980 most certainly stands unmatched. Truly the end of an era
and one worth a few moments of your time in remembrance.
Thanks to James Robinson
Taylor for the photograph.