All This And Sailing Too – An Autobiography
Olin J. Stephens.
Olin Stephens is the most successful yacht and boat designer of the twentieth century, a legend in his own time almost from the day in 1931 when he and his brother Rod and father Roderick Sr. Finished a trans-Atlantic race to England in the revolutionary 52′ yawl Dorade a full two days ahead of the competition. His autobiography begins with youthful family sailing , moves on to six-meter designs and victories, to J-Boat experience in the 1930’s, to war work in the 1940’s, to America’s Cup design and sailing from 1958 to 1983, and to the fleet of great cruising and racing yachts in between.
This personal history of Olin and his brother Rod, of the renowned firm of Sparkman & Stephens, and of international yachting in this century, is informed, introspective, eloquent. The book combines authoritative text with stunning pictures and illustrations throughout. (Amazon review)