The Olin J. Stephens II Trophy

Patrick Matthiesen, Hiro Nakajima and the Stamford Yacht Club organised a new trophy which was inaugurated at the 2008 AGM in Enkhuizen. The sterling silver cup known as ‘THE OLIN J.STEPHENS II TROPHY’ was intended to be presented annually to a winning S & S classic design on the Med. Circuit. The cup is presented at the circuit prize giving by AIVE.

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Olin J. Stephens II Trophy

The 16th Argentario Sailing Week and second stage of the 2015 Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge’s Mediterranean Circuit concluded at Porto Santo Stefano on Sunday, June 21, with victory for Manitou in the Vintage category, Sagittarius in the Classic and Mida in the Spirt of Tradition.  

A total of 40 historic yachts gathered for the event in Tuscany which is also Panerai’s home region (it was founded in Florence in 1860). They then successfully completed all three scheduled races in sunny, summery weather with winds of between seven and 12 knots.

Vintage category winner Manitou is a Bermudan yawl built in the US in 1937 to a Sparkman & Stephens design. She has been taking part in the Panerai events since 2011 and was once known as the “the floating White House” because President J.F. Kennedy sailed her on his summer vacations. In additon to winning her class she was also awarded the Olin J. Stephens II Trophy.

The Bermudan sloop Sagittarius, launched in 1971 and designed by Sparkman & Stephens, took home the Panerai watch for winning the Classic category and was the star of the “Challenge of Challenge”, an exciting new competition that pits two yachts from the same category with no penalties, handicaps or protests allowed.