Designed by Olin Stephens when he was only 25 years old, the 54-foot yawl was launched from the Henry Nevins yard in New York in 1934. The following year, at the beginning of an illustrious racing career, she won both the Newport-Bergen Transatlantic race and the Fastnet race. The most successful racing yacht designer of the 20th Century, Olin Stephens often said Stormy Weather was one of his favourite yacht designs. In 2007, when he was 98 years old, Olin Stephens raced on Stormy Weather for the last time in Argentario, Italy.
In 1995, the 60th anniversary of Stormy Weather’s first victory in the Fastnet race, she was still competitive enough to place sixth overall in the current year’s race. Although a very successful racer, Stormy Weather is also a comfortable and practical cruising boat that attracts much attention wherever she goes. During her long career Stormy Weather crossed the Atlantic over 30 times, and underwent at least two major restorations, one in the Caribbean during the 1980s, and most recently in Argentario, Italy in 2000-2001.