When reeling off a list of the most famous racing yacht designers of the past 75 years one name does not always trip off the tongue as easily as higher-profile international figures. Yet, as Julian Everitt describes, Ericus Van de Stadt was perhaps one of the most influential designers of them all

Ericus (Ricus) Gerhardus Van de Stadt, usually known more simply as E G Van de Stadt, was an internationally renowned ocean racing yacht designer who succeeded in getting innovation to work for him, rather than letting it frighten his clients away in the conservative world of offshore raceboat design. Van de Stadt pioneered trends that right from the outset of his offshore design career, beginning in 1949, took until the mid-1960s to become the norm and still form the cornerstone of fast yacht design today.

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