Stress was built with GRP over an Airex core by Sailing Progress for the 1977 season, commissioned by Goran Winberg and Borje Blumenthal. She was essentially a development of the Agnes lines, but with slightly less drawn out displacement in the bow and slightly larger.
Stress achieved immediate success in her first season - the overall winner of the Round Gotland race (against 200-300 boats) and a host of other local regattas in Sweden and Finland. She was winner of her class in Cowes Week that year, performing strongly in the light winds that prevailed, and she then went on to finish second overall in the Channel Race. Her result in the light airs Fastnet Race was not as impressive, as stronger winds came in for the smaller yachts after Stress and other top boats had finished.
|Stress during the 1978 One Ton Cup (photo courtesy Markus Norlin)|
|The original lines drawing of Peter Norlin's Stress|
|Peter Norlin at the helm of Stress|
|Startline action in the 1978 One Ton Cup - Stress leads off towards the pin end of the line - Danish yacht Heatwave is visible two boats back with second placegetter Bremen just to windward (photo courtesy Markus Norlin)|
|Stress in her preferred light air conditions during the 1978 One Ton Cup (photo courtesy Markus Norlin)|
|Stress (left) in close company during the 1978 One Ton Cup, with Heatwave (D2892) and Export Lion (KZ-3398) to leeward and ahead.|
|Sylvia 2 during a long offshore race off Sweden during the 1980s|
|The Listrup family also built these impressive 1:10 scale models of Stress|
|Stress in her more recent configuration, seen here in Poland in 2013 (photo Zbyszek Kania)|