Sparkman & Stephens

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Olin Stephens II (1908-2008), was one of the most influential and prolific designers of the 20th century. After a short apprenticeship working on six meters, he joined forces with Drake Sparkman in 1930 to form the legendary S&S firm.
(From the beginning, the importance and influence of his brother, Rod Stephens, can not be overstated.)
The success of 'Dorade', commissioned by his father in the same year, helped put the company on the map.Many other designs were to follow including Baruna, Vim, Brilliant, Stormy Weather, Northern Light, and Nyala.
In 1937, in collaboration with Starling Burgess, Stephens designed 'Ranger', the last and fastest of the J Class boats, which was selected to defend the Cup after only seven races.
During the war, Sparkman & Stephens was heavily involved with the design of craft for the military.
When racing for the Americas cup resumed 26 years later, his pre-war 12 meter 'Vim' was barely eliminated in the defender trials of 1958. The S&S designed 'Freedom' (1980) was the last 12-Meter to successfully defend the Cup.
Olin Stephens was one of the primary figures in the development of rating rules from the CCA, to IOR, to IMS.
(Boats listed here are some of series built sailing yachts from the firm Sparkman & Stephens).

Sailboats Designed By Sparkman & Stephens

Model LOA First Built
WALTON 37 (GRAMPIAN) 37.33 ft / 11.38 m 1964
WEEK-ENDER (S&S) 35.00 ft / 10.67 m 1938
WEEKENDER 24 24.17 ft / 7.37 m 1965
WHITNEY SYSTEM/30 30.08 ft / 9.17 m 1968
XL-2 42 (ALLIED) 41.50 ft / 12.65 m 1969
YANKEE 26 26.00 ft / 7.92 m 1974
YANKEE 30 MKI 30.04 ft / 9.16 m 1970
YANKEE 30 MKIII (3/4 TON) 30.04 ft / 9.16 m 1973
YANKEE 30-MORC 29.98 ft / 9.14 m 1970
YANKEE 38 38.17 ft / 11.63 m 1972
ZUANELLI 34 34.45 ft / 10.50 m 1984
ZUANELLI 40 40.35 ft / 12.30 m 1989
ZUANELLI 401 41.67 ft / 12.70 m 1996

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