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
CAPRI 26-1 (CHRIS-CRAFT) 26.25 ft / 8.00 m 1965
CAPRI 26-2 (CHRIS-CRAFT) 26.25 ft / 8.00 m 1966
CAPRI 30 (CHRIS-CRAFT) 30.00 ft / 9.14 m 1964
CARIBBEAN 35 (CHRIS-CRAFT) 35.18 ft / 10.72 m 1965
CATALINA 38 38.08 ft / 11.61 m 1978
CHEROKEE 32 (CHRIS-CRAFT) 32.00 ft / 9.75 m 1966
CLASSIC 37 (GRAMPIAN) 37.33 ft / 11.38 m 1964
COLUMBIA 29 28.50 ft / 8.69 m 1961
COLUMBIA 29 DEFENDER 28.50 ft / 8.69 m 1963
COLUMBIA 29 MKII 28.50 ft / 8.69 m 1965
COMANCHE 42 (CHRIS-CRAFT) 42.00 ft / 12.80 m 1968
CONDOR 37 38.39 ft / 11.70 m 1979
CONTESSA 38 (S&S) 38.50 ft / 11.73 m 1973
D&M 22 22.00 ft / 6.71 m 1971
DARK HARBOR 20 30.00 ft / 9.14 m 1934
DEB 33 33.42 ft / 10.19 m 1969
DELTA 94 30.33 ft / 9.24 m 1971
DESIGNERS CHOICE (HOWMAR) 14.87 ft / 4.53 m 1978
DOLPHIN 24 (S&S) 24.16 ft / 7.36 m 1959
DOLPHIN 24 (YANKEE) 24.16 ft / 7.36 m 1968
DUFOUR 42 (S&S) 42.16 ft / 12.85 m 1988
FALCON 24 (S&S) 24.16 ft / 7.36 m 1973
FINISTERRE (S&S) 38.50 ft / 11.73 m 1954
FISHER PILOT 33 33.00 ft / 10.06 m 1946
FLAMINGO 32 31.50 ft / 9.60 m 1976

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