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
FLEET-O-WING 17.75 ft / 5.41 m 1939
FREYA 44 (S&S) 43.67 ft / 13.31 m 1968
FUJI 40 39.17 ft / 11.94 m 1977
GAIA 36 36.00 ft / 10.97 m 1965
GRAMPIAN CLASSIC 37 37.26 ft / 11.36 m 1965
GULFSTREAM 30 (S&S) 30.33 ft / 9.24 m 1955
GULFSTREAM 36 (S&S) 37.00 ft / 11.28 m 1953
GULFSTREAM 42 (S&S) 41.51 ft / 12.65 m 1960
HINCKLEY 38 37.50 ft / 11.43 m 1968
HOLIDAY 36 35.50 ft / 10.82 m 1984
HOLIDAY 47 46.92 ft / 14.30 m 1988
HOWMAR 12 12.17 ft / 3.71 m 1983
HUGHES 26 26.00 ft / 7.92 m 1976
HUGHES 31 31.00 ft / 9.45 m 1979
HUGHES 35 35.50 ft / 10.82 m 1973
HUGHES 38-1 37.82 ft / 11.53 m 1967
HUGHES 38-2 38.00 ft / 11.58 m 1970
HUGHES 38-3 37.90 ft / 11.55 m 1977
HUGHES 40 40.00 ft / 12.19 m 1975
HUGHES 48 48.00 ft / 14.63 m 1970
HUISMAN 41 41.08 ft / 12.52 m 1979
HYLAS 47 46.75 ft / 14.25 m 1986
HYLAS 49 48.88 ft / 14.90 m 1992
IMPALA 35 (S&S) 34.28 ft / 10.45 m 1969
IMPALA 41 41.80 ft / 12.74 m 1974

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