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
INDIAN HARBOR ARROW (S&S) 18.00 ft / 5.49 m 1946
INTERCLUB (USA) 11.50 ft / 3.51 m 1946
ISLANDER 30 (HINCKLEY-1938) 30.00 ft / 9.14 m 1938
ISLANDER 30 (HINCKLEY-1940) 30.00 ft / 9.14 m 1940
IW-31 30.33 ft / 9.24 m 1968
IW-40 39.70 ft / 12.10 m 1975
KNICKERBOCKER ONE-DESIGN 26.25 ft / 8.00 m 1964
KNOCKABOUT 24 (S&S) 24.17 ft / 7.37 m 1962
KNUTSON 35 35.00 ft / 10.67 m 1955
LACOSTE 36 37.50 ft / 11.43 m 1985
LACOSTE 42 42.17 ft / 12.85 m 1985
LIGHTNING 19.00 ft / 5.79 m 1938
LOKI 38 (S&S) 38.33 ft / 11.68 m 1949
LOTUS 28 (S&S) 28.50 ft / 8.69 m 1962
MANHASSET BAY ONE-DESIGN 21.50 ft / 6.55 m 1928
MAPLE LEAF ONE-DESIGN 35.16 ft / 10.72 m 1946
MINUTEMAN 11.58 ft / 3.53 m 1968
MUSTANG 17 17.00 ft / 5.18 m 1964
NAUTICAT 40 39.37 ft / 12.00 m 1984
NAUTICAT 43 42.67 ft / 13.01 m 1983
NAUTICAT 52 51.16 ft / 15.59 m 1981
NAUTOR 39 39.21 ft / 11.95 m 1977
NAUTOR 43 42.75 ft / 13.03 m 1976
NAUTOR 50 49.70 ft / 15.15 m 1976
NEVINS 40 40.00 ft / 12.19 m 1955


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