Sparkman & Stephens
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
|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|
|NEW HORIZONS 26||25.42 ft / 7.75 m||1958|
|NEW YORK YACHT CLUB 32||45.33 ft / 13.82 m||1935|
|NEW YORK YACHT CLUB 48||47.83 ft / 14.58 m||1976|
|NEW YORK YACHT CLUB 48 (S&S)||47.83 ft / 14.58 m||1976|
|NORTH STAR 1000||29.92 ft / 9.12 m||1973|
|NORTH STAR 1500/35||35.50 ft / 10.82 m||1974|
|NORTH STAR 38 (HUGHES)||37.83 ft / 11.53 m||1971|
|NORTH STAR 48||48.17 ft / 14.68 m||1970|
|NORTH STAR 500||24.98 ft / 7.61 m||1973|
|NORTH STAR 600||25.96 ft / 7.91 m||1975|
|NORTH STAR 80/20||40.00 ft / 12.19 m||1973|
|NORTH WIND 43 DS||42.58 ft / 12.98 m||2001|
|NORTH WIND 58||57.35 ft / 17.48 m||2006|
|NORTH WIND 68||66.86 ft / 20.38 m||2006|
|NORTHERN 29||29.00 ft / 8.84 m||1972|
|OCEAN CRUISING 48||47.58 ft / 14.50 m||1979|
|ORION 35||34.50 ft / 10.52 m||1978|
|PACIFIC DOLPHIN 24||24.17 ft / 7.37 m||1974|
|PARI 34||34.50 ft / 10.52 m||1979|
|PAWNEE 26 (CHRIS-CRAFT)||26.15 ft / 7.97 m||1970|
|PILOT 33||32.92 ft / 10.03 m||1945|