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
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 35.00 ft / 10.67 m 1975
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
PILOT 35 (HINCKLEY) 35.75 ft / 10.90 m 1962
PIPEDREAM 37 37.00 ft / 11.28 m 1961
PJ-30 (AQUAFIBRE) 30.00 ft / 9.14 m 1971
PJ-30 1/2 TON 29.92 ft / 9.12 m 1973


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