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
SEAFARER 23 KESTREL (CRUISE) 23.08 ft / 7.03 m 1963
SEAFARER 23 KESTREL (DAYSAILOR) 23.08 ft / 7.03 m 1963
SEAFARER 45 45.08 ft / 13.74 m 1961
SEAFARER 45 YAWL 45.08 ft / 13.74 m 1961
SEAFARER 46 46.00 ft / 14.02 m 1967
SEAFARER 48 48.00 ft / 14.63 m 1969
SEAWANHAKA ONE-DESIGN (S&S) 31.00 ft / 9.45 m 1939
SEAWANHAKA SEA BIRD 24.00 ft / 7.32 m 1938
SEGUIN 44 43.08 ft / 13.13 m 1980
SEGUIN 46 45.83 ft / 13.97 m 1982
SHE 27 26.00 ft / 7.92 m 1971
SHE 31 30.33 ft / 9.24 m 1969
SHE 33 32.18 ft / 9.81 m 1978
SHE 36 35.50 ft / 10.82 m 1977
SHE 9.5 TRAVELLER 30.38 ft / 9.26 m 1970
SHE C32 31.33 ft / 9.55 m 1972
SHIELDS 30.21 ft / 9.21 m 1962
SIGMA 36 (S&S) 36.00 ft / 10.97 m 1968
SIGMA 38 (S&S) 38.33 ft / 11.68 m 1967
SOLARIS 47 47.18 ft / 14.38 m 1979
SOUND ONE DESIGN 31.00 ft / 9.45 m 1949
SPARKMAN & STEPHENS 30 (2012) 30.50 ft / 9.30 m 2012
STEVENS 40 40.58 ft / 12.37 m 1982
STEVENS 42 42.00 ft / 12.80 m 1988
STEVENS 47 46.83 ft / 14.27 m 1981

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