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
STEVENS 50 50.00 ft / 15.24 m 1985
STEVENS 50 PH 50.00 ft / 15.24 m 1986
SUNWARD 48 48.00 ft / 14.63 m 1978
SWAN 36 35.73 ft / 10.89 m 1967
SWAN 37 36.50 ft / 11.13 m 1970
SWAN 38 S&S 38.25 ft / 11.66 m 1974
SWAN 38 S&S (1 TON) 38.25 ft / 11.66 m 1974
SWAN 40 (S&S) 39.30 ft / 11.98 m 1970
SWAN 41 41.01 ft / 12.50 m 1973
SWAN 411 40.81 ft / 12.44 m 1977
SWAN 43 (S&S) 42.78 ft / 13.04 m 1967
SWAN 431 43.25 ft / 13.18 m 1976
SWAN 44 (S&S) 44.00 ft / 13.41 m 1972
SWAN 47 S&S 47.83 ft / 14.58 m 1975
SWAN 47-2 S&S CB (NYYC 48) 47.83 ft / 14.58 m 1976
SWAN 48-S&S 47.90 ft / 14.60 m 1971
SWAN 50 MS 49.58 ft / 15.11 m 1976
SWAN 50-S&S 50.17 ft / 15.29 m 1971
SWAN 55-S&S-1970 54.63 ft / 16.65 m 1970
SWAN 57 S&S 57.41 ft / 17.50 m 1977
SWAN 57 S&S CB 57.41 ft / 17.50 m 1977
SWAN 57 S&S KETCH 57.41 ft / 17.50 m 1977
SWAN 65-S&S 65.09 ft / 19.84 m 1972
SWAN 76 76.31 ft / 23.26 m 1979
SWAN 76 DH 76.31 ft / 23.26 m 1979

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