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
SWIFT 40 39.12 ft / 11.92 m 1979
TARTAN 10 33.14 ft / 10.10 m 1978
TARTAN 27 27.00 ft / 8.23 m 1961
TARTAN 27-2 27.00 ft / 8.23 m 1976
TARTAN 28 28.25 ft / 8.61 m 1984
TARTAN 30 29.92 ft / 9.12 m 1970
TARTAN 3000 29.96 ft / 9.13 m 1981
TARTAN 33 33.67 ft / 10.26 m 1979
TARTAN 33 R 33.67 ft / 10.26 m 1979
TARTAN 34 C 34.42 ft / 10.49 m 1968
TARTAN 34-2 34.42 ft / 10.49 m 1984
TARTAN 37 (S&S) 37.29 ft / 11.37 m 1976
TARTAN 38 37.29 ft / 11.37 m 1976
TARTAN 40 40.25 ft / 12.27 m 1984
TARTAN 40 OFFSHORE 40.00 ft / 12.19 m 1976
TARTAN 41 40.63 ft / 12.38 m 1972
TARTAN 412 40.63 ft / 12.38 m 1989
TARTAN 42 42.00 ft / 12.80 m 1980
TARTAN 43 43.00 ft / 13.11 m 1973
TARTAN 44 43.11 ft / 13.14 m 1974
TARTAN 46 46.67 ft / 14.23 m 1972
TARTAN 48 48.00 ft / 14.63 m 1972
TARTAN TOCK 40 41.33 ft / 12.60 m 1976
VELAMAR 33 32.55 ft / 9.92 m 1979
WALSTEAD 42 41.90 ft / 12.77 m 1982


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