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
ALC 40 (LE COMTE) 39.53 ft / 12.05 m 1971
ALPA 12.70 41.50 ft / 12.65 m 1969
ALPA 21 21.25 ft / 6.48 m 1976
ALPA 36 MS 36.82 ft / 11.22 m 1972
ALPA 38 37.28 ft / 11.36 m 1976
ALPA 42 39.37 ft / 12.00 m 1973
ALPA 7.4 24.28 ft / 7.40 m 1974
ALPA A27 26.82 ft / 8.17 m 1975
ALPA A34 33.17 ft / 10.11 m 1977
ANTILLA 36 34.85 ft / 10.62 m 1974
APACHE 37 (CHRIS-CRAFT) 37.00 ft / 11.28 m 1966
AQUA 30 29.86 ft / 9.10 m 1972
AQUARIUS 40 (S&S) 39.83 ft / 12.14 m 1974
ARROW (S&S) 21.70 ft / 6.61 m 1937
AURA A35 35.50 ft / 10.82 m 1975
AVANCE 40 40.00 ft / 12.19 m 1982
BALTIC 52 52.49 ft / 16.00 m 1990
BALTIC 58 58.50 ft / 17.83 m 1992
BALTIC 64 64.18 ft / 19.56 m 1988
BIANCA 36 34.51 ft / 10.52 m 1982
BISCAYNE 27 27.33 ft / 8.33 m 1962
BLUE JAY 13.50 ft / 4.11 m 1947
CAPE COD MERCURY 15 CB 15.00 ft / 4.57 m 1940
CAPE COD MERCURY 15 FK 15.00 ft / 4.57 m 1940
CAPITAN 26 (CHRIS-CRAFT) 26.25 ft / 8.00 m 1965


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