Classic Yacht Racing in Newport

As advised today the Newport Classics will take place this year on the weekend before Labor Day which means September 4-5th. This means that the challenge for the S&S Mitch Gibbons Neff Memorial Cup is open.

Classic Racing in the Argentario and Naples 2021

As notified this afternoon classic racing in these two locations [the Argentario and Naples] has been cancelled for 2021 due to COVID.

Sadly this means that for the second year running there will be no competition among S&S designs for the S&S Olin Stephens Memorial Cup

2021 Racing in the Mediterranean

This is the provisional racing calendar for classic yachts in the Med for 2021 subject to COVID as briadcast by AIVE.

The 2021 Classic Yacht Regatta Calendar

Ligurian and Tyrrhenian Seas
24-25 April      Settimana Velica Internazionale – Livorno (1st event valid for the Trofeo Artiglio)
8-9 May     XXV Trofeo Challenge “Ammiraglio G. Francese” – Viareggio (LU) (2nd event Trofeo Artiglio)
15-16 May     Regata dei Tre Golfi – Naples
5-6 June    III Le Vele d’Epoca nel Golfo – La Spezia (3rd event Trofeo Artiglio)
11-13 June    Regata della Capraia (with starts from different ports) 
15 June        Tirrenica Classic Regatta (Civitavecchia – Porto Santo Stefano) 
16-20 June    XXI Argentario Sailing Week - Porto Santo Stefano (GR) (4th event Trofeo Artiglio)
25-27 June    XVIII Grandi Vele a Gaeta – Gaeta (LT)
2-4 July        XVII Le Vele d’Epoca a Napoli - Naples
2-5 September    XXII Vele d’Epoca di Imperia - Imperia
18-19 Sept.    XXXIII Trofeo Mariperman “IX Trofeo CSSN-ADSP”– La Spezia (5th event Trofeo Artiglio)
14-17 October    XVI Vele Storiche Viareggio – Viareggio (LU) (6th event Trofeo Artiglio)

Adriatic Sea

5-6 June                               V Portopiccolo Classic – Sistiana (TS)

25-27 June                          VIII Trofeo Principato di Monaco – Venice

11-12 September            V International Hannibal Classic – Monfalcone (GO)

2-3 October                        XXIV Trofeo “Città di Trieste” – Trieste

9 October                            XV Barcolana Classic - Trieste

International regattas for classic and vintage yachts

1-2 May                                               IX Les Dames de Saint-Tropez (Saint-Tropez) - France

1-9 May                                               XVII Palmavela (Palma di Maiorca) - Spain

14-16 May                                          XII Calanques Classique (Marsiglia) – France

21-23 May                                          Les Voiles des Cassis (Cassis) – France

25-29 May                                           II Régates Napoléon (Ajaccio) - Corsica

2-6 June                                               XXVI Les Voiles d’Antibes (Antibes) – France

7-9 June                                               Coupe de Printemps du YCF (Antibes - St. Raphael-Porquerolles) - France

10-13 June                                          XVIII Porquerolles Classique (Isole Porquerolles) – France

14-17 June                                          Coupe de Printemps du YCF (Porquerolles-Sanary-Marseille) - France

18-20 June                                          XVIII Les Voiles du Vieux-Port (Marsiglia) - France

24-27 June                                          XI Spetses Classic Yacht Regatta (Isola di Spetses) - Greece

24 June – 10 July                              XX Trofeo Bailli de Suffren (St. Tropez – Bonifacio – Trapani – Gozo - Malta)

14-17 July                                            XIII Puig Vela Clàssica (Barcellona) - Spain

11-14 August                                     XXVI Regata Illes Balears Classic (Palma di Maiorca) - Spain                           

25-29 August                                     XVII Copa del Rey Vela Clásica Menorca (Mahón) – Spain

23-31 August                                     XII Corsica Classic (Bonifacio – St. Florent) – Corsica

8-12 September                               XV Monaco Classic Week (Montecarlo)

21-25 September                            XLII Régates Royales (Cannes) – France

26 September                                   Coupe d'Automne du Yacht Club de France (Cannes - St. Tropez)


27 September – 2 October           XXIII Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez (Saint Tropez) - France  

The 2021 Castine Classics Regatta

On August 5th, an impressive fleet of classic yachts will race a 19.6nm course from Castine to Camden, followed by the Camden to Brooklin race on Friday, August 6, and the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta on Saturday, August 7.

On August 4th, the Castine Yacht Club will host a cocktail reception from 17:30 to 19:00 hrs.

For Race Notice, Registration, other information, please refer to the website,

Several S&S designs usually compete in this regatta including NY32s.


Rolex Fastnet Race approaches its 50th edition in 2023 and the 100th anniversary of the Royal Ocean Racing Club

I recommend this excellent article in Sail-World about classic yachts entering the Fastnet. Many of them will be known to you particularly our very own Jarry Heijst and Winsome. Also mentioned are Swans, S&S 34 and Refanut. It is a really interesting read and one crew don dinner jackets for the rounding of the Rock!

See here:


The Mitch Gibbons Neff and the Olin Stephens Memorial Trophies

Alas owing to Covid no S&S yachts participated in the newport Classics in 2020 and thus the Cup could not be awarded in memory of mitch Gibbons Neff.

Equally on the mediterranean circuit racing under the AIVE rules was curtailed and consequently the S&S Olin Stephens memorial Cup was not awarded.

it is fervently hoped that matter will have improved in 2021 and that racing may resume.


2021 Classic Channel Regatta

'The most beautiful regatta in the world', so wrote one French competitor.

50 boats have already pre-registered. Two French naval college ships are participating.

You may register here:

To visit the main page and photos go here:

A short video of a training ship passing through the lock at Paimpol here:




Hello Patrick

Something really exciting for next year – a race (or you can cruise-in-company) starting in Dartmouth and racing to Santander in Spain before continuing to the final finish at La Rochelle.


The race from Dartmouth to Santander will be in two stages. The first will finish near Camaret where the race will join the Brest Festival’s spectacular parade-of-sail to Douarnenez Festival. After a brief stopover the second leg will continue to Santander where there will be about 4 days before the start of the second race to La Rochelle, finishing there on the 27th.

The Celtique Classique is being run by the Yacht Club Classique based in La Rochelle. French and Spanish hospitality is assured



The Olin Stephens S&S Association Memorial Cup Award 2019


In 2019 the Cup was awarded to Ojala II.

Ojala II K 4702 Sparkman & Stephens 1973 Builder: Royal Huisman, aluminium is a One Ton Cupper design which is very actively raced by her owners . For full information on her racing record see 

 and for information on her design see 

AIVE writes the following explanation in italics:

"The Cup is assigned according to the 'Notice of Race', that was meant to favour excellence in results more than consistency in participation to all regattas.

As far as I remember, you should have been receiving (and approving) the Notice of Race (in english) somewhere in April-May 2018 directly from AIVE’s secretariat.

 The ranking system, based on minimal points, is the sum of three best placement obtained by each single S&S yacht during the whole season in Italy, with a minimum of three events to be considered for qualifying. In order to avoid discrepancy between events in which there were two, three or four races, from each event the two best results obtained in each single race where selected. E.g.: Ojalà II at Argentario won two races, was second in one and fourth in another. For the purpose of the Cup the two wins were selected, i.e. 2 points.

Boats participating in less than three events where not eligible for ranking." 

I attach below a spreadsheet in PDF format with:

Page 1: list of all S&S that have been participating to one or more events

Page 2: the top seven boats who where present in three or more events and therefore where classified. This is the final ranking 2019.

Page 3: detail of events in which qualified yachts participated obtaining their best results.

 The winner is Ojalà II with 6 fist places in the best three events, i.e. 6 points.

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Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race December 2019

History is to be made in the historic 75th Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race 2019. This epic event that starts on Boxing Day in Sydney Harbour. It is well known in the yacht racing world as a really tough event where huge seas and strong winds are often a feature and where completing the race is a real achievement. It comprises six hundred miles of offshore racing across the Bass Straits to Hobart in Tasmania an Island off the South Coast of Australia. Global Yacht Racing have all their yachts available for this epic challenge. We offer a full race package that ensures crew train together and have the minimum experience requirement of 500 nautical miles of RORC offshore racing, on the boat entered into the race. This results in our teams being not only ready to tackle this unique event but also able to be competitive in their class. 

Mike Strong writes that Landfall has been invited to join in the sail past and that in 2020 he might participate just one more time in the Sydney/Hobart. By then Landfall will be in her 85th year! 

17th December to 23rd December – Race Training

24th & 25th December – Lay days

26th December – Race start

ETA: Hobart 29th/30th December




Results of the Newport Classic Yacht Regatta 2019 Mitch Gibbons Neff S&S Cup

The 40th Regatta was held Aug.31 - Sept. 01 2019. All handicap yachts raced under the 2019 CHRF Mk II racing rule.

The 40th Annual Newport Classic Yacht Regatta presented by IYRS (NCYR) is part of the Classic Yacht Owners Association Classic Yacht Series which also includes The Nantucket Regatta (Nantucket, MA), The Nantucket Opera House Cup Regatta (Nantucket, MA), The Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta (Marblehead, MA), and The Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta (Bristol, RI). See  The Regatta was once again hosted by IYRS with racing in Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound. The organising authority was the Ida Lewis Yacht Club. 38 boats took part.

Six S&S designs participated: Black Watch, Dorade, Sonny, and Odyssey. all large yachts over 50 feet, the NY32 Salty and Courageous a 48 foot custom racing day sailor. The cup was won yet again by Dorade owned by Matt Brooks . She came first in the first race and second in Race 2 beating Sonny by one minute and 20 seconds. For a brief resume of results click on the PDF symbol below.





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Olin Stephens Cup - Mediterranean Circuit 2019

The Italian Classic Yacht Association [AIVE} held an exhibition this summer entitled “Les bateaux conçus par Olin Stephens battant le guidon de l’A.I.V.E.” that is of yachts designed by Olin Stephens which were members of the Italian Association.

Cowes Classic Week

Cowes Classics 27 Juy to 02 August 

Schedule of Classic Racing 2019

Round the Island Race 29 June

Rolex Fastnet UPCOMING


  • Fastnet Race 2019
    August 3, 2019 - August 8, 2019
    6:00 am - 5:00 pm

Rolex Fastnet race 2017



About the event:

Since it began in 1925, the Rolex Fastnet Race has grown to become one of ocean racing’s greatest events and along with the Rolex Sydney to Hobart and the Rolex Middle Sea Race is one of the top three offshore races in the world.

The Rolex Fastnet Race takes competitors across 600+ Miles and up to five days battling the wind and tricky tidal conditions to round the Fastnet Rock on the Southern tip of Ireland. Three hundred yachts take part in the bi-annual Fastnet Yacht Race. Fastnet competitors head west down the Solent and out through the Needles, past the major south coast headlands, Anvil Point, Portland Bill, Start Point, and Lands End before rounding the famous Fastnet rock and returning via the Scilly Isles before finishing at Plymouth.

Update on the S&S Association Challenge and the Gold Coast race

For a recent update on the Challenge Cup and also the win by Azurra in the Australian Gold Coast Race go here:

 Azzurro was raced with extreme success in the mid 80s and early 90s by Ron White and his family out of Sandringham Yacht Club, when the boat was called Shenandoah 11.

Among their numerous successes was a divisional win in the 1994 S2HYR with a faster finishing time that the winners of the two divisions above them.
Veteran Sydney based sailor, Shane Kearns came across her in Queensland in early 2014, unearthing a jewel in an idle and sadly unloved state. To say she had seen better days was an understatement.

However, Kearns was unable to dismiss the classic and evocative Olin Stephens lines, bought the boat on his credit card for $23K and kicked off a major resurrection project, restoring pride and respect to this feisty little S&S 34. Add a great crew from the late John Walkers Petersen 34 Impeccable and this boat was ready to go hard!

With the restoration still underway the day before the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, she made a spectacular debut finishing 3rd in her division and setting a new S&S 34 race record of under four days for the race. 
In July 2015, Azzurro continued to improve by winning the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race in both IRC and ORCI overall.

Azzurro had a great race in the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race finishing 3rd overall in IRC and winning both ORCI overall and the Corinthian division. In 2016, now sponsored by multinational mining machinery company KOMATSU Australia, Komatsu Azzurro won both her IRC and ORCI divisions in the slowest Sydney Gold Coast yacht race in memory.

Azzurro had a great race in Perpetual Loyals record breaking 2016 S2HYR, finishing 13th overall IRC and 6th overall ORCI, 3rd Corinthian division, as well as 2nd in her IRC division and 1st in her ORCI division. 
Azzurro completed the 628 mile course in 3 days 15 hours, beating several much bigger boats across the finish line and again lowering the S&S 34 race time to Hobart.

In her first race of 2017, Komatsu Azzurro again won the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race placing 1st in both IRC and ORCI overall. With a recent long stint overseas racing in the PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race and the Groupama Race the team is eager to get back and defend their title.



Delta 9.4 Blog on restoration

See the wonderful blog of Sanity, a Delta 94 which was bought by Daniel & Ellie in 2017. Their blog is a loving story of refurbishment, cruising and companionship.


Designer Series in Newport 2019 - Sparkman & Stephens

Designer Series Rendez-vous in Newport will take place June 27-30th 2019 honouring S&S.
and based at Ft. Adams June 27 to 30, 2019 where dockage will be available at Sail Newport. This event will feature a wide variety of Sparkman & Stephens designed boats and will provide opportunities for not just boat owners, but for all those interested in the legacy of Sparkman & Stephens yacht designs.
Activities will include social events honoring the history of Sparkman & Stephens, live entertainment, racing and awards and will culminate with a boat parade through Newport Harbor on Sunday the 30th.


Winner of the S&S Association Challenge Cup 2019 - Australia

Winner of the Challenge Cup

Komatsu Azzurro
Skippered by Shane Kearns

On Saturday 28 July 2018 the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia started the 33rd Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, an event that is second only in status to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race among long ocean races conducted by the Club.

The 384 nautical mile race has attracted fleets of between 70 and 80 yachts each year, with entries coming mainly from New South Wales and Queensland, but also from Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and New Zealand, and Shane Kearns was once again amongst the challengers in Komatsu Azzurro, a SS 34. 

In 2018 Komatsu Azzurro managed a class win in the Grupama Yacht Race and in the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2018 Komatsu Azzurro managed class win IRC div 4, class win ORCI div 3 and overall win in ORCI.

Shane Kearns with Komatsu Azzurro is a worthy winner of the S&S Association Global Regatta and the Challenge Cup will be presented at the S&S Association AGM in Finland 14 – 16 June 2019.

About Azzurro
Azzurro was raced with extreme success in the mid 80s and early 90s by Ron White and his family out of Sandringham Yacht Club, when the boat was called Shenandoah 11.
Among their numerous successes was a divisional win in the 1994 S2HYR with a faster finishing time that the winners of the two divisions above them.
Veteran Sydney based sailor, Shane Kearns came across her in Queensland in early 2014, unearthing a jewel in an idle and sadly unloved state. To say she had seen better days was an understatement.
However, Kearns was unable to dismiss the classic and evocative Olin Stephens lines, bought the boat on his credit card for $23K and kicked off a major resurrection project, restoring pride and respect to this feisty little S&S 34. Add a great crew from the late John Walkers Petersen 34 Impeccable and this boat was ready to go hard!
With the restoration still underway the day before the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, she made a spectacular debut finishing 3rd in her division and setting a new S&S 34 race record of under four days for the race.
In July 2015, Azzurro continued to improve by winning the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race in both IRC and ORCI overall.
Azzurro had a great race in the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race finishing 3rd overall in IRC and winning both ORCI overall and the Corinthian division. In 2016, now sponsored by multinational mining machinery company KOMATSU Australia, Komatsu Azzurro won both her IRC and ORCI divisions in the slowest Sydney Gold Coast yacht race in memory.
Azzurro had a great race in Perpetual Loyals record breaking 2016 S2HYR, finishing 13th overall IRC and 6th overall ORCI, 3rd Corinthian division, as well as 2nd in her IRC division and 1st in her ORCI division.
Azzurro completed the 628 mile course in 3 days 15 hours, beating several much bigger boats across the finish line and again lowering the S&S 34 race time to Hobart.
In her first race of 2017, Komatsu Azzurro again won the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race placing 1st in both IRC and ORCI overall. With a recent long stint overseas racing in the PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race and the Groupama Race the team is eager to get back and defend their title.

Castine Classic Race, Maine 2019

On August 1 a fleet of over 40 classic yachts will race a 19.6 nm course from Castine to Camden, followed by the Camden to Brooklin Race on August 2 and the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta on August 3.

For Race Notice, Registration and other information, please refer to our website,

Prior to the race there will be a rendez-vous celebrating Nathanael G. Herreshoff.

On July 31 noted examples of Herreshoff craft will be on exhibition at the Castine, Maine, town dock, followed by a Symposium at the Maine Maritime Academy with a panel of distinguished Herreshoff experts and sailors, chaired by Bill Lynn, Executive Director of the Herreshoff Marine Museum/America’s Cup Hall of Fame.  The Castine Yacht Club will host a reception following the symposium.  

We will welcome at the exhibition—and discuss at the Symposium—some of the smaller Herreshoff classes, such as BB 25s, BB 15s, Herreshoff 12 1/2s and Herreshoff Coquinas.  Please notify the Committee below if you plan to have such a boat in Castine.  

Advance Notice of the Association AGM for 2019

The 2019 AGM and dinner will take place in Finland at Helsinki between June 14-16.


For more information please see the attached PDF and make a note to reserve your place.

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NY 32 Apache

Apache is NY32 hull #2. She has been in the Gmeiner family for 70 years and is in original condition.

She has just changed hands. Her history may be viewed on this video: 

She was the subject of an article here 


39th Annual Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta

Siren [NY32] Wins The Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta!

See the PDF

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The S&S Mitch Gibbons Neff Memorial Cup 2018

As in each past year the competition takes place at The Newport Classic Race regatta. S&S designs competing this year were Black Watch, Columbia, Courageous, Dorade, Fidelio, Mah Jong, Salty, Siren, Sonny and Valiant.


For the specialty/perpetual regatta awards; Sonny was the winner of the Sparkman & Stephens Designer Award and the Mitch Gibbons Neff Cup. Black Watch won the Atlantic Trophy, for the best overall elapsed time by a classic yacht. Columbia won the Candy Cup, for the 12 Meter with the best record in the fleet. Mah Jong won the Tom Benson restoration award, for the best restoration done within the past two years.



Siren won both the overall Vintage Corinthian Classic Class and the overall 39th Annual Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta. In addition, the winners of the North American Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge also went to the New York 32 Siren in the Vintage Division and the 12 Metre Columbia in the Grand Prix Division.



2019 Classic Boat Channel Regatta

ext year’s Classic Channel Regatta will run in the week of Saturday June 29th to Saturday July 6th. This is a little earlier than usual as this is the week when the tide times and heights are right for the lock into Paimpol.


The format will be much the same as in recent years and all the information on the 2019 regatta is at our great new website which we have just launched. Do take a look at

Sparkman & Stephens Inc. changes ownership yet again

A rumour that your webmaster heard three weeks ago has been confirmed today by Sparkman & Stephens themselves. The veteran firm has been sold once again and this time to Donald Tofias who is a well known millionaire in yachting circles. A former commercial real estate mogul who grew up in suburban Boston, sailing from a young age and spending summers on Cape Cod. In 1989, he restored Concordia yawl hull number 29, and then the 1931, 50 ft. (15.24m) W. Starling Burgess cutter Arawak (formerly Christmas), but his great achievement has been the W-Class, a range of Spirit of Tradition yachts and dayboats that, since its inception 19 years ago, has been crewed almost entirely by young people. In fact with the original two W class yacht builtin Maine he is one of the key instigators of the Spirit of Tradition yacht revival and the instigator of the class in Antigua c.1999.[For a cameo on Tofias see]. Since that date Tofias has built a number of yacht and it is to be hoped he may commission some more from the revitalised board of S & S.

S & S states :

Donald Tofias said, \"we intend to preserve the history of Sparkman & Stephens, while at the same time building and expanding on its great tradition in yacht design and brokerage.\"
The company will be headquartered in Newport, RI. Mr. Tofias is often quoted as saying, \"Newport is the yachting capital of the world.\"

Memories of the 2018 AGM and dinner in Norway

Attached you will find a well illustrated PDF describing the events in May in Norway and showing just how much fun we all had there.

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Albrecht [Ali] Peters

The sad news reached us that we lost one of our most enthusiastic S&S Association members: Albrecht Peters or better known to us as Ali. He died Sunday night 3rd June, 2018 in his apartment in Hamburg.


Ali and Erica restored and sailed their beloved “Sascha” in many regattas and were planning again to do the 2019 Transatlantic race organized by the NY Yacht Club. We will miss him not only as an enthusiastic member and an excellent sailor, but for many of us, as a dear friend.


NYYC Annual Regatta Friday, June 8th Sunday, June 10th, 2018

The New York Yacht Club’s Annual Regatta will be held in Newport, RI. The regatta racing takes place over three days and includes the Around-the-Island Race on Friday, June 8th. IRC, ORC, PHRF, One-Designs, Metre classes, S-Class, Multihulls and Classics.

The Sparkman & Stephens Association Mitch Gibbons Neff Memorial Cup will be presented to the S&S design that performs best in this series.

North America\'s oldest annual regatta will feature three great days of racing including the separately scored Around-the-Island Race on Friday, June 8, two awards parties and one fabulous regatta dinner on Saturday night. Competition will take place in IRC, ORC, ORR, PHRF and one-design classes, as well as for classic yachts and multihulls. The event will serve as the first leg of the Onion Patch Series, which will include the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club\'s Anniversary Regatta. 

The New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta was first run on July 17, 1845, on the Hudson River. Nine yachts started the 40-mile race with the 45-ton Cygnet winning with an elapsed time of 5 hour and 26 minutes. The race was run in or near New York City until 1988 when the purchase of Harbour Court in Newport, R.I., gave the Club a waterfront clubhouse from which to run all its regattas. The current format, featuring a round-the-island race on Friday and two days of buoy or navigator-course racing has been in place for more than a decade. Of special note this year is the return of the Maxi72 class, which last competed in the Annual Regatta in 2016.

For full information see here:



NY 32s Racing on their 73rd Anniversary

Fifteen hulld from this design class originally of 20 plus now one new example will be racing over 5 dats July15-20 2019

on Narraganessat Bay. For full preliminaray information see here:


S&S Association Olin Stephens Centennial Cup Challenge

AIVE (The Italian Classic Yacht Association) have just announced that the series will be reinstated this year.

The Challenge Cup will be won by the S&S design racing in Italan waters in a best of three races series with the winner accumulating the highest number of points. Eligable yachts are those conforming to articles 2 and 3 of the

 Regolamento per la stazza e per le regate degli yachts depoca e classici 2018-2021 emanato dal Comitato Internazionale del Mediterraneo (C.I.M.).



Castine [Maine] Classic Yacht Race 2018

For the nineteenth annual Castine Classic Yacht Race to Camden on 2 August 2018, kicking off three days of spectacular racing on Penobscot Bay. For Race Notice, Registration and other information, please refer to our website,


On 1 August we will honor some of the world-class sailboat builders from our home waters, including Brooklin Boat Yard, Rockport Marine, Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, Artisan Boatworks, Gannon and Benjamin, and French & Webb, at an exhibition at the Town Dock and a symposium at Maine Maritime Academy. The symposium will be chaired by Gary Jobson.


Your registration for this race may now be completed on this website. If you prefer to register by mail, complete the attached registration form.  Please return your entry as soon as possible. Please note that for 2018 all yachts need a new CRF rating, which may be obtained online at

The Sparkman & Stephens Association Global Regatta

Regattas taking place in 2017 were eligable for the award of the Challenge Cup at the 2018 AGM in Norway in May.

For the third time the cup was won by Marionette [USA], a Dolphin 24 skippered by Ron Breault. She previously won best place in 2011 and 2016 and is perhaps the smallest boat to have won. There were seven entries this time with competitors from Finland, Germany and the USA.

Please view the attached PDF

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90th Anniversary for Sparkman & Stephens Inc

Save the date! June 27-30, 2019

Two weeks before the NY 32 series Designer Series.Org are holding an event in Newport to celebrate Sparkman & Stephens. 

 \'The Designer Rendezvous aims to bring together yacht owners, enthusiasts, and former colleagues for a unique experience each year to honor one designer. \'A portion of revenues goes to our mentoring scholarship to help cultivate the designers of tomorrow.\'

All S&S owners are invited to attend. For further information check this website:

In 2017 the event was held to honour Ted Hood.


NY32s Racing at NYYC

July 15th – 20th, 2019

It has been nearly 70 years since the Sparkman & Stephens designed New York 32 One Design has raced as a class in a New York Yacht Club event. Originally built as a fleet of 20 by Nevins in City Island, the class spent more than a decade as a mainstay of the NYYC racing fleet until the boats spread to the Midwest and Europe. Now, as the New York Yacht Club celebrates the 175thanniversary of their founding, the NY32 class has once again been invited to participate in a celebratory regatta at their on-the-water-clubhouse in Newport.

Of the 20 original hulls, there are still more than 15 on the water, and already 7 boats have expressed interest in participating in this event. With only 8 boats needed to constitute a separate start, and multiple NY32s currently listed for sale or available to restore back to their original glory, the prospect of a double-digit fleet is not too farfetched. The NY32 already enjoys close racing with 4 or 5 boats regularly participating in the large and vibrant classics racing scene in Maine, but this has potential to be a once in a lifetime event for classics lovers, S&S enthusiasts, and competitive racers.

The current plan for the regatta is 5 days of racing on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound, with lively social events and celebrations in Newport and you can get a taste for the action in this video. More information will be available in the future, but for now the Notice of Race is linked below and you can contact the NY32 Class via the form on this page.



Castine Classic, Maine, 1-2 August 2018

The nineteenth annual Castine Classic Yacht Race to Camden on 2 August 2018, kicking off three days of spectacular racing on Penobscot Bay. For Race Notice, Registration, pictorial History and other information, please refer to our website at

On 1 August we will honor some of the world-class sailboat builders from our home waters, including Brooklin Boat Yard, Rockport Marine, Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, Artisan Boatworks and French & Webb, at an exhibition at the Town Dock and a symposium at Marine Maritime Academy. The symposium will be chaired by Gary Jobson.

Your registration for this race may now be completed on our website. If you prefer to register by mail, download a registration form. Please return your entry as soon as possible.



Western Approaches - English Channel

Dartmouth Classics Weekend – Friday July 6 - Monday July 9.

In this non-Classic Channel Regatta year, this standalone weekend regatta is being organised by the Royal Dart Yacht Club. For more information and details of how to enter visit the RDYC website


Falmouth Classics – Friday June 22 – Sunday June 24.


Two hundred and twelve boats entered this ever popular Cornish regatta last year. Full information is at


2018 English Channel Classic Racing

The Plymouth – La Rochelle Revival Race – July 14 – 20.

This companion event to the Classic Channel Regatta is run biennially by the Yacht Club Classique based in La Rochelle in the alternate years to Classic Channel Regatta. It’s a great opportunity for classics to get into their stride in a proper offshore race, and this year the stop-over port on the way to La Rochelle will be Port Louis in the Rade de Lorient.

Every 2 years, this great race revived by Yacht Club Classique, brings together an exceptional fleet of classic yachts to race across the Channel and along the Atlantic coast of France. The first race in 2012 was a great success with 18 boats entered, and that success has continued with the 2014 and 2016 editions with 45 boats entered in the last race.
The start of the 4th edition will be on July 14, 2018 in Plymouth. One of the innovations for the 2018 race is the stopover which will be in Port Louis in the beautiful Rade de Lorient. Everything is planned to make this race unforgettable: an interesting offshore course allowing multiple options, a festive time in Port Louis as part of the celebration of the 400 years of its foundation and, of course ... many social events.

Twenty nine boats (including only five Brits so far – come on guys!) are already pre-registered for the race, which leaves just eleven places still available. So, if you don’t want to miss the boat, do pre-register without delay at

Sydney-Hobart race 2017

The race in 2016 had what many considered to be freak conditions of fair weather but this was surpassed in 2017 with a reaching race akin to the Transpac and with few problems caused by currents. In consequence it was a race that favoured the more extreme modern designs. Light winds on a close reach and a swell of only one metre a far cry from the usual extreme conditions encountered. Last year\'s line honours, already exceptional were beaten by a further 4 hours. The 73rd Rolex Sydney Hobart will be remembered primarily for a record breaking run by LDV Comanche and the overall win by one of the sport’s great stalwarts – Matt Allen, owner of Ichi Ban. It will also stay in the memory for the epic downwind conditions experienced on the second and third days, which enabled the planning boats to demonstrate their prowess. Comanche is a 100 Super Maxi.


The two big S&S classic boats in the Race could not compete under these conditions. Kialoa 23m aluminium crossed the line 68th but 23rd Corinthina placing whereas Dorade crossed 77th. There were two more S&S designs: Eve, a Swan 65 crossed 66th and second in the Corinthian category whereas the little S&S34 Komatsu Azurro crossed 92nd.

This small crew of six have notched up over 100 Hobarts. In last year’s race, they sailed Komatsu Azzurro, ‘the ‘little boat that could’, to 13th overall for second in Division 4; won ORCi Division 4 and was  third in the Corinthian Division in downhill conditions not suited to the S&S 34. The year before, almost snatched Sydney Hobart victory from Balance, but lack of breeze on rounding Tasman Island pushed them back to third overall (just six minutes shy of second place), second in Division 4, first in ORCi and Corinthian divisions. Kearns’ first Hobart with her was 2014, with a 33rd overall finish. Retired from the Cabbage Tree Island Race in November after a dust up off the start with the sizeable Eve left her with badly bent stanchions.

They won the 2015 and 2017 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast races and won Division 4 in 2016. This little miracle rocket, formerly known as Shenandoah II, was found by Kearns near sinking in 2014. Buying her cheaply on his credit card, restored her, adding a Code Zero and a new staysail. The boat was built for Ron White, a past SYC commodore who won Division H of the 50th Hobart (boat was renamed Commonwealth Bank Shenandoah II), with a faster finishing time than the winners of Divisions F and G.

The S&S34 is indeed a timeless design.

For an image of Comanche the winner, a really extreme design [!] see the attached PDF.


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A Free S&S Classic Grp boat - YES REALLY!

Would you like to  be the owner of a Hughs Northstar 500 GRP S&S classic for free? Well Here is your chance. Kenandthegang are offering a boat lying in Alabama [Fly Creek, right next door to Fly Creek marina in Fairhope Alabama, which is on Mobile bay] for free to a loving new owner. He has owned this boat for many many years and wants her to go to a passionate, caring new owner so what better than a member of the Sparkman & Stephens Association?

The boat is a racy 1/4 tonner built in canada between i believe 1974 and 1976. Details may be found here as well as in the PDF attached below. The blogspot has some owners\'s comments on their boats which they seem delighted with hanging onto them for a long time.

LOA 25\'   LWL 19\' and Beam 9\' Draft 5\' Displacement 4500lbs Sail Area 289 sq.ft  Design 2135

As you can see she is a roomy little vessel. The Model was also known as the Blue Bird 25 and was quite cutting edge at the time.

There is an article about a boat that sailed from Canada through the Caribbean here:

Boats in decent condition go for $7500 to $10,000

The owner writes: The boat does have good sails, no furling jib but a 150% genoa jib, 100%  jib, very stout 35% storm jib, hige asymmetrical jib, light wind spinnacker with pole and gear, and good main.


Most of the electronics are out of date.

The inverter took a lightning hit and no longer works.

The wind generator works but is not mounted on the pole due to hurricsnes. The pole is oversized dia aluminum to prevent noise. 

The solar panel works. The house batteries are old and dont work.

The water maker worked great last time i used it several years ago, and i did pickle it.

The atomic four engine has a rusted out oil pan...45 years of sitting 1/4 from the bilge will do that.

The sail o mat wind vane works beautifly.

The simpson Lawrence tiger model manual anchor windless works.

All 5 lewmar winches work.

All running blocks and gear including the reefing gear work. There are four linden block snatch blocks and several more snatch blocks.

One halyard needs replacing.

The mainsheet tracks and car were replaced with ronstan ball bearing travelers long ago, it works well.

The rudder and tiller are fine. 

She has four or five anchors with rode, including two bruce anchors with chain, one smaller bruce in a bow roller, one big one with heavy chain below deck. One small ss danforth is mounted on the stern rail.

Some interior lights do not work...the same lightning that got the inverter. 


She is FREE folks. Applicant please get in touch with Patrick Matthiesen 



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The Association 2018 AGM in Norway

Here are some details concerning the AGM to be held in Norway in beautiful surroundings. You are encouraged to come.

Imagine a small, secluded island close to the coast of southern Norway. It is quiet and undisturbed in all its natural beauty, that is until we go there for the Sparkman & Stephens Association AGM 2018, 25 – 27 May. The island of Bragdøya offers plenty of space for us, the roomy Kystlagets og Bragdøyas Storstue (Big Room) offers ample space for getting together, several different accommodation types are available and free mooring is offered for those who bring their boats. The chartered ferry will secure easy access to and from the island all through the event (a short 10 minute ride) and there are several routes from your countries to Norway by air, train, automobile and ferry. This is everything we could want for an S&S event, jolly and entertaining as always when S&S members are together, with a twist - little formality, simple pleasures and high on experiences.

There is one \"but\"! Other people have discovered this island and all amenities including accommodation are allocated on a first come, first served basis. So for Aud & Jon-Martin, who have bravely offered to arrange the AGM 2018, it is paramount you enrol early. Actually, right now, so they can provide the island guardians with a reasonable estimate of our requirements! However, to thank you for doing this, you are not bound until 15 March 2018 when payment must be made. So please, go now to, check it out and enrol online, or click on the PDF here with all the information and a hard copy enrolment form for traditional surface mail.

Further details about the programme and practical details will follow later. Go on, you know you want to be there - go for it!

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Summer Classic yacht racing, Newport and the S&S Mitch Gibbons Neff Cup


Chuck Townsend’s Fidelio won the Sparkman & Stephens Association award and Mitch Gibbons Neff Cup this year. Other participating S&S boats were Courageous, Odyssey and Sonny. Fidelio is design 1188. 13 yachts were built to this design worldwide but mainly at Matthiessen & Paulsen in Germany in 1956. The plans were again used later for Aventura #1198 and derive closely from Finesterre #1054. Fidelio had her keel replaced by Joel White in 2000 and has featured in Yachts and Yachting and Sail magazines as her owner keeps her in meticulous condition.


    Vintage Corinthian Classics - Spinnaker
    1.     USA 50 Sonny S&S 54' Sloop J. Craig Venter 2 1 3.0
    2.     USA 18 Angelita 8 Metre Skelsey / Croll 3 2 5.0
    3.     351 Fidelio S&S 39 Charles Townsend 1 6 7.0
    4.     USA 711 Odyssey (spin) S&S 48 David Brodsky / Alfred Van Liew 5 3 8.0
    5.     61 Mah Jong Yawl Alex Goldhill 4 7 11.0
    6.   Other  USA 754 Westray Concordia Yawl Juan Corradi 6 5 11.0
    7.     Q 7 Falcon Q Class Gerald Rainer 8 4 12.0
    8.     USA 604 Crocodile Concordia 39 Haskell Crocker 7 8 15.0



Summer Racing Results on the US East Coast

Sail Martha’s Vineyard Regatta

July 13 – 15, 2017

SANTANA and MAH JONG, fresh from stunning refits, mixed it up with seasoned classics SONNY and GENTIAN. Over the three days of competition S&S Designs proved stalwart and speedy through the extremely variable weather which saw waterspouts, gusty conditions, and even multiple dismastings!! When all was said and done, the omnipresent Wendy Schmidt came away victorious in SANTANA, and SONNY and GENTIAN filled out the podium.


Camden Classics Cup

July 27-29, 2017

S&S designs fared well at the Camden Classics Cup at the end of July. MERMAID placed 1st in the Classic Division, while ORIOLE placed 2nd the the Spirit of Tradition Division.


Eggemoggin Reach Regatta & Feeder Races

August 3-5, 2017

The Eggemoggin Reach Regatta was the culmination of the Maine Wooden Boat Series. The overall winner for the series was SIREN who out performed all of her S&S sisters over three events.  Sailing on a characteristically foggy Saturday, the 2017 ERR boasted tight competition between over 100 boats of all designs and styles, and was capped off by a warm celebration at the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, ME.

Nantucket Race Week & Opera House Cup

August 12 – 20, 2017

Nantucket Race Week was a barn burner for Sparkman & Stephens teams, with classic and modern designs showing their speed over 3 days of tight racing in Nantucket Sound. First up were two days of Windward Leeward racing in fresh to frightening conditions which saw S&S teams on top of the podium with 4 races completed. 12 Metre COLUMBIA won the 12 Metre/Classics A fleet while NY32 SIREN continued her winning ways after sweeping the Maine classic regatta series to take the win in this event for Classics B, while SONNY and SANTANA rounded out the podium. Sailed by a crew of 3, but flying her spinnaker unperturbed in gusts of 25 on Friday and 20 on Saturday, ORIOLE missed first in the PHRF class by 2 seconds in a winner-take-all match with her rival in the last race of the regatta.
Showing fine form going into the “big dance” for the Opera House Cup, S&S teams once again showed that they are the ones to beat. 12 Metre VALIANT was the big winner here, winning the Day Racers division of the Opera House Cup while other S&S designs BRILLIANT and SIREN showed the way home in the schooner and vintage Corinthian divisions.
Recognizing his hard work in winning his class in the Opera House Cup, Peter Cassidy and SIREN won the Overall Panerai Performance Award, while 12M COLUMBIA took home the newly inaugurated S&S Performance Award for the best combined overall performance by an S&S design over Nantucket Race Week and The Opera House Cup.

Panerai Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta & Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta

August 25-26, 2017

S&S designs were rewarded for a season of tight sailing capped off on Narragansett Bay  in the 38th Annual Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta. Overall winners of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Official North American Challenge were SONNY (recently sold by the S&S brokerage team) who placed first in the Vintage Division, while the 12 Metre VALIANT took first place in the Grand Prix Division.


Report of the 2017 Association AGM and Meeting, Lymington

In the attached PDF you may read about the successful events of the 2017 AGM and Meeting in Lymington, UK earlier this summer.

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Announcing the 2018 S&S Association AGM

Information to all members of S&S about

The next AGM – 2018

Destination: on Bragdøya, a small island outside of Kristiansand in the southern part of Norway

Time: from Friday 25. May till Sunday 27. May

Accommodation: we think everyone may be able to stay on the island in houses/tents or in boats

More information later.


Contact Jon-Martin Faale ( and Aud Aasland (



This should be a wonderful and enjoyable event 

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An Epitaph for the S&S NY32 Sirius hull no. 19

In May last year I reported the tragic loss of two lives aboard the NY32 Sirius while transiting on April 29th from Cannes to Mallorca or Barcelona. Sirius was also lost without trace or the subsequent sighting of any wreckage. In this article we commemorate the detailed history of Sirius from 1936 to the present and hypothesise as to what might have happenned. During her career Sirius had had prior experience of heavy weather. For the full story open the accompanying PDF

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S&S Association Global Regatta

This year the challenge cup was awarded for an overnight race. The winner was the S&S 6.6 INKERI Skippered by Olli Martio. For more information on the race please click the PDF symbol below which gives all the history.

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Enrollment for for the 2017 AGM in Lymington

You may download here the PDF enrollment form to register for the 2017 AGM in June

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Annual General Meeting in Lymington, England Friday 9 - Sunday 11 June, 2017

Please see the attached PDF for the programme for this year\'s AGM to be held in the UK in June.

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2017 Classic Channel Regatta

The programme has just been announced. Smaller yachts will pay a reduced fee. S&S yachts are of course very welcome.

About the Classic Channel Regatta

The Classic Channel Regatta is a unique event with its own distinctive blend of racing, passage making and informal parties. Calling at three of the finest ports in the English Channel it brings together a great collection of classic yachts and their crews to share and celebrate the joy of classic sailing.

The regatta is biennial – the next one will be in 2017 and will run from Saturday July 8 to Saturday July 14. Because the times of high water during the regatta are later in the day than in past years, we are changing the format a bit in 2017 to allow for the later lock opening times at Paimpol. The main changes are that the Classic Channel Race will be in two legs, stopping over in Guernsey on the way to Paimpol; on Thursday night the fleet will be in Lezardrieux; and the regatta will finish in Paimpol on Friday evening.

The regatta will start with two days of racing at Dartmouth Classics Weekend as usual. Then the Classic Channel Race will start from Dartmouth on Monday afternoon with the first leg finishing at St Peter Port during Tuesday – where there will be a party in Guernsey Yacht Club in the evening. The second leg of the Classic Channel Race will set off from there on Wednesday morning and arrive in Paimpol in the evening.

Thursday will be, as usual, the day of the Round Île de Bréhat Race. Boats will lock out of Paimpol in the morning and the race will be followed by a late picnic lunch anchored off Île de Bréhat. Then follows the very popular Danse des Classiques (a new innovation introduced in 2015) in the afternoon before the fleet sails up the Trieux River to Lezardrieux for the night. The town is laying on a supper on the quay for as many crews as they can accommodate and there will be coaches for those wishing to go back to Paimpol (which is only 3km by road) for the evening.

On Friday morning the fleet will sail round to Paimpol where a Grand Parade-of-Sail will enter the harbour as a central part of the town’s July 14th Bastille Day celebrations. The fleet will remain in port during the afternoon and in the evening the regatta will finish with a prizegiving, crew supper and soirée in the town’s Salle des Fêtes followed by the town’s fireworks display.

Saturday will provide an opportunity for those crews not rushing away to wind down and enjoy the charms of Paimpol – and there will be various excursions laid on to nearby attractions.

Throughout the regatta, as well as the racing, there will be a full programme of suppers, parties and receptions in each port. The accent is very much on informality (you can definitely leave the No1 yachting kit at home!) and the regatta prides itself on its relaxed Westcountry and Breton ambiance.

We describe the racing as ‘gentleman’s racing’ and you can be as competitive or relaxed as you like. The handicap system used is the JCH Classic Handicap which is free and it is simple to get a handicap online. Full information on the handicap page.

Most yachts designed before the end of 1968, approved designs from 1969 to the end of 1974, and later designs in classic style are eligible to take part. Full information is on the eligibility page.

Most yachts do the whole regatta, but there are options to do just sectors if time is limited. The regatta is a truly international event with past regattas attracting entries from Britain, France, Ireland, Belgium, Holland and Germany – and we look forward to more countries joining the list for 2017.

The regatta is run by Classic Channel Regatta Ltd for The CRAB (Classic Regattas Anglo-Breton) Association whose members are the regatta entrants and crews – so it is truly democratic with the participants owning the regatta and deciding how they would like it run. Read more on the CRAB association.

The regatta is also part of the Challenge Classique Manche-Atlantique (CCMA) series of races run by the Yacht Club Classique in France.

We hope you’ll be able to join us in July 2017 to experience for yourself everything that makes the Classic Channel Regatta such a uniquely enjoyable event.


Saturday July 8th to Saturday July 14

Friday – July 7th
  • 12.00 – 20.00 – Registration at Royal Dart Yacht Club
  • 19.00 – Briefing for Dartmouth Races at RDYC
  • 19.30 – Welcome drinks sponsored by Dartmouth Chandlery
    followed by crew suppers at RDYC

Saturday – July 8th
  • 09.00 – 10.00 Late registration at RDYC
  • 10.30 – Parade of Sail
  • 12.00 – Racing in Start Bay off Dartmouth (2 races) – first start
  • 20.00 – 24.00 – Evening supper party with music in the Old Market Square
  • 23.00 – 01.00 Late night water taxi service

Sunday – July 9th
  • 10.00 – Long Start Bay Race – first start
  • 18.30 – Prizegiving at Royal Dart Yacht Club
  • 20.00 – Crew suppers available at RDYC

Monday – July 10th
  • 10.00 – 11.00 Late registration for Channel Race
  • 11.00 – Briefing for the Channel Race at RDYC
  • 15.30 – First start of Channel Race – 1st stage to St Peter Port

Tuesday – July 11th
  • Channel Race 1st stage finishes off St Peter Port
  • 14.00 – 17.00 Registration for boats joining
  • 18.00 – Reception for crews at Guernsey YC
  • 21.00 – Party at Guernsey YC

Wednesday – July 12th
  • 09.00 – First start of Channel Race – 2nd stage to Paimpol
  • Channel Race 2nd stage finishes off Paimpol
  • 20.04 – First lock into Paimpol opens
  • 21.04 – 22.04 Freeflow

Thursday – July 13th
  • Round Île de Bréhat Race Day
  • 08.00 – Briefing and picnic distribution
  • 09.24 – 10.24 – Boats lock out of harbour (freeflow)
  • 11.00 – Île de Bréhat Race – first start
  • Picnic off Île de Bréhat
  • 15.30 – 17.00 – Danse des Classiques
  • 17.00 – 18.30 – Boats moor at Lezardrieux
  • 19.00 – Aperitif and prizegiving on the quayside
  •  Three evening catering options
    • Restaurants in Lazardrieux (Limited numbers. Booking details will be in General Instructions)
    • Crews eat aboard boats
    • Crews prepare food and take ashore to eat in quayside marquee

Friday – July 14th
  • 08.00 – Boats leave Lezardrieux
  • 09.30 – Boats rendezvous west off La Jument and start of parade
  • 10.00 – 11.00 – Parade of Sail into Paimpol Harbour to music (transit lock)
  • 11.30 – Welcome drinks on quayside
  • Tented village, stalls and music all day – open to public and crews
  • 14.00 – 16.00 Boats open to public (optional)
  • 16.30 – CRAB Association AGM
  • 18.00 – Prizegiving and aperitifs on quayside
  • 20.00 – 23.00 – Crew Supper & Soirée in Salle des Fêtes
  • 23.30 – Fireworks

Saturday – July 15th
  • A day to recover and enjoy Paimpol. Activities to be organised by the town and French Classic Channel Regatta team. These include:
    • Mini- train trip to L’Abbe Beaufort and coast walk (2 hrs)
    • Sea Museum and history of the port tour (1.5 Hrs)
    • Paimpol history tour on foot (1.5 Hrs)
  • Booking for these excursions can be made when submitting full entry forms in April 2017


The S&S Mitch Gibbons Neff Race Cup

As for the last foew years the cup is awarded for the best performance by an S&S design during the Newport Classic race weekend and the New York YC cruise.

This year the following yachts attended:

Black Watch




Dorade once again won on points.

Newport Classic Yacht Regatta Panerai Winners
Grand Prix Day Racer – RACE HORSE
Grand Prix Yacht – WILD HORSES
Vintage Day Racer - RUWEIDA
Vintage Corinthian Classic – AMORITA
Vintage Grand Classic - GLEAM

Panerai Timepiece Winner
Vintage Corinthian Classic – AMORITA

Panerai Circuit Winners
Grand Prix Class - WILD HORSES
Grand Prix Day Racer - RACE HORSE
Vintage Day Racer - Tilly XV
Vintage Corinthian Classic - DORADE
Vintage Grand Classic - BLACK WATCH


Newport Classic Yacht Regatta Awards

Designer Awards

Herreshoff - AMORITA

Sparkman & Stephens - DORADE

Specialty/Perpetual Awards

Atlantic Trophy - GLEAM

Sappho Trophy - AMORITA

Leiter Cup - AMORITA

Tom Benson Restoration Award – MARILEE

Clingstone Cannon - RUNE

Class Awards


6 Metre Vintage- SCOUNDREL

12 Meter Vintage - GLEAM


Spirit of Tradition Non-Spinnaker – WILD HORSES

Classic Spinnaker Class with a CRF rating under 34 – VAGABUNO II

Classic Spinnaker Class with a CRF rating over 34 - GLEAM

Classic Non- Spinnaker with a CRF rating under 34 - AMORITA

Classic Non- Spinnaker with a CRF rating of 34 and over - DORADE


NEWSFLASH - S&S Inc. finds a new owner

For the last few years S & S Inc has been owned by Michael Phillips who, amongst other things, had investments in restaurants. The veteran firm has now found a new owner in the guise of Brooke S. Parish Managing Director & Partner at New Providence Asset Management. It is to be hoped that Mr Parish will be able to reinvigorate the firm and recapitalise it. S & S Inc has a young team and now works out of Greenwich, CT with brokerage offices in Ft. Lauderdale and Newport. Under the last ownership the on line design blogspot which had been instituted earlier  was curtailed so that it is impossible to download or print A4 copies of historic designs. Aficionados have found this is a pity, particularly  since obtaining full scale copies of the original drawings from Mystic Seaport Museum is both laborious, slow and expensive. It is to be hoped that this policy may be reversed.

Brooke Parish is a member of the S & S classic boat family as the owner of Mermaid a 45' 8" ketch built in 1958 by the legendary Paul Luke in Maine.  Mermaid is an extremely elegant and comfortanle 'gentleman's yacht' unusual for an Olin design in sporting a stubby bowsprit. Her heavy displacement makes her a powerful boat somewhat of a precursor of Kay and Parsifal built ten years later at Walsted's.

The following statement has been issued by S&S Inc.:

Sparkman & Stephens (S&S), the naval architecture and brokerage firm founded by Olin Stephens and Drake Sparkman in 1929, announced yesterday that it was acquired by a group of private investors led by Brooke S. Parish and John B. Reuter. The transaction enables S&S to implement expansion strategies in its design and brokerage businesses, for which it sought growth capital. The firm remains privately held and terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"We feel a tremendous sense of pride and responsibility to assume stewardship of a brand and a company whose legacy in American yachting cannot be overstated," said Parish, who will serve as S&S's new Chairman. "We intend to put significant effort and capital into building both the design and brokerage businesses." Parish, an asset management professional in New York and an experienced yachtsman, owns Mermaid, a 1957 Sparkman & Stephens ketch originally built for Austin Goodyear.

"S&S's history has been characterized by early adoption of new technology, materials, and engineering techniques for almost a century," added Reuter, who has been named CEO. "We are enthusiastic about continuing to build on that foundation." Reuter is a successful entrepreneur and private equity investor, and has been involved with yachts for nearly twenty years.

Jason Black, the Company's COO, based in Greenwich, Connecticut, initiated the transaction and negotiated on behalf of the Company. Black will remain responsible for S&S's brokerage business and operations. "We intend to maintain the Company's full design and brokerage staff, as well as adding new positions over the coming the months - we're hiring! A new office in Ft. Lauderdale is also being discussed," said Black.

S&S's chief designer, Brendan Abbott, will continue to lead the design studio in Newport, Rhode Island. "We delight in our sailing legacy and will always be active in that category but we are putting increasing effort into building our portfolio in the power yacht arena," said Abbott. "There are some fantastic projects already on the boards and the future looks bright."


S&S 34 Association

The following communication has been received from the S&S34 Asociation whose site can be reached at


Dear Association Member,

 One of our aims at the latest AGM was to be more proactive at sending you information, as opposed to just having the website.  So this is a short newsletter email to keep you up to date and also to let you know about the new Class Flag, which is now available for $69 (cost price) +$10 postage.  It is a beautifully made high tech & printed on both sides, for more details and photos go to


 The AGM has come and gone, and your Association remains active and financially sound.  For AGM minutes and reports please go to


 There have been a number of S&S 34 highlights over the last year or so, I think Blondie’s win in the 100th Anzac Anniversary Fremantle to Albany Race was eclipsed by Azzurro’s efforts on the East Coast, firstly winning the Sydney to Gold Coast race and then very nearly winning the Sydney Hobart race.  She was well in the lead when the wind dropped out.  Shane told me it took over an hour to cross the last 100m!  They came in a still amazing third overall, and also convincingly won on ORCi.  So if you want to ocean race and worry about a change in rating rules making your boat obsolete, not so, you will actually rate even better under ORCi.


 As I write this, Azzurro has just finished this years’ Sydney-Gold Coast race, unfortunately a big boat race this year.  However, they still won their Division on both IRC and ORCi.  There are probably at least another dozen or so S&S 34s that could compete successfully with Azzurro with a good crew and  the right gear, so have a think about it!


 Back in WA, the Association continues its involvement with the very popular Commodores’ Race at FSC, now in its 37th year.  We have also been running a Swan River race series which is a de facto Association Championship.  This year it was won by Huckleberry.  For full details go to


 As a new innovation, FSC has invited S&S 34s to join in their Sunday jib and main series.  This is a strictly social race (I understand the winner is drawn from a hat!) and designed to be simple and fun, so anyone can join in.  Anyone wanting more details please contact Jim Putt or FSC direct.


 On a sadder note, I will be shortly handing over the Webmaster role to Rob Elliot-Lockhart (Individual) as Blondie is up for sale.  We have achieved everything we could in Div 3 racing in WA (Offshore Champions 3 years in a row) and felt we had to move up to Div 2 and take them on in a slightly bigger boat.  I have very mixed feelings about this, as not only do we love Blondie and have set her up with the best of everything, she is still very competitive Offshore (as also proven by Azzurro) and I am hoping that the new larger JPK 1080 will prove to be as good in terms of sailing to her rating.


 So if anyone wants a fully competitive race boat for under ½ price, or knows someone who does, please let me know and I will save the brokerage fees and sell her direct at a discount.  All race boats are relatively expensive, but a S&S 34 is the cheapest boat you can buy (& maintain) that is genuinely capable of winning a Sydney Hobart or any other major race.  Being able to cruise in comfort shorthanded is just a bonus!


 I am still on the S&S 34 Association Committee and hope to be helping out in the background for some time.


 Kind regards to all & fair winds,

Simon Torvaldsen

37th Annual Newport Classic Yacht Regatta

Hosted at IYRS School of Technology & Trades

 Sponsored by Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge

September 3-4, 2016

 Friday, September 2

1700 – 1900 Registration and Check-in

 1800 – 2000 Welcome party

 Saturday, September 3

0830 – 0930 Check-in

 0930 Mandatory Skippers’ Meeting

 1155 Initial Warning Signal

 Sunday, September 4

1030 Classic Yacht Parade begins at harbor entrance

 1155 Initial Warning Signal

 1800 Cocktail Party

 1930 Awards Dinner

This comes at a time in which 2016 has brought change to the classic community with the genesis of the Classic Yacht Owners Association – now with over 150 private owner members and support from major yacht clubs and regattas, especially in the New England circuit.


Full report of the 2016 AGM in Lagos

In the attached PDF you will find a beautifully illustrated report of the 2016 AGM held in Lagos, Portugal. It was a successful and spectacular event seemingly one of the best to date.

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Sirius - NY 32 lost in the Golfe de Lyons

Distressing news has arrived today that on April 29th the NY32 Sirius was en route from Cannes in the the S. of France to Spain. The day was windy as the writer can attest from a Ligurian viewpoint on that day but not excessively so. Nevertheless 50 knot winds were recorded and Sirius not having made port is presumed lost with the loss of two professional sailors forming the delivery crew. She did not catty apparently an EPIRB and no liferaft or wreckage has been found. The two crew members were Alexandro and Emilio Lopez, 60 and 42 years old.

Your Webmaster can attest to having experienced such conditions. In 1964 he set sail with a friend on March 21st from Alassio to Calvi in Corsica in a dead calm. Having motored some 25 miles and the forecast having been neutral, the wind sprang up and within the space of only two hours by 9pm reached a steady 50 knots with stronger gusts which shredded the stormsail. I was sailing a 22 foot Thames estuary Lynette Class named Margaret Catchpole built by Johnson and Jago in 1951 and designed by Eric Wigfull as a shallow draft gunkholer. She had a non draining open cockpit. Under extreme conditions we tried running before which resulted in being pooped, then lying ahull which resulted in us being rolled and the leeside of the coachroof being crushed and split and finally trying to heave to and present the bow. By morning when we were sighted by a small liner waves were recorded at 9 metres or 30 feet and the wind a steady 90 kph or 50 knots. We were lucky, but a properly handled NY 32 should have handled this weather barring a structural failure. She had been fully restored by Cantiere Carlini at no expence spared 15 years ago and more recently at the Cantiere dell'Argentario.  We will never know. That very same year my present S&S, Puffin, en route from the Balearics to Sardegna, met a freak wave, was rolled, a crewman washed overboard and her house roof compressed and torn loose from the deck. Only consummate seamanship saved her and her crew. Alas, Sirius was not so lucky. Puffin\'s escape was written up by Adlard Coles in Heavy Weather Sailing.

The Med. when angry is no pond................the seas are short and vicious. Sirius was well known on the Med. racing circuit and was the best performing NY32 in the Panerai series. purchased by Fabio Mangione n 2004 and in 2006 she was third in class behind the Cal 32s in Le Vele d’Epoca di Imperia. In 2015 Sirius with Paolo Zannoni won silver in the Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge.

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There are now 48 boats entered for this race, 15 of which are from Britain – which is great news.

The race is being run as usual by the Yacht Club Classique based in La Rocelle and hosted in Plymouth by the Royal Western YC where there will be registration, a drinks reception and crew supper in their clubhouse on the evening of Monday July 11th. And the RWYC will be running the start in Plymouth Sound the following afternoon -Tues 12th.

The first leg of the race is to Camaret, from there the fleet will parade up to Brest to join the four yearly Brest Festival where the fleet will have it’s own special festival programme. On the 15th ‘L’Aventure de la Rade’ will be a cruise in company to explore the finest corners of the Rade de Brest and a picnic in the Aulne river. Then on the 16 &17 there will be two days of racing in the ‘Grand Prix de la Rade de Brest’.

On the 19th the second leg of the race to La Rochelle will start at Cameret, and the boats will be due into La Rochelle on the 21st or 22nd where there will be the usual end of race festivities. And for those wanting to head west and south from there, the race will be followed by a cruise in company to Corunna.

The race is the only offshore race of this length for classics and a great opportunity for many of our ‘ocean ladies of a certain age’ that were designed for offshore racing to stretch their legs and get into their stride once again.

We believe the entry list for the race is now full, but if you would like any more information you can find it all at: .

Dartmouth Classic 2016

Herewith is the programme for this year and most S&S members will be leigable for Class 1


JULY 9th and 10th - 2016

 Programme of events


Friday - July 8th

1400 – 1800: Registration at the Royal Dart Yacht Club Sailing Office

1900: Skippers Briefing for Dartmouth Classics

1930: Welcome reception at the Royal Dart Yacht Club sponsored by Dartmouth Chandlery

2030: Crew suppers available at the Royal Dart Yacht Club

Saturday - July 9th

0800 - 1000Â FREE: Late Registration at the Royal Dart Yacht Club Sailing Office

1100: First Start of Dartmouth Classics Race 1

 The first Start of Race 2 will follow shortly after the completion of Race 1

2000: Classics Buffet Dinner at the Royal Dart Yacht Club

Sunday - July 10th

1100: Parade of Sail past Dartmouth Embankment

1200: First Start of Dartmouth Classics Race 3

1600: Prize Giving and Barbeque on the terrace of the Royal Dart Yacht Club

1900: Skippers Briefing for Passage Race to Plymouth

Monday - July 11th

0700: First Start of Passage Race to Plymouth


Quikpoint Azzurro Sydney Hobart Race December 2015

Shane Kearns was in the front seat to win the Rolex Sydney Hobart

Yacht Race all throughout Wednesday 30 December and into late in

the evening, sailing the smallest and second oldest boat in the fleet,

but Mother Nature intervened and Quikpoint Azzurro became the

‘little boat that nearly did’.

Overtaking boats on their way to Tasman Island in a strong northeasterly

wind tailor-made for the yacht, the small crew of six turned

the corner to the Derwent where they met light winds that softened

through the night and into the morning 31 December.

Instead of winning, or even finishing second overall, 34 year-old S&S

34, rightly dubbed by her owner as the ‘little boat that could’,

Quikpoint Azzurro was relegated to third by the French entry,

Courrier Leon, the Valer/JPK 10.80 raced by Gery Trentesaux. .

But it didn’t matter, the crowd awaiting her arrival cheered so loudly

that every crew member wore mile-wide smiles as she came to dock

with another wooden boat she finished 2 minutes 10 seconds

behind, Phil Bennett’s John King designed, King Billy.

And Quikpoint Azzurro did win ORCi overall and the Corinthian

division. Kearns was elated.

Not bad for the sinking boat Kearns bought on a whim for $23,000

on his credit card, unable to leave the decaying yacht to rot. The

same design had safety delivered Jon Sanders, Jesse Martin and

Jessica Watson around the world non-stop and unassisted.

Docking this morning, Kearns told the story. “We had a great

spinnaker run down the coast. We came around Tasman fine, took

the inside course up into a bay with the Code Zero and caught and

overtook a whole heap of boats and knew we were in good shape.

“But the Derwent River is a race unto itself. It was so slow and

frustrating. Looking back, the storm on the first night was easier than

dealing with Storm Bay. We were so frustrated with the indignity of

dropping to third place.

“But the boat handled it so well - catching all those boats up - she

did so well. Everyone knows the boat now. And I’m so proud of my

boat and my crew.

“I owe it all to Hicko (Roger Hickman, Wild Rose, last year’s overall

winner) he’s been a worthy opponent for everyone for such a long


“Imagine, all those years of finishing last. Then we won the Gold

Coast Race – and now to finish third in the greatest race in the

world,” Kearns ended.

Quikpoint Azzurro’s crew comprised: Owner/skipper Shane Kearns,

Alex Seja, David Thomas, Duncan McRae, Jim Nixon, and Felicity

Nelson, who sailed her 21st Hobart in style. All, including Kearns, are

former crew of the late John Walker, reforming after his death last


Simon Torvaldsen
SS34 Association Australia
I had quite a long chat with Shane about Azzurro’s race – it was a major
achievement. They rounded Tasman Island with 9 hours in hand to get the last
35 miles up the Derwent. They were so far ahead that Paul Clitheroe (Balance)
sent some of his crew home as they were sure they were beaten. The over the
last 10 miles the wind dropped out, eventually a complete glass out. Shane said it
took over an hour to cover the last 100 metres.
But third IRC is still a great result. Also winning on ORCi, as you know this is the
successor to IMS and a more calculated, scientific formula than IRC. It is
favoured by the larger boats as being more accurate and fairer, and there is a
strong push on the east coast to see it replace IRC as the preferred rating system
(I would be very happy if they did this). You should amend your post to say that
they won overall on ORCi not just a Divisional win.
Jon sanders got a 3rd overall in 1984 and then Bill Ratcliffe in 1993, both in S&S
34s. and of course the S&S 47 Love and War won in 2006. We are all very
pleased that after almost 50 years, the S&S 34 is still winning major races against
the very best multi-million dollar opposition.


UK Classic Racing Series 2016

The Plymouth – La Rochelle Revival Race for classics will start in Plymouth on Tuesday July 12 and finish in La Rochelle on July 20 or 21.
It will be in two legs with a three day stopover at Brest to take part in the four yearly Brest Festival of traditional and classic craft. The race boats will have their own programme of racing in the Rade de Brest while there and will be offered special berthing facilities. The first leg of the race will finish at Camaret  before entering Brest in a parade-of-sail as part of the festival.
Dartmouth Classics Weekend will be on the weekend of July 9 -10 immediately before the Plymouth – La Rochelle Race start on the following Tuesday and there will be a passage race from Dartmouth to Plymouth on Monday 11 to connect the two events.
So there you have it, three events all rolled into one extended programme. You can do the whole programme or whichever sections suit you. The date are:
July 9 -  10             Dartmouth Classics
July 11 -                 Passage Race Dartmouth - Plymouth
July 12 -                 Plymouth - La Rochelle Revival Race:
                               Start of 1st stage to Brest
July 13/14 -            Yachts arrive at Camaret
July 14 evening -   Yachts enter Brest in a Parade of Sail
July 15-17 -           Special Sailing Programme at Brest Festival
July 19 -                Start Plymouth - La Rochelle Revival Race:
                              2nd  stage to La Rochelle
July 21 -                Race finish in La Rochelle.

Advance notice of 2016 AGM

The AGM in 2016 will take place in Lagos, Portugal.

The dates are 20 - 22 May. It should be warm and a fun location.

For full information see

or the PDF below

There are hotlinks on the PDf allowing you to reserve and book on line or, alternatively, to print a form ready for mailing

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Channel Racing 2016

As the Classic Channel Regatta is biennial, the next regatta will not be until 2017. But while you are waiting for 2017, here’s an interesting alternative extended programme for next year which is developing around the Plymouth - La Rochelle Revival Race for classics. The race will be integrating with the four yearly Brest Festival and stopping over in Brest for three days of racing and activities there before continuing to La Rochelle. And Dartmouth Classics will be on the weekend before the Tuesday race start in Plymouth, so the weekend regatta at Dartmouth will be linked in with a feeder race from Dartmouth to Plymouth on the Monday. The full programme looks like this:

July 9 -                   Dartmouth Classics
July 10 -                 Dartmouth Classics
July 11 -                 Passage Race Dartmouth - Plymouth
July 12 -                 Start Plymouth - La Rochelle Revival Race:
                               1st stage to Brest
July 13/14 -            Yachts arrive at Camaret
July 14 evening -    Yachts enter Brest in a Parade of Sail
July 15-17 –           Special Sailing Programme at Brest Festival
July 18 or 19 (tbc)- Start Plymouth - La Rochelle Revival Race:
                               2nd  stage to La Rochelle
July 20 or 21 -        Race finish in La Rochelle.

S&S and the Classic Channel Regatta

In 2015 S&S yachts took the top 5 positions in Class 3 & 4 Division 1 with Lulotte as the winner! See

The regatta is biennial and runs for a week in July. It starts with two days of racing at Dartmouth followed by the Classic Channel Race to Paimpol where there is rest day and a race around the Ile de Brehat. Then a passage race takes the fleet to Guernsey where the regatta finishes with the Round Sark Classic Race – all backed up with a programme of informal social events ashore.

Most boats designed before the end of 1968, approved designs from 1969 to the end of 1974, and later designs in classic style are eligible to take part. The regatta is a truly international event that attracts entries from Britain, France, Ireland, Belgium, Holland and Germany. It is run for CRAB (Classic Regattas Anglo-Breton) which from this year has become an association whose members are the regatta entrants – so the entrants have a democratic say in the future course of the regatta. The regatta is part of the Challenge Classique Manche-Atlantique (CCMA) series of races run by the Yacht Club Classique in France.

The 2015 NY Yscht Club classic regatta and the Association cup

The 2015 annual NY Yacht Club and IYRS sponsored classic regatta has just taken place and there is an Association cup in honor of the late Mitch Gibbons Neff which is awarded for the best performance in the series by an S & S design. There was a record turnout this year with yachts of all sizes and ages from 12 metres to 60 footers down. These included:

Black Watch














Bartley Jr











This year the S & S Association Mitch Gibbons Neff Memorial Cup was won by Peter Cassidy\'s New York 32 Siren.

The Olin Stephens S&S Association Memorial Cup

Each year this cup is awarded for the best perfomance by an S & S design on the Mediterranean circuit.

This year the cup was won by Manitou. Here is the classification for the 5 races in which the yachts participated. This series replaces the Argentario series. Corsaro II and Stella Polare are the two big Italian Navy racing yawls.

Manitou is a 63 ft racing yawl designed in 1939 once owned by John Kennedy. You may read about her history in a Classic Yacht article here in February 2013.



2015 Fastnet Race update

From the S & S Inc blog:



The team at Sparkman & Stephens would like to congratulate Matt Brooks and his crew aboard DORADE for their podium finish in the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race - second place in IRC Class 4. On her \\\"Return to Blue Water Campaign\\\", DORADE continues to amass hardware as she has regularly proved capable of beating yachts eight decades her junior. 

A fierce back and forth battle which lasted essentially the entire length of the course, STORMY WEATHER finished a mere 18 minutes behind DORADE after leading her older sister around The Rock - so our congratulations also go out to Christopher Spray and his team onboard STORMY WEATHER. 


Both of these yachts are previous winners of the Fastnet Race - DORADE in 1931 and 1933 and STORMY WEATHER in 1935. 

A mention also goes out to Griff Rhys Jones and ARGYLL for their efforts in completing this year\\\'s Fastnet Race as well - ARGYLL\\\'s first!  

We are proud to see these beautiful, historic yachts still competing successfully on the race course - being sailed as they were originally intended.



S & S Inc write:



SONNY is currently sailing the coast of Maine, where she recently won two out of three races in Penobscot Bay - the Castine Classic Yacht Race and the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. The latter, against a fleet of 93 other wooden boats, she came out victorious despite carrying a 15% rating penalty due to her success last year.

Add this recent performance to her early season success in Newport at the 161st NYYC Annual Regatta where she scored bullets in three of four races and it becomes clear that the combination of her pedigree and level of care produce results. 


Resume of the events that took place at the 2015 AGM

You may follow the events of the 2015 AGM three weeks ago in Denmark by opening the attached PDF. This will give you an idea of the good times had by all....

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Sonny 54ft Sloop

S & S Inc. have just listed Sonny for sale at $945,000. This was Olin\'s favourite in his last years and is a proved prizewinner.

A full listing may be seen at 

Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
Newport, RI
Hull Material:
Current Price:
US$ 945,000 

A rare and beautiful example of early Olin Stephens designs, still with her original layout and interior. SONNY was launched in 1935 as a cruiser/ racer to the maximum CCA rule limits. 

Very few yachts of this era have been continuously so well loved and maintained.


Vim will be participating in Flensburg


Flensburg Expects 15+2 Yachts as The Largest Fleet of 12-Metre Yachts
The Centre of These Classic America’s Cup Yachts Today is in Flensburg and on the Baltic


Since 20 years the „Robbe & Berking Sterling Cup“ is the annual rendezvous for 12-Metre yachts. The America’s Cup was raced for in these yachts in the years from 1957 to 1987. What started off small and idyllic soon became one of the largest regularly organized races for this class. The two World Championships, jointly organized by Robbe & Berking and the Flensburg Sailing Club (FSC) on Flensburg Fjord in 2008 and 2011 were, for now, the highlights. Back in 2008, the international 12-Metre Class Association ITMA(International 12 Metre Association) took the opportunity to set up it’s first representative outside the United States in Flensburg.

A fleet of truly historic dimensions is expected from July 2 to July 5 on Flensburg Fjord.


Follow Historic Yacht Dorade on the 2015 Transatlantic Race

On June 28, the legendary ocean racing yacht Dorade will attempt to repeat her first
 and most significant victory when she embarks on the 2015 Transatlantic Race from
 Newport, R.I. to Plymouth, U.K.  The 52-foot yawl first made her mark in the sailing
 world in 1931, when her then-21-year-old designer Olin Stephens, along with his brother
 Rod, their father, and four other young amateur sailors, raced her to victory in the
 2,800-mile race across the Atlantic. Dorade’s 2015 crew, led by owner Matt Brooks
(San Francisco, Calif.), has its sights set on finishing the race in good order again
 this summer, 84 years after the first victory, and beating Dorade’s time of 17 days,
 one hour and 14 minutes.
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The Transatlantic Race is the third in a series of four major ocean races in the
“Return to Blue Water Campaign.”  Conceived shortly after Brooks and his wife Pam Rorke
 Levy bought Dorade in 2010, the campaign was initially called “Matt’s Crazy Idea,” but
 soon after the completion of a year-long refit Dorade began winning races, both offshore
 and in coastal regattas in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean and on the West Coast,
 proving that she could once again be competitive.  The team silenced the campaign’s
critics once and for all in 2013, when Dorade was the overall winner (on corrected time)
 in the 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race, 77 years after its first victory with the race.
 That was followed by an IRC class win in the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race.
 The campaign wraps up this August with the Rolex Fastnet Race, which Dorade won overall in 1931 and 1933. 
•         For frequent updates between events and during racing, follow Dorade on Facebook,
 Twitter and Instagram. Hashtag: #DoradeSailing #ReturnToBlueWater
•         For full race reports and updates from the team, visit 
•         Real-time tracking of Dorade will be available during the 2015 Transatlantic Race
 through the event’s YellowBrick system (link will be available next week)
•         For updates on the entire 2015 Transatlantic Fleet, follow the event on Facebook
 and at


IYRS Classic Yacht Regatta

The IYRS classic yacht regatta will take place September 5th and 6th 2015 in New England.

The S&S Mitch Gibbons Neff Cup will be awarded after the races.

Fremantle to Albany Race West Australia

Hot on the tail of his award of the Global Regatta Cup Simon Torvaldsen has won this race

in his S&S34:

22 April 2015 Simon Torvaldsen wrote:

Thanks very much for the award. I am very happy to let you know that we have proven that it is not a fluke. We have just finished the 336nm Fremantle to Albany race. The fleet was eventually down to 16 yachts. Many skippers will not try this race as it goes into the Southern Ocean along a coastline (often a lee shore) where there is no refuge or rescue facilities for about 150nm and conditions can deteriorate rapidly and unpredictably. There are a number of reefs and other hazards. You need to have a good boat, good crew and be well prepared. 

Blondie has won this race overall on IRC, being 82 minutes ahead of the next boat. We were 10th over the line (5th out of 10 boats in Div 2). There was quite a heavy swell and an opposing wind which did get up to about 30 knots at times, making for a disproportionately large confused seaway - what we call \"lumpy\". There were 2 retirements, one with a broken mast and another close to the finish with steering failure. We went to assist with this, fortunately with good outcome as it was 1am, strong breeze and big seas - a full rescue by us would have been extremely dangerous. So our result has redress for this (we did win without claiming this but I wanted the line honours record to be correct).

We were very pleased to have beaten the line honours boat, a TP52 by over 6 hours on IRC. They are very high tech boats and it says something for the S&S design that we can be so competitive against them. We did beat a First 35 and a couple of 40\' over the line too and were very happy that the fleet included a GP42, a modern Farr 40, First 40, 2 First 35s, C&C 115, Jeanneau 36 (brand new) and Sydney 36 amongst others. So hopefully we have proven that the S&S design was a pretty good one!


Global regatta Cup Award 2015

The Global Regatta trophy, the Challenge Cup, will be presented at the 2015 AGM in Svendborg, Denmark.

The Cup is awarded to the S&S design which has competed in alternate years in an offshore or inshore race and which has won by the largest percentage margin.

Is it possible at all to win a classic ocean race of 220 Nm by 5 hours? And 11 hours on corrected time? The answer is yes. Simon Torvaldsen did just that in Blondie, one of the new S&S 34 breed and Simon is now the winner of the 2015 Global Regatta.

Past winners are:             

1998    S England

1999    S England

2000    Olin J Stephens

2001    S England Prospect of Whitby

2002    USA NE Falcon

2003    USA SE Finnesterre

2004    USA NE Falcon

2005    W Australia Huckleberry

2006    Germany Sasha

 2007    Finland Tarantella ll

 2008    Sunstone England

 2009    USA Dorade

 2010    Germany Sasha

 2011    USA Marionette

 2012    Australia Constellation

 2013  and 2014  Finland  Inkeri



Enrollment Form for the Svendborg 2015 AGM

Please access the attached PDF to download an enrollment form for the AGM

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2015 AGM Details

Please see the attached PDF for full and updated details and instructions for joining the AGM

in Svendborg July 03-06 2015

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Classic Channel Race series 2015

Saturday July 11th – Saturday July 18nd 2015

For full details of the multiple legs of this race series please see the 8 page PDF attached below.

77 boats have already enrolled! Of those 55% are pre 1969 non-production designs in Class 1 and 45% are post 1968 and earlier production designs in Class 3. Also 55% have entered in previous years and 45% are new entrants. That all sounds like a nice balance, with the older Class 1 boats in a comfortable majority. Several S & S designs are participating.
The Dartmouth Classics
The Classic Channel Race
The Classic Round Bréhat Race
Paimpol - St Peter Port Passage Race
The Classic Round Sark Race

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2015 Syney Hobart Race

The 70 year old Veteran Landfall is participating in the race for the third time during her career campaigned by Mike Strong. Here she is at the start of the 1953 race.

Mike writes:

\' A s the race approaches there has been considerable interest in Landfall from all quarters of the media, the story of an old yacht competing,  but I also think people react instantly to the beauty of the lines. The process to enter the Sydney Hobart race began over two years ago, and my attitude was “if everything proceeds smoothly, then we will do it, but if it becomes difficult, we won’t”. Thankfully so far its all gone well.


 Firstly we needed a rating as we had none, the race is run under two systems  IRC and ORCi you can opt for both or just one, we chose ORCi. To achieve this the original blueprints were digitized and stability tests made, this was quite a long process and took the better part of 12 months. The next big issues are bringing the boat to Cat offshore level, this is stringent and involves extra safety equipment and communication gear, then insurers require additional surveys and entry is also dependent on having a qualified crew. The crew for the race is a minimum of 6, which is what Landfall will have, all need to have completed sea survival courses, some need radio certificates and others first aid and the majority need to have offshore experience.


 This will be the third time Landfall has competed in this race, 1953 (2nd), 1976 to celebrate her 40th birthday and now this 70th anniversary edition of the race for her 80th birthday. She will be the 2nd oldest yacht in the fleet but the only one that has been continuously sailed since launch,  and unlike some of her overseas sisters she has never been rebuilt, the major change has been to her rig, from yawl to sloop and from steel to fibre for the standing rigging. The change from yawl to sloop was made prior to my purchase 20 years ago, but even as a yawl the main mast had been moved aft, and it is now this fore-triangle that really works for this yacht. Landfall will be carrying a partially battened mainsail and all other sails; genoa, staysail, assymetrical spinnakers and code zero style jib are on furlers , the genoa uses a Flatdeck unit, the other sails all have anti torque cables and are furled using continuous line drums.


 The race starts in Sydney harbour on Boxing Day then travels 680nm south down the east coast of Australia, across Bass Strait and then up the Derwent river to Hobart Tasmania.


Southerly gales can be the norm, mix this with a predominantly westerly wave pattern in the relatively shallow water of Bass Strait and , well, you get the picture, it’s a test. It is a massive event here with thousands of spectators lining the cliffs or on boats, and a TV audience of many times this


 Three starting lines this year, then down the harbor and turn right.\'



The S&S Mitch Gibbons Neff Memorial Cup

Each year this cup which was donated by a small group of US based S&S Association members is awarded for the best performance by an S&S design at the 35th Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta  in Newport Rhode Island, sponsored by Panerai and under the aegis of IYRS. This year the trophy was awarded to Sonny one of Olin\'s favourite designs and reputed to be marginally faster than Stormy Weather.

The following S&S designs participated:



Black Watch

Sparkman and Stephens 1938

China Clipper

Sparkman and Stephens 1963


Sparkman and Stephens 1955

Northern Light

Sparkman and Stephens 1938


Herreshoff/Sparkman and Stephens 1953


Sparkman and Stephens 1935


Sparkman and Stephens 1970


Sparkman and Stephens 1936

Joseph Dockery\'s Sonny\' results in three races were:
















Classic Channel Regatta update

The race will include the Sparkman & Stephens sloop ‘Tintoo VI’ coming up from Genoa for the regatta. Two other S&S yachts will be the French owned  60ft cutter ‘Khayaam’ (owned by Yacht Club Classique past president and previous regatta entrant Jean Christian Fandeux), and the 48ft yawl ‘Stiren’. The organisers write that with at least two other well known S&S yawls in the Channel next year, we may have enough fine S&S yachts to give them their own class.


Tregor-Perros regatta in the channel 2014


Friday, September 12th 2014

5pm to 8pm : Check in, measuring, launching, crane operations.

Saturday, September 13th 2014

8.30 am : Breakfast for crews and voluntary helpers.

8 am to 9.30am : Registration,validation ,measuring,launching, crane operations.

9.30 : Briefing.

10.30 :First departure warning signal for the first round.
Gathering at Trgastel on moorings. Picnic on board.

3.30 pm: Departure for the second round Trgastel /Perros Guirec . (Flying start ). Opening of Perros Marina : 8.35pm

9pm : Dinner for crews at the Navigators’Club. Sunday, September 14th

8 am : Breakfast for crews and voluntary helpers.

9.30 am : 1st departure warning signal for the sailing back to Trbeurden.

From 5pm : Aperitif, Results and Prize Giving Ceremony. 

Olin Stephens Challenge Cup 2014

The Olin Stephens Challenge Cup presented by a small group of members of the Association is presented annually for the best performance by an S&S designed classic yacht on the Mediterranean racing circuit (see an earlier announcement this year below on 18 April). The cup is presented at the circuit prize giving by AIVE. This year the cup was won by Tomahawk, designed by Aage Nielson and Olin Stephens in 1938 as a very fast offshore development of the NY32. Her principle dimensions are as follows:
LOA: 48’-3”
LWL: 34’-0”
Beam: 11’-2”
Draft: 7’-5”
Sail area: 1,096 ft
Argyll was also competing but was disqualified. For the final qualification of the extensive series please open the PDF below.

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Cross Channel Race July 2015

Members on the South Coat of the UK may wish to join in on the Dartmouth-Paimpol-St Peters Port Classic Yacht Race

July 11-18 2015. For full information visit   by pasting into your browser. Entries are limited to 100 boats and you may obtain information by emailing

The OLIN STEPHENS Challenge Cup for Mediterranean racing


The Olin Stephens II Centennial Cup  

The Italian Classic Yacht Association (A.I.V.E.)

Announces that

The Olin Stephens II Centennial Cup 

Presented by The Sparkman & Stephens Association

for racing by Yachts designed by Olin Stephens and conforming to articles 2 and 3 of the Rating Regulations for vintage and classic yachts racing 2014-2017 as issued by the

Comité International de la Méditerranée (C.I.M.)

And which are in the possession of a current rating certificate will be competed for in the following regattas:

Régate Napoléon - A.I.V.E. (open) member’s regatta

13th-14th June 2014

Portoferraio-Porto S. Stefano

16th June 2014

Argentario Sailing Week  

19th - 22nd June 2014

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The Association Global Regatta Cup awatd 2014

Please find attached a PDF describing the contestant\'s submissions for the Cup this year. The Cup was supposed to be awarded for round the buoys races but as there were no applicants it was opened to applications for distance and pursuit racing without the usual 100 NM minimum limit. The Cup is awarded to the best placed S&S design winning by the widest per centage margin in TCF over the next boat. Click the PDF symbol for a full report.

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The Fastnet Race 2013

The Sparkman & Stephens Association  Fastnet Challenge Cup was won by Harry Heijst, a long term member, with Winsome.

Sunday 13th August 2013 Winsome started in the Rolex Fastnet race.

We crossed the starting line close to the mainland shore to stay out of the foul tide. We had a relatively good start just underneath a big bunch of yachts very close to the Committee Boat, including the JOLIE BRISE, the winner of the first Fastnet Race in 1925. All the way out of the Solent we short tacked about 30 times.

During the first days as we passed the headlands of the English South Coast our progress was slow, since the waves did not match the prevailing wind. We could see that the other newer lighter boats in our class persistently sailed faster. The light North-Easterly winds made it very hard for Winsome to keep her speed up. After rounding the Traffic Scheme Separation off Lands End and passing into the Irish Sea, we rounded the Fastnet Rock in very thick fog so we could only see the light beam of the lighthouse, but not the Rock or the lighthouse itself.

Some hours after rounding the Panteanius spreader Buoy the wind started to pick up and on the 3rd day we rounded the Scilly Isles on port. That last night a magical night at sea. We were sailing in 25 knots of wind with our spinnaker II. There was a lot of fluorescence in the sea and at one point a pod of dolphins approached us from behind and started to play around the boat. We finished in bright sunshine after 4 days and 1 hour. We came 12th in our class IRC4. Fortunately we kept 71 boats behind us and we won the S&S Fastnet Trophy.



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Latest update news on 2014 AGM and dinner

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Nominations for the annual award of the S&S Association Global challenge Cup

Attached in the accompanying PDF are the nominations for the 2013 award of the Global challenge cup for the best performance this year in an offshore race by a Sparkman and Stephens designed yacht. This year we can see two very differing designs competing and both are larger yachts. The races this year  are serious offshore long distance races where bad weather can easily be encountered.

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And the winner of the 2013 Olin Stephens II Cup is....

Patrick Matthiesen, Hiro Nakajima and the Stamford Yacht Club  organised a new trophy which was inaugurated at the 2008 AGM in Enkhuizen. The sterling silver cup  known a ‘THE OLIN J.STEPHENS II TROPHY’ was intended to be presented annually to a winning S & S classic design on the Med. Circuit. An initial proposal was to link the award to the Argentario Sailing Week, an event which had been particularly close to our late President’s heart and in which both Dorade, Stormy Weather, Sirius, Corsaro, Stella Polare and Cometa amongst others have participated. Unfortunately the financial crisis of 2008 led to a drop in sponsorship for Med. Racing and the cup has not been awarded these last two years so that Patrick Matthiesen discussed a new plan with Carlo Musu, the new AIVE Secretary General. As a result the cup was incorporated into the 2013 challenge series named the Challenge Luigi Durand de la Penne with the following programme:


Regata sociale A.I.V.E. (open)                                         1-2 giugno


Trofeo CSSN – AP La Spezia                                            8-9 giugno


Offshore race La Spezia – Porto Santo Stefano  10-12 giugno


Argentario Sailing Week                                                           13-16 giugno


Offshore race  Porto Santo Stefano – Napoli     22-24 giugno


Le vele d’epoca a Napoli                                                          26-30 giugno    


Regata della Festa della Marineria (La Spezia)        6 ottobre


The Olin Stephens II Memorial Cup was awarded on October 06 2013 at La Spezia aboard the Italian Navy training vessel Amerigo Vespucci. The vessel is a full rigged three-masted steel hull 82.4 m (270.34 ft) long, with an overall length of 101 m (331 ft) including the bowsprit and a maximum width of 15.5 m (51 ft). She has a draught of about seven metres (23 ft) and a displacement at full load of 4146 tons. Under auxiliary diesel-electric propulsion the Amerigo Vespucci can reach 10 knots (19 km/h) and has an autonomy of 5450 nm (at 6.5 knots). The three steel masts are 50, 54 and 43 metres high, and carry sails totalling 2824 m² (30400 ft²) The Amerigo Vespucci has 26 sails – square sails, staysails, and jibs: all are traditional canvas sails. When under sail in severe sea and wind conditions she can reach 12 knots (22 km/h). The rig, some 30 km of ropes, uses only traditional hemp ropes; only the mooring lines are synthetic, to comply with port regulations. The ship is modelled on a 74 gun ship of the line and was built in 1925.

The winner in 2013 was the Italian Navy training vessel Stella Polare which was designed 1965,  as a classic S&S auxiliary yawl design 1505.1 by the Sangermani yard.   In this she followed an established type made popular in 1953 by George Coumantaros’s Baccarat and Mah Jong but on a larger scale. Her statistics are LOA 59’4’’, LWL 50’, Beam 16’1’’, Draught 9’6’’, Sail Area 2,231 Sq. Ft., Displacement 94,486 lbs.

  The lines plans are classic S&S but marginally adapted for the RORC rule; thus one can see a small amount of tumble home in the top sides, allowing a more favourable rating which does not appear on the American CCA rated boats.  The widest point of beam is also carried slightly closer towards the water line.  The underwater sections and the extremely flat run aft with a relatively long counter, steeply raked transom, which more than balances the forward overhang, is both elegant to look at and practical.  The boats when pressed draw almost no quarter wave.  The relative differences between individual boats designed between 1958 and 1964 are infinitesimal.


 The cabin and construction plan shows the boat comfortably laid out with 15 berths and extensive lockers allowing for a large crew.   Yet despite being a naval vessel for sail training, there is considerable comfort with three toilet compartments for the large crew and a separate cabin for the skipper.  The almost flush deck profile with sweeping sheerline to the bow and small deck house, classic yawl rig which allows a 2 % premium on rating against a similar sized sloop or cutter are all typical of S&S at this period.  There are small differences between Corsaro II, a sister ship,  and Stella Polare although the design is numbered the same.  The later boat has a Constellation  type rudder that came into vogue around 1963.  In addition the distribution of the lead keel is marginally different and there would appear to be the slightest additional hollowing of the forefoot just forward of the mast. 


Stella Polare was winner of the Bermuda-Travmunda transatlantic race in 1968.  She was winner of the Giraglia in 1966, she set a race record for the course which stood for 18 years.  She was the 1970 winner of the Palma di Majorca-Cabera-Palma race in both corrected and real time.  This is rather impressive for a boat which was built as a training vessel rather than as an out and out racer. 

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S & S34 racing Down Under

Racing Report   by Simon Torvaldsen

S&S 34s remain active as always in both club and offshore racing.  There are strong river fleets at RPYC and RFBYC with a few boats at other clubs. There are a larger number of boats at FSC but we don’t often entice them out for a race, cruising being the preferred option.

 S&S 34 Association 3 race series - There is again interesting racing this season.  As Andrew has outlined, there are again 3 RPYC/RFBYC/SoPYC combined races on the river.  Invitations are extended to all S&S 34s to participate, just contact the relevant club. We could have some exciting racing with a fleet of a dozen or so. Details will also be posted on the website.

 Ocean racing – a small band of 34s are flying the flag in Offshore Racing.  Blondie won the Beneteau Offshore Championship last season (there were 3 Divisional winners, no overall) and is competing again this season, winning the first race (George Law Race), ahead of the new Farr MX Stimulus Package, and more recently Div 2 in the Naturaliste race, 51 mins ahead of the Sydney 36 This Way Up on IRC. 

 Later in the season Swagman and Le Jag plan to join Blondie for some real competition in the Div 3 offshore fleet. We also have Huckleberry in new hands and hopefully coming out later on, along with the new owners of Individual.  So we could have up to 5 S&S 34s on the offshore racing circuit!

   Once again the S&S 34 has proven that it is still a highly competitive racer under IRC, against all competition.  If anyone else is contemplating some offshore racing and would like any help or advice, please feel free to contact me.


Dor more information visit the S & S 34 Association website where there are also posts on the web forum:

The S&S34 Discussion Forum (see the link on the Association website) continues, now with 855 Posts within 184 Topics. This is a great resource and source of information, and is very easy to use.  You don’t have to be an Association member to use it, although we hope it will be something that will encourage you to join.



Swansong - Swan 36

Click on the PDF symbol below to access an article on Swansong and her owner from Soundings magazine. Swansong was the winner this year of the S&S Association Mitch Gibbons Neff Cup

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The 2014 Association AGM

The 2014 AGM will be held in Amsterdam on 20 - 22 June

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NYYC race results for the summer cruise won by Swan 36

Herewith the full results referred to in the entry for the Mitch Gibbons Neff Cup

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The S&S Mitch Gibbons Cup Award 2013 Newport

\'This cup was donated by a small group of friends and members of the S & S Association in order to commemorate the life of Mitch Gibbons Neff, a former president of S & S Inc.\' This statement was made in the deed of gift to the IYRS and each year the award is made to the best performing S&S design in the New York Yacht Club summer cruise and races. This year Bolero, Black Watch, the NY 32 Salty, the 12 metre Valiant and Olin\'s favourite, Sonny, were competing but for the second year running the cup was won by the stock Swan 36 design, Swansong. Her race results in the three races were two firsts and a second which outclassed the other.

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Global Regatta Nomination

Dear Member

It\'s challenge time. It is time to register your bid for the S&S Association Global Regatta and potentially qualify for the Challenge Cup Races in 2013 can qualify for the 2014 Challenge Cup.

Just to remind you all, this race year is for day races. Of course, if there are no qualifying contenders, overnight races can qualify so be sure to submit even if you are not doing so with a day race. The winner is the S&S yacht which has achieved a race win with the biggest margin to number two. It is simple and is explained on our web site where you also can register your win. Click here

Let me take the opportunity to again praise the Challenge Cup 2013 winner, Olli Martio from Finland. Take a look at the S&S AGM 2013 web pages and especially the page that deals with Olli & Inkeri Martio. Click here.

The Global Regatta Challenge Cup

Report with images of the 2013 London AGM

Please find an attached PDF showing images of the 2013 London AGM, a report and details of the winner of the Global Regatta S&S Association Cup

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Dorade wins the Transpac again after 77 years

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The Olin Stephens Challenge Memorial Cup


Patrick Matthiesen, Hiro Nakajima and the Stamford Yacht Club  organised a new trophy which was inaugurated at the 2008 AGM in Enkhuizen. The sterling silver cup  known a ‘THE OLINJ.STEPHENS II TROPHY’ was intended to be presented annually to a winning S & S classic design on the Med. Circuit. An initial proposal was to link the award to the Argentario Sailing Week, an event which had been particularly close to our late President’s heart and in which both Dorade, Stormy Weather, Sirius, Corsaro, Stella Polare and Cometa amongst others have participated. Unfortunately the financial crisis of 2008 led to a drop in sponsorship for med. Racing and the cup has not been awarded these last two years so that Patrick Matthiesen discussed a plan with Carlo Musu, the new AIVE Secretary General. As a result the cup will be incorporated into this year’s challenge series named the Challenge Luigi Durand de la Penne with the following programme:

Regata sociale A.I.V.E. (open)                                         1-2 giugno

Trofeo CSSN – AP La Spezia                                            8-9 giugno

Offshore race La Spezia – Porto Santo Stefano  10-12 giugno

Argentario Sailing Week                                                           13-16 giugno

Offshore race  Porto Santo Stefano – Napoli     22-24 giugno

Le vele d’epoca a Napoli                                                          26-30 giugno    

Regata della Festa della Marineria (La Spezia)        6 ottobre

The Olin Stephens II Memorial Cup will be awarded on October 06 2013 at La Spezia aboard the Italian Navy training vessel Amerigo Vespucci. The vessel is a full rigged three-masted steel hull 82.4 m (270.34 ft) long, with an overall length of 101 m (331 ft) including the bowsprit and a maximum width of 15.5 m (51 ft). She has a draught of about seven metres (23 ft) and a displacement at full load of 4146 tons. Under auxiliary diesel-electric propulsion the Amerigo Vespucci can reach 10 knots (19 km/h) and has an autonomy of 5450 nm (at 6.5 knots). The three steel masts are 50, 54 and 43 metres high, and carry sails totalling 2824 m² (30400 ft²) The Amerigo Vespucci has 26 sails – square sails, staysails, and jibs: all are traditional canvas sails. When under sail in severe sea and wind conditions she can reach 12 knots (22 km/h). The rig, some 30 km of ropes, uses only traditional hemp ropes; only the mooring lines are synthetic, to comply with port regulations. The ship is modelled on a 74 gun ship of the line and was built in 1925. For images go to

Any S&S Association member in the Mediterranean is invited to participate in one or all of the races.


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The Derwent Gift - Classic racing in Tasmania by Sirocco and Landfall

A brief report of this classic event is now published under the Articles section of the menu of this website.


Awards for the 2012 S&S Association Global Challenge Cup

In the attached PDF you can read the results for the above challenge with competitors in Finland, the UK and New Zealand. The cup was won by Inkeri an S&S 30 and will be awarded at the 2013 AGM in London

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The Derwent Gift

Yesterday, down under in SE Tasmania, saw a historic event. For the first time in 60 years two historic S&S designs battled it out in a breeze of 15 knots in Hobart Harbour on the Derwent. Both boats had originally been built in Tasmania in the 1930s. The weather was fine and a large crowd boarded 11 spectator vessels, some themselves vintage including the former Governor General\'s motpor yacht built by Thorneycroft. A plethora of wooden sailing boats followed the course. The event was covered on local TV. Landfall [1935] and Sirocco [1939] motored out to the start dressed overall. Sirocco won the first race by 90 seconds since Landfall lost precious ground for heading for a non existant mark on the wrong side of the bay! However once the course was reconnoitered Landfall made her presence felt with an excellent start and cunning tactics beating Sirocco by 100 seconds. The third race was truly exciting sailed in flukey gusts of 16 knots with both yachts heeling untyil their rails were buried. Tacks were split in best America\'s Cup style with the two boats coming together at the last mark. Sirocco pursued Landfall hunting her transome but the older yacht won by 7 seconds to loud hoorays at the finish line.

Competing helmsman were Hobart old timers Mick Purden 81 on Sirocco and John Lucas 83 on Landfall.

Landfall had taken a battering crossing the Bass trait from Sydney and had suffered some damage after striking an object in the wild weather but was repaired in time for the racing.




London AGM & Dinner April 2013

Please find attached in PDF format a subscription form for the AGM event in London and the annual dinner. Click on the PDF symbol below to download the form

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Programme for the 2013 London AGM

Please open the attached PDF to see the programme

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The Derwent Gift - two old timers meet to spar

In February 2013 two pre war S&S designs will meet on the occasion of the Hobart wooden boat festival in Tasmania and race against eachother. Landfall is the earlier design while Sirocco is a slightly scaled down cousin of the NY32.

Landfall is design 54 and \'was designed in 1934 and built in Tasmania. One can easily see the influence of Dorade (design #7) and Stormy Weather (design #27) in her hull shape and how she fills the gap between these two early designs and Sonny (design #94) and Skylark (design #146), yet to be designed. Looking at the length/beam of these 5 designs, she\'s narrow; proportionally almost as narrow as Dorade.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 44\'-0\"
LWL 32\'-9\"
Beam 9\'-9\"
Draft 6\'6\"

Sirocco is design 252. Sirocco was built by Taylor of Hobart, Tasmania and launched in 1938. She was built for the then vice-commodore of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. her plans were drawn by Rod stephens in considerable detail. She was converted to a sloop in 1947. Her design lies half way between the NY32 and the Brazil/Mackinac Class.


Dorade and Stormy Weather are words synonymous with the glory days of classic Yacht design in the 1930\'s. Designed by the now famous company of Sparkman & Stephens, S & S went on to design many of the America\'s Cup yachts, and became one of the most respected andsought after designers of classic yachts in the yachting world. Here in Australia we have two of these early classics penned from the same era and designers. You can imagine the surprise when the young team of Rod Sparkman and Olin Stephens, then in their early twenties received their first overseas commission not from Europe or England,but Tasmania!The first design, Landfall, was commissioned by Guy Rex. She was designed in 1934 and built in 1935 by Percy Coverdale of Battery Point Boatyards. Followed by Sirocco, commissioned by Charles Davies, designed in 1938, built in 1939 by Taylor Brothers also of Battery Point. They were both built of Huon pine and other fine timbers, they had very similar lengths, 44ft, and were both designed to be cutting edge racing yachts. Both competed in different Sydney/Hobart races over the years. Both left Tasmanian shores early somewhere in the mid 1940\'s, for various locations on the mainland, never to meet again......until. \"The Derwent Gift \" brainchild of Ken Lewis, local sailor and catering identity, thought how wonderful it would be to give back to the community what the Derwent has given us, that is superbly crafted classic yachts, and the talented veteran sailors who raced back in that era, ina recreation of Hobarts Derwent river racing, there for everyone to enjoy and relive. Sirocco has made her way home and is based in Hobart. Landfall is based in Sydney and will be making her way down the coast, across Bass Strait and through Storm Bay. Reunited, together again after more than half a century, these two yachts will match race on the Derwent, following a similar course as in the early 40\'s helmed by renowned sailors of the era. On the sidelines of the course will be other classic boats, yachts, and old salts recreating a bygone scene of the glamorous heyday of yachting in Tasmania. The challenge of the \"Derwent Gift will be held in the first week of February, following which, both yachts will be on show at the My State Tasmanian Wooden Boat Festival. A warm invitation is extended to all veteran sailors and vintage craft, of the era to be a part of this nostalgic event further information will follow leading up to the date.

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TransPac 2013

 Legend (born Kay), S&S design 1110, a 1954, A&R-built yawl, and Dorade is planning to do the race and invite other to form a critical mass so that a special vintage class might be formed. Further information for those interested may be found on

BABE II is launched

One of Olin Stephen\'s favourite early designs, the 30 ft Babe has at last been reincarnated . The project was supervised by Olin himself in the last years before he died. For a full story see the attached PDF

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Cross Channel Regatta for Swans 2013

Classic Channel Regatta – July 6th – 13th 2013


I am writing to invite all classic Swan owners to the next Classic Channel Regatta. Attached is an invitation with an overview of the regatta, and full information is on the regatta website at


Also to let you know that the eligibility date for entry has changed. It used to be launched before the end of 1976, but it is now designed before that date, so that should make many more early Swans eligible.

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The 2012 NYYC Classic Cruise and Races Newport

The Sparkman & Stephens Mitch Gibbons Neff Memorial Cup which was presented to the Museum of Yachting a few years back to commemorate \'Mitch\' and which is awarded each year to the best performing S & S design in this event was this year won by Swansong a 1969 Swan 36 owned by James Lawler of Westbury, CT. The event is sponsored by the Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge. Swansong won class blue GRP winning the first and second races. See attached pdf.

The owner writes: '

I bought Swansong 14 years ago.  She had been delivered to Wisconsin originally.  I believe that I am the third owner.  She was out of service for several years after being washed onto a stone breakwater in Chicago.  After rebuilding she was raced single handed in the Chicago area.  When I bought her she was moved to the east coast.  Shortly after delivery she was dropped from a lift in the boatyard.  She landed on her stem and rolled onto her port side.  Damage was extensive.  Engineers from S&S examined her and determined that she could be repaired.  So after suffering serious damage twice she still performs.

I have just completed a full restoration.  Hull has been refinished.   The engine has been replaced.  She has been re wired.  All trim, coamings, interior bulkheads and teak are either re finished or replaced.

 I have to credit the success in the Newport races to the boat.  I myself am 70 years old and haven't competed in 30 years.  I am a recreational sailor.  The boat was clearly superior to those in her class.  You will see from the results that there were 5 boats in our class.  Days before the event the rules were modified to allow use of spinnakers.  We had no spinnaker.  Three boats did use them.  The S&S boat performed so well that we built enough of a lead to windward and reaching that they were unable to catch us on the runs. '


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The 2013 Association AGM and Dinner

Annual General Meeting in London

12 - 14 April 2013


After a vote by the membership the location for the Annual General Meeting for 2013 has been selected as London. As you can imagine, there is no end of interesting subjects for a visit to London. Indeed, you are spoilt for choice. So our recommendation is to extend your visit to this magnificent city and pursue you own special interest

The event programme will be announced later but for now,

           Please put the dates in your diary

          Book your hotel accommodation if you would like to use the recommended one described below, or....

          Book the marina


We recommend you use the Premier Inn, Borough Market. It is centrally located, of a decent quality and, for London, reasonably priced. If you book now you will secure the lowest price and you can cancel up to the day before the event without any penalty. Click here to book.

The hotel is located close to the Thames and within 15 minutes walk you can reach The Golden Globe (Shakespeare theatre), The Rose Theatre  (the oldest in London), the Golden Hind (a precise replica of an English galleon best known for its circumnavigation of the globe between 1577 and 1580, captained by Sir Francis Drake), Borough Market (London's most renowned food market), Saint Katharine Dock, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Tate Modern . The list goes on.


Imagine mooring in central London with a view of Tower Bridge. This is exactly what you can experience in Saint Katharine Dock. Funded by a Parliament act in 1825, it quickly gained a reputation for handling valuable cargoes from all over the world. As late as the 1930s, St Katharine Dock enjoyed a roaring trade and was described as a focal point for the world's greatest concentration of portable wealth. Between the two world wars, the world's trade ships grew too large for St Katharine Dock and it was instead employed in war work.

Today Saint Katharine Dock is a haven of martime activity, nestled in the heart of the City of London, with a marina that houses up to 200 yachts and historic barges.

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Report of the 2012 AGM in Denmark

Please find attached a pdf reporting on the events at the 2012 AGM

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A new video featuring Olin Stephens

The Mystic Seaport Museum have issued a new video on Olin. To access this please click this link: this is a brilliantly produced quality video with much new footage and we are so grateful to the Seaport for this.

Pangur Ban

Pangur Ban, a Loki class that was at one time in Maine and then in the UK, and which is in impeccable condition was awarded the Prix du Yacht de Tradition de l\'Année by Le Yacht Club Classique as the boat best representing the honneur aux valeurs de la belle plaisance. Readers may remember that the Loki class was in the early 1950s one of Olin Stephen\'s favorites for her elegance, ease of handling and safety.


The Plymouth - La Rochelle Revival Race

There are now 30 boats pre-registered or entered for this race, but only 9 of them are British, so if you haven’t made any plans yet for the last week in July this is a late call to come and join us for what promises to be a great offshore race for classics. The race has a stopover at Douranenez on the way down and it’s a lovely cruise back home from La Rochelle through the islands of Ile de Yeu, Belle Ile, Ile de Groix and the mainland coast. The first Plymouth La Rochelle yacht race, organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) with the support of the Société des Régates Rochelaises (SRR) and the Royal Western Yacht Club of Plymouth (RWYC), was first raced in 1939. Interrupted during World War II, the race started again in 1947 and continued until 1981. The race is from July 24-31. All S & S yachts are welcome. For more information see





Terry Sprake - A Last Farewell

Terry’s daughter Tamsin has arranged with Andrew Cheyne \'Mornings End\' (previously Terry’s S&S 34) to scatter Terry\'s ashes on Saturday 9th June 2012. Departure will be about 10.00 hrs probably from Warsash Sailing Club or the HM jetty in Warsash. Any member who wants to attend, please join the flotilla

Sparkman^ Stephens Challenge Cup

The Challenge Cup is awarded at the AGM to the yacht that in the preceding year, secured a class or overall win by the greatest percentage corrected time margin relative to the next placed yacht, in either an offshore or around the cans race. For odd-numbered years the cup is awarded to a yacht that has won a nationally recognised race of not less than 15 nautical miles around the buoys, while for even-numbered years the cup is awarded based on results achieved in an offshore race of not less than 25 miles that includes at least one overnight passage.

Recent winners

The Global Regatta Challenge Cup is normally awarded at the AGM the year following the actual race.

2010 Germany Sasha

Racing in 2009 Albrecht Peters earned the trophy by winning the Helgoland to Edinburgh race in Sasha. It was both a group win and an overall win against ultra modern racing machines of up to 80 ft. 1996    Holland
1997    Sweden
1998    S England
1999    S England
2000    Olin J Stephens
2001    S England Prospect of Whitby
2002    USA NE Falcon
2003    USA SE Finnesterre
2004    USA NE Falcon2005    W Australia Huckleberry
2006    Germany Sasha
2007    Finland Tarantelle ll
2008    Sunstone England
2009    USA Dorade
2010    Germany Sasha
2011    USA Marionette
2012    Australia Constellation

Recent winners

The Global Regatta Challenge Cup is normally awarded at the AGM the year following the actual race.

2010 Germany Sasha

Racing in 2009 Albrecht Peters earned the trophy by winning the Helgoland to Edinburgh race in Sasha. It was both a group win and an overall win against ultra modern racing machines of up to 80 ft

2011 USA Marionette

In 2010 the trophy was awarded to Ron Breault in Marionette for her performance in the Off Soundings Club Spring Series - Around Block Island Race.2012 Australia Constellation

The latest win has been achieved by Michael Finn in his S&S 34, Constellation. Mike won The Fremantle to Busselton Iberia Race in 2011 with an impressive margin. Constellation won her IRC division 2 by 33 minutes plus overall IRC 1 & 2 divisions by 3 minutes, a terrific performance.

Michael Finn’s new born S&S 34 is a most interesting and inspiring development which sees the original design executed in modern materials. You can read the interesting story on the Australian S&S 34 Association web site


Restoration progress of Bonne Amie

For those of you interested in wooden boats the owner of boone Amie has instituted a blogspot for his perfectionist restoration of his Nevins 40. The boat is nearing completion after several years. The finished product is better than when she went down the ways at Nevins. See

S&S Association fastnet Challenge Cup 2011 award

The Royal Ocean Racing Club\'s PA Becci Brooke has advised that the 2011 Sparkman & Stephens trophy was won by an S&S classic Swan 65: \"Desperado of Cowes\" raced and owned by Richard Loftus. She has a formidable racing history stretching back over 25 years. As many know the race started on Sunday 14th August at 12.30 hrs and \"Desperado\" finish was Tuesday 16th August at 14:07:05 hrs. in 7th place on corrected time. An excellent race against many modern high-tech yachts, proving again the excellence of Olin\'s designs. \"Desperado\" has a very interesting history and worth Googling to read. One fun sight is in the Jewish Chronicle


The new S&S 30

Find here the latest offering from Sparkman & Stephens a new update of the highly successful British built S&S 30 of the late 1960s and 1970s. Yet in some ways this new boat maybe takes over the heritage of the exquisite She 31 and IW31 one of the prettiest production boats ever. The new boat will be shown as a design project at the New England Boat Fair shortly.


The Association AGM 2012 advance notice

The \"Organizing Committee\" hereby likes to announce the Sparkman & Stephens Association\'s AGM 2012  !

Is will be held from May 10th to 13th, 2012
It will held at              Dyvig, Isle of Als in Denmark (55°02\'4 N / 9° 42\'17 E)
It is a small cute new Hotel, located at the waterfront of the impressive \"forth\" of Dyvig in Denmark.

Book now !

Hotel operates exclusively for the S&S event 2012,
Additional accommodation is offered on historical Yachts berthed in front of the Hotel as should be offered on members S&S yachts...

Keep the Association alive !
Keep the boats alive !
Come to Dyvig on own keel ! Free berthing is organized.
Come to meet the family !
See the marvelous surroundings !

At least come !
Easy to take flights via Copenhagen/Kastrup to Sonderborg
Free shuttle service is organized......

web page is published :
as is e-mail address :

Let us know, if you have any question or need any help.
Thank you.

Please see the attached PDF for an enrollment form

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Design 1978 - Valiant wins Olin Stephens Trophy

Design 1978 - Valiant was the winner of the Sparkman & Stephens Association Olin Stephens Trophy presented to the Museum of Yachting, Mass., for the best performance by a S & S design in the NYYC summer cruise/race series. For details of Valiant please click the PDF

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Terence (Terry) Sprake 1923-2012 Obituary

In the attached PDF you will find an obituary for Terry Sprake

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Funeral arrangements for the late Terry Sprake, Founding Chairman

Venues       The funeral will be held at 2:30pm on Thursday 26th January 2012 in The North Chapel at Portchester Crematorium, Upper Cornaway Lane, Portchester, Hampshire PO16 8NE.  Maps are attached. in a PDF. Click the PDF icon

 This will be followed by a gathering with food and drink at the Warsash Sailing Club, Shore House, Shore Road, Warshash SO31 9FS.  Directions can be found here

 Dress Code      Please don’t feel obliged to wear black.  Gents, blazers are fine.

 Flowers     Flowers will not be required but any donations to one our father’s favourite charities, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution or The Gurkha Welfare Trust would be greatly appreciated.  If you are happy to do this, could we please ask you to make cheques payable to one or other of the charities and then send, along with your name and address and whether you are eligible for Gift Aid, to A.G. Stapleford & Sons, FAO the late Terry Sprake, 6 Powerscourt Road, North End, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO2 7JN

 We will completely understand if you are unable to attend the funeral.  If, instead, you would like to send us a few words with your memories of Terry, we will arrange for these to be read out at the service.

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Terry Sprake

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Terry Sprake on January 6th 2012. Terry was a founding member of this Association and for many years its first dynamic chairman. Many will remember his \'esprit\' at the annual dinners. A biography of Terry Sprake was published in the 2003 Yearbook and is reproduced on this site on line. To access this in the menu go to  Publications and then Articles towards the bottom of the list. An obituary will be posted shortly.

Saving Polly

A new blog has been set up on the process of rebuilding the famous Nevins built 56 foot racing boat Polly built by Henry Nevins for his own use. To access the blog go to

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A rendez-vous in Seattle 2012

A Sparkman & Stephens Rendezvous will be held at Elliott Bay Marina (Seattle, WA), the weekend of June 9, 2012. If you have a boat designed by Sparkman & Stephens either power or sail, you are encouraged to attend this event. Elliott Bay Marina is providing free weekend moorings for all boats participating in this Rendezvous, and there will be an opportunity to see other S&S boats and talk with other owners. There will be catered hors d’oeuvres served during the afternoon no-host cocktail party for Rendezvous participants.

The Rendezvous is being held in conjunction with the Leukemia Cup. The Leukemia Cup is a fun filled sailboat race to raise money for and awareness of leukemia and lymphoma. Over $39 million dollars has been raised nationally since the Leukemia Cup was started. The Leukemia Cup will have a sailboat race on Saturday afternoon followed by an evening dinner and auction. Skippers register their boats and recruit their friends and colleagues to help crew and raise funds. The $150 registration fee includes two tickets to the after-party that evening, an event t-shirt and a skipper swag bag. You are encouraged to participate in the Leukemia Cup but it is not mandatory.

Please contact to answer any questions you might have, or to let them know that you will be attending. Information is available at Leukemia Cup information is available at Registration for the Leukemia Cup will be available at a discount at the Seattle Boat Show in January, 2012 and through the Leukemia Cup website

Falcon wins her class in the Halifax race

In the summer of 2011 and to coincide with the NY32 75th Anniversary the veteran NY 32 hull no 6  built in 1936 raced 400 miles in ORR Class from Marblehead to Halifax winning her class. She had started 20 minutes behind a contemporary J135 beating her to win silver. Skippered by Bob Scott and with a crew of 9 average age 59 this was a triumph indeed and a comment by one of her modern adversary competitors says it all.... this has set yacht design back by over 20 years!

The NY32 celebrates a 75th Anniversary

 The 75th Anniversary Party for the NY 32 Class was held at Station 10 at Harbor Court, New York Yacht Club. Station 10 was the NYYCs first clubhouse, built in 1845 in Hoboken, New Jersey. The clubhouse has been located in a few places over the years but has made its permanent home at Harbor Court for the past ten years.

The highlight of the evening was a talk by (former NYYC) Commodore Henry (Harry) Anderson, age 90, who watched the NY32s being built at Nevins (including his parents boat) when he was 15 years old. That same year (1936) he sailed the Bermuda Race on his parents boat. His parents owned their original NY32 for 35 years.

 After winning a design competition from the New York Yacht Club for a new one-design class, 20 original boats were built by Nevins of City Island at a cost of $11,000 each.

As Olin once said We set out to design a good cruiser/racer with good all-around form, guided by the lines of Dorade, Stormy Weather and Edlu, and emphasized seaworthiness rather than around-the-mark agility.

The following boats will be represented at the Newport dinner:
Apache, #2
Falcon, #6
Salty, #9
Isla, #10
Sapphire, #15
Night Heron, #16
Gentian, #18
Siren, #20
Masquerade, #21


Sparkman & Stephens Inc moves from NY to Connecticut

S & S Inc. are pleased to announce that after 82 years of continuous operation in New York City, our New York design and brokerage office has relocated to Greenwich, Connecticut, effective today.

Mention Greenwich, Connecticut, anywhere and chances are most people will have heard of it. It is the premier town along what is often referred to as the Connecticut Gold Coast. The town\'s unique beauty lies within its preservation of colonial history, with rolling hills, vast woodlands, sprawling meadows and picturesque shorelines. Access to Long Island Sound is by the idyllic Cos Cob Harbor, Smith Cove, Indian Harbor and Greenwich Harbor.

The town is home to many well-known artists, writers, actors and sports figures along with top to middle management corporate executives and leaders in the worlds of finance and communications. In addition, Greenwich Avenue is the epicenter of the finest collection of restaurants, rivaling those in Manhattan, and offers luxury shopping on what is sometimes referred to as the Rodeo Drive of the East.

The principal motivation for the move is to be closer to the sailing communities and boat yards of Long Island Sound and New England and also where many of our clients spend their leisure time, rather then their working hours. It will also move us that much closer to our Newport, Rhode Island office.

Located only thirty miles from Manhattan, transportation is made simple via interstate 95, the Merritt Parkway, and Metro North Railroad. Express trains from New York City\'s Grand Central Terminal are 45 minutes in duration. For air travelers, Westchester County Airport is just minutes away. LaGuardia and JFK airports are also within easy reach.

Contact: Sparkman & Stephens
170 Mason Street
Greenwich, Ct 06830
Tel: +1 203 687 4700
Fax: +1 203 654 7138

Sasha to compete in the Trans Atlantic June 26 2011

The extremes of crossing the Atlantic Ocean will be experienced by crews competing in the upcoming Transatlantic Race 2011. This adventure challenge, which aims to add 2,975 nautical miles to its participants’ log books, starts off in Newport, R.I. (on Sunday, June 26; Wednesday, June 29; and Sunday, July 3) and expects to greet its first finisher off Lizard Point in South Cornwall (UK) sometime in mid-July.
Sasha, the beautiful 42’ Olin Stephens design, takes part, skippered by Albrecht Peters, crewed by Erika Peters, Chris Beech, and Ron Mellon, all S&S Association members.


Minutes of the 2011 AGM at Falmouth

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By Tartan 34 from Hamburg to the Caribbean

Members may be inspired to  chance their arm and live a dream. In the attached pdf is the tale of two S & S enthusiasts sailing their 43 year old Tartan 34 from Hamburg to the Caribbean. Be inspired!

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SASHA will attend AGM and then compete in 2011 Transatlantic

The Peters have communicated that they will be sailing Sasha from Hamburg in May in time to be present at the 2011 Falmouth Association AGM. Thereafter the boat will be shipped to the US in time to compete in the 2011 Transatlantic. Members who are interested in crewing and who particularly have all weather galley experience should contact the Peters in time for June 17th preparations in New York. The race will be close in date to the 80th anniversary of Dorade\'s historic win in 1931. Although Sasha will be outclassed by more modern competitors she is extremely fast and will benefit from a competitive rating. For full details read the PDF below.

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S & S Association Global regatta 2010-11

The annual tradition of the Global Regatta Competition was broken in 2009-10 as no competitors came forward with results and so the silver Challenge Cup was not presented at the 2010 AGM. Race results are now solicited from any member who was placed in an offshore race including an overnight passage or a round the buoys race of at least 16 miles during the course of 2010, said race to have been organised by a recognised yacht club and authorised by a national body. You are invited to send results to latest by 15 April 2011 giving your placement, details of the race, elapsed times, and details of the results of the other placed yachts. The winner will be announced at the AGM in Falmouth and the cup engraved with the winning yachts name.

The 2011 Association AGM in Falmouth

Members should be advised that the 2011 Meeting and Dinner and AGM will this year be organised by a UK member in Falmouth, Cornwall. Consequently the complete details regarding the venue are hosted on the UK Regional site at

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Minutes of the Association 2010 AGM

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Obituary for Eino Antinoja

The S&S Association’s Honorary Life Member Eino Antinoja has let all lines go as of October 26th 2010 after a lingering illness. He built his first boat at the age of 28 and participated with one hundred other sailors in the Pavillon d´Or - Race in 1953, the great adventure of that time, and came in second in Düsseldorf on the river Rheine. His merits as an expert in building wooden boats were recognized as he built a modified Finisterre yawl designed by Sparkman & Stephens in 1961. All together he built 16 wooden boats in his boatyard in Huhmari, all except the first in mahogany. The renowned designers were S&S, A.H.Buchanan, J.G.Alden, A.Laurin, C.R.Holman and Å.Sandström. A number of serial production boats by S&S in GRP followed: S&S 6.6, Antilla 30, Antilla 36. All his boats were very successful in racing; a result of the three important factors when racing: best design, best craftsmanship and best sailors. Eino Antinoja’s boats are built to excellent quality with care and solid construction. He raced successfully nationally and internationally for over fifty years. He was known as an outspoken personality who never left his friends in the lurch. He was awarded the National Prize of applied Arts in 1970 for his work as a boat builder. \" Eino Antinoja is not awarded for preserving transitory hand crafting, but rather for innovation, for being able to combine inventiveness and craftsmanship. He has been building sailing yachts.\"


Antti Muuronen

SSA Finland

And the 2010 winner of the Association Olin Memorial Cup is

Guia a 1969 S & S design that once belonged to the renowned Italian yachtsman Giorgio Falck (for her history see the pdf below). This year the prize was not awarded for the Argentario series but instead for the best performance by an S & S design in the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge which includes voiles d\'Antibes, St. Tropez, imperia, Cannes and Pt. Mahon race series. She classed second in the series only two points behind the winner. in the 1970s she circled the globe in a circumnavigation.

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S & S association Mitch Gbbons-Neff Memorial Cup

As in the last two years the Association Cup was awarded for the best performance by an S & S design in the NYYC cruise and associated races with the award taking place at the Museum of Yachting, Newport. The cup this year was won by Sonny, a favorite of Olin,s and a close relation to Stormy Weather. The cup was put on display.

2011 S & S Association AGM information

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The new Sparkman & Stephens Inc Blog

Bruce Johnson has instituted a fantastic new blog about S & S boats and designs. To access the blog go to

We hope shortly to have a direct link from a menu button on our front page.

Jessica Watson and another record breaking S&S34 circumnavigation

Well, some of us had our doubts about the wisdom of her trip and whether a 16 year old could manage it, but Jessica proved all the sceptics wrong by completing a solo unassisted circumnavigation with remarkably few dramas (other than her initial pre-start hiccup).  This despite some very nasty weather at times and a rollover in the South Atlantic.


It would be easy for those unfamiliar with her trip to put this down to “good luck”.  In fact, it involved a combination of very thorough preparation, good advice, careful planning, and considerable skill and mental toughness on Jessica’s part.  Not to mention a very good selection of boat!


It is interesting to contrast Jessica’s voyage with that of her ill-fated “competitor” the American Abby Sunderland. I don’t know about Abby’s sailing experience or skill, but I think that the factors which brought her venture undone were the same as those which ensured Jessica’s success – ie preparation and boat selection.  The fact that she ended up trying to sail across the Southern Ocean in winter (in itself a risky decision) was also secondary to these factors.


Abby’s team chose an Open 40 – a high tech, wide flat bottomed racing boat with a thin blade rudder and keel.  These were designed for solo ocean racing, but by strong, experienced sailors, who knew they were still taking a risk in racing them.  Even they didn’t try the Southern Ocean in winter!  Any amateur yacht designer would see these boats as high speed downwind racers, with limited inherent seaworthiness and stability dependent on beam not ballast ratio.  Unable to safely accept windvane steering they require constant use of electric autopilots.  Unreliability of her electrics, electronics and autopilot was a key factor in delaying and ultimately ending Abby’s non-stop attempt.  



Jamie Dunross and another record breaking S&S34 circumnavigation (of Australia)


Those of you who have been following Jamie’s progress around Australia will already know that he returned home to Rockingham, Western Australia on Sunday July 25th.


Jamie trip was if anything even more amazing than Jessica’s. Jamie is a C5 quadriplegic, which in simple terms means no use of his legs and limited use of his arms. Although he has won medals for Australia in Para-Olympic sailing, long distance solo ocean cruising is a totally different kettle of fish.

Jamie left Fremantle on 18th March and circumnavigated Australia solo and unassisted in 57 sailing days.  This is the second fastest solo circumnavigation ever made, the only faster on being an able bodied sailor in a 40’ racing boat.  His trip from Darwin to Fremantle was 2000nm completed non-stop. Jamie well and truly now holds the record for the longest solo sailing voyage by a quadriplegic sailor. The Association has the highest admiration for this outstanding achievement from a great Australian and world class sailor.


Report of the 2010 Association AGM and Dinner

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Association AGM and Meeting 2011

It has been decided that the 2011 AGM , Annual Dinner and Events will take place in Falmouth May 21st

Windhound Alloy 48 ft saved

In August of 2008 S & S Inc. sent out a cry for help to rescue a vintage S&S boat from being sent to the scrap yard.  The boat was rescued and moved to the Great Lakes for restoring.  Now, nearly two years later, the boat is almost finished a complete rebuild and on the market for resale.
Thanks to a wonderful new owner, the decision was made to restore the ex \"Windhound\" to better than new condition.  The boat has undergone a keel up transformation into a shining example of how you can take a classic and make it even better.

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Tartan 34 in the Transat

The Tartan 34 Rubicon is participating in the Transat. To see the latesT Report and images fo to



Scroll over the green star to view Rubicon’s latest position, nearest city, speed, and time of latest position

Hunt for models

S & S Inc have placed the following post: We are on the hunt for the full scale models of ELIZABETH MCCAW Des No 150 and BLITZEN Design No. 221. They were constructed by Joseph Appleton, who is justifiably regarded as one of the best yacht model makers of all time, The International Yacht Restoration School / Museum of Yachting are opening an exhibition of his work next month, and we would like to help them locate these models and perhaps even include them in the exhibit. The Museum would also like to find the Appleton model of a 50 sports fisherman from Chicago named TADPOLE. If anyone know of their whereabouts, please let me know. Thank you!

S & S 75 metre Schooner!

S & S have announced they are designing a new 75 metre super schooner. For details see the PDF

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Dorade is again for sale

Dorade, the legendary yacht in which Olin and Rod sailed to victory in 1931 in the Transatlantic is again for sale. Restored in Italy in the late 90s she was brought back again to America a few years ago where it was found that the restoration had been less than total. All the deficiencies found were then rectified. She is now for sale for an asking price of $950,000. See the PDF

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2010 Association AGM and Rendez Vous

The S & S AGM and Annual Meeting and associated dinner will take place 25-27 June 2010 at the Real Club Nautico Barcelona.

The programme is viewable on  For all further information please contact:

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Loki Class for sale

Anyone looking to buy a small, seagoing S and S classic should contact the webmaster. An acquaintence is tryto find a home for a fully restored 1953 LOKI class LOA 38 ft. This is one od Olin\'s all time favourite desiigns. They are more sea kindly and sea worthy in a heavy blow than many moder designs.They are narrow, and really handsome, an eye turner if ever there was one. Their is input on this design from the great Aage Nielsen, olin\'s friend. The house roof is particularly elegant. Four berths, icebox, galley, 29hp Albin diesa. This boat is one of the first two built with low freeboard and therefore exceptional elegance. Available in the US East Coast for a derisory $29,500.


New 56 Metre World Cruising Ketch

S & S announce a new 56 metre world cruising ketch - see illustration


S & S Yearbooks 2003 - 2008

I am posting this message to let members know that I still have a small cache of earlier yearbooks which can be made available to members for the postage cost of £ 1.50 to the UK and £5 to the rest of the world. All these issues contain interesting articles not available elsewhere on S & S subjects. Please contact the webmaster.

2002/3 Terry Sprake - a Snapshot;  The S&S 34 - A Classic Ocean Racer/Cruiser/Voyager;

2004/5 NY32s versus Cal 32s.  75th S&S Anniversary and associated articles. Cape to Castine race.

2005/6 A Legend Looks to the Future - Olin Stephens at 96. Where Performance Meets Aesthetics by Olin Stephens. The restoration of Argyll. Argyll and her racing history. Comet to Cometa - a restoration. Pocket Cruisers and Racers - a round up of thirty footers by S&S down the years.  Helsinki AGM report etc.....

2006/7 Sprats and Minnows -  S&S designs smaller than 30 feet  through the years.  Repairing Decks. Restoration of a Nevins A 40 ft yawl.Adventures in Sweden and Maine. \'Hit the Deck\' the story of a 35 footer. New Yachts to be built by Morris. An interview with Olin. The Treguier AGM. White Cloud a 45\' c/b yawl.

2007/8 Sirocco - in search of a classic in Australia. The Helsinki AGM. The story of the DUKW.  Aage Nielsen and the Boston S&S office.  Build  A New S&S 34. Repairing a cockpit.  Refastening a bottom.  Tartan 34s. Refitting a Swan 43 deck. A new deck for a Swan 38. The story of the Elies brothers. The story of Sinisterre a sister to Finisterre. A carbon mast for Sasha. Obituaries for Mitch Gibbons Neff and Carlton Mitchell and Bill Shaw...A Case of the ever shorter (too short!) keel. The Copenhagen AGM. Resurrecting the J Class..........and much more.


New UK and Northern ireland Website

The UK arm of the S & S Association announce that they are preparing a UK regional website which will be accessable though the Association\'s website menu under  'Regional'. The new website can also be found under and it is hoped that it will be on line early in 2010. View the PDF to see what the site will look like

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The famous 12 metre Vim, built by Nevin and launched in 1939 set the standards for metre boat design for many years and was still used as a trial horse in the first post war challenge in 1958 against Sceptre for the America's Cup. She has just been placed on the market with an asking price of 1,400,000 euros.


S & S 34 Association

The  S & S 34 Association has redesigned its newsletter The Grapevine  and  Col Sanders has replaced Dick Newham at the recent AGM. Simon Torvaldsen who has been running the excellent website at  www.  is also editing the newsletter. The current news includes the finding of the first 34 hull to be imported into Australia in 1969. She was Cicely June intended for the Sydney-Hobart and she competed against Morning Cloud. There is also news of a hull rebuilt and  finished in wood in Latvia.

S & S Association Olin Stephens Memorial Cup

This cup was donated to AIVE for the best performance by an S & S in the Porto Santo Sefano/Argentario summer series. The series did not take place this year so an award of the cup was proposed for races taking place in September in Sardegna at Porto Rotondo on the Costa Smeralda which effectively replaced the Argentario series. Unfortuneately only one S & S participated and was placed towards the back of the fleet so the cup was not awarded this year.

The S & S Association Mitch Gibbons Neff Memorial Cup

The race series at the Museum of Yachting, Newport took place over the first weekend of September 4-6. This was the 30th Annual Event sponsored by Panerai and presented by Land Rover North America. The cup which was donated by a select band of members of the Association in 2008 was won this year by Black Watch formerly called Edlu II see and


Swan regatta Elba

Gavin Howe and his Black Swan won a Bulgari watch at this summer\\\'s Swan regatta in Elba. The next Swan classic regatta will be in 2011. Classic S & S Swan owners are invited to attend the Sparkman & Stephens Asociation AGM and dinner events in Barcelona in 2010


The new Ranger

Ranger was one of the most famous J-Class yachts ever to sail, responsible for launching the Sparkman & Stephens era in the America\'s Cup by successfully defending against the 1937 British challenger, Endeavor II, in four straight races.  It was clear that Ranger was a far superior boat when she defeated Endeavor II by a full two miles in race one of the series.
The original design was a joint effort between W. Starling Burgess and Sparkman & Stephens, who tank-tested a total of seven different hull shapes before settling on the \"best.\"  So, when Sparkman & Stephens was asked to develop a new \"Super-J\" for a class aficionado, they launched an in-depth study of all the J-Class hull lines in their extensive library.  All hull lines were assessed with a wide range of construction methods in mind, and one clear star was revealed.
While developing the new design, the tradition and elegance of the J-Class was respected at every step.  The new \"Super-J\" uses cold-molded wood construction on the hull and deck, fastened to stainless steel frames.  Modern, lightweight systems and lightweight joinery allow ballast to be maximized, yielding the best sailing performance for the yacht.

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S & S Classic News from the USA

East Passage Boatwrights have been busy carrying out repairs to the exquisitely beautiful Skylark which the writer knew when she was located in Florida in the Everglades cooking in the sun. Skylark is, if that can be possible, an even prettier cousin to Stormy Weather which she resembles.  She has had new deck joinery, cap rails,, cockpit well, coamings , hatches and systems. By coincedence EPB have carried out work on Olin\'s most favoured design, the race winning Sonny, which is a close cousin to Stormy Weather, faster, and with fuller aft sections. Like Dorade she had had a full recent rebuild at Cantiere dell\'Argentario in Porto Stefano but just as Dorade (but fortuneately to a lesser extent) she has needed further remedial work on arriving in the US comprising reinforcement of the mast partners and the replacement of 20 broken frames forward and a truss system to spread the mast loading

The 6 metre series this summer should prove exciting with several true classic S & S designs of the vintage years participating including Goose, Cherokee and Jill which was totally rebuilt last year. It will be remembered that in the 1930s Olin made his name with 6 metre designs.

Report of the 2009 S&S AGM Meet in Edinburgh

The report of the AGM Meeting and associated Dinner and Events in Edinburgh is attached in PDF form below with illustrations.

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The Six Metre Cherokee is launched

On May 30th Cherokee was launched at the IYRS, Newport. She is a replica of the 1930 olin Stephens design and was built at the Museum of Yachting. The shipwrights were headed by David Stimson from Boothbay Shipyard and the team was composed of IYRS graduates. She will participate in the 6m World Cup in Newport later this year.

Global Challenge Trophy Award for 2008

  The S & S Association Annual Global Challenge Trophy Award 2008-9

 Members will remember that at the last AGM this trophy was awarded for the astounding win by Sunstone two handed round north and south islands new Zealand against contemporary ‘go-fast’ designs. Last year the cup was designated for an offshore race and this year it is for a round the buoys race of at least 18 Nautical miles. As usual I have had to beat the drums to elicit responses from competitors and this seems strange since it was advertised on the website twice. Nevertheless we received three responses from Dorade, the redoubtable Tarantella II and from the diminutive Marionette. Tarantella, a Swan 37 and  past winner won the 26.2 mile Henry Lloyd race organised by the Helsingfors Segelklubb by 2.02% against modern competition. Leif Ramm-Schmidt is to be congratulated on his winning ways. Dorade won the 19.6 mile Castine Classic Yacht Race by a margin of 4.6% against classic competition with the 52 ft Q Class Falcon second, followed by two New York 32s. This win which your webmaster witnessed, was also under the watchful eye of Olin Stephens on the Committee Launch. Olin was celebrating his 100th Anniversary and later told friends seeing Dorade win was the best birthday present he could ever have received!

However, the most remarkable win was made by Ron Breault in his standard Dolphin 24 Marionette racing in a two day event organised by the Off Soundings Club on Long Island Sound for their 75th Spring Series. Marionette won both races decisively first in light air beating a Morgan 28 and an O’Day 34, and  won the Block Island Race by 7 minutes against the next competitor in class C6 with a total fleet of over 100. Because of a Dolphin’s shoal draft she can go into ‘Dolphin Territory’ where other yachts follow at their peril – a Dolphin can draw as little as 2ft 9 in. Keel yachts follow at their peril and many tens of thousands of dollars of keel damage have resulted over the years!

In consequence the Cup has been awarded to Dorade.


The Tartan 34 Association

The T34 is one of the best loved S & S series creations together with the S & S 34. A new website for owners has opened at

A Quadraplegic attempts first solo circumnavigation

Jamie Dunross wants to become the first quadriplegic sailor to circle the globe unassisted.

A talented and determined able-bodied sailor, Jamie lost the use of his legs and part of the use of his arms, rendering him a C5 quadriplegic as the result of an industrial accident at the age of 23 in 1988.

Jamie endured a long, painful and often emotional period of recovery but eventually regained his interest in sailing. With the support of family and friends he has reached amazing heights, including a gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics.

He also mentors youth crews and works with two community programs, Sail Into Life and Sailing for the Disabled.

Now this remarkable athlete wants to conquer the world!

To view Jamie\'s progress visit his blog at


A new President for S & S Inc

With the demise of Olin Stephens last year the Presidency has been vacant. Bruce Johnson, who has served as Executive Vice President since 2007 and Chief Designer since 1998, has been appointed President of the corporation by the Board of Directors.  Bruce worked as a designer with Sparkman & Stephens from 1989 - 1993 and then returned to S&S as Chief Designer in 1998.  Frederic De Clercq, a senior yacht designer with S&S since 1999, has been promoted to Executive Vice President.

News from S & S Inc Summer 2009

To see the latest news from S & S and all the exciting projects in hand please open the PDF by clicking on the symbol below.

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S & S Announce new 130 ft Spirit if Tradition Superyacht

Length Overall:             130'-0"             39.64m
Length Waterline:          110'-0"             33.50m
Beam:                             24'-8"               7.50m
Draft:                             13'-6"               4.10m
Sail Area:                       4800sq.ft.          445sq.m.
Displacement:                265,000lbs         120 MT
Naval Architect:             Sparkman & Stephens
Interior Design:              Sparkman & Stephens

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Updated Programme for the June AGM and Dinner

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Newport Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta

The 30th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta, sponsored by Panerai

September 4-6, 2009

Excitement builds. This year’s regatta will be the convergence of three events: the start of Six Meter Worlds, the New England Huckins rendezvous, and the 30th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta (CYR). We are pleased to report that title sponsor Panerai will not only be returning for the 30th CYR, but have also agreed to be part of the International Yacht Restoration School’s annual gala on July 11. We’re all interested in hearing about Panerai’s progress on the restoration of their lovely Fife, Eilean. The 1936 ketch is being restored at the Francesco de Carlo boatyard in Viareggio, Italy.

According to our friends at Sail Newport, the CYR Notice of Race will be posted by mid-May at with a direct link from the museum’s website. Shortly thereafter, The Museum of Yachting, home of the CYR and Huckins Rendezvous, will post its event sign-ups and related information at In the meantime, if you have questions or want the inside scoop at what boats are lining up, please contact Cristina Marfuggi at 401-848-5777, extension 202, or email her at

A number of S & S yachts will be competing in these events.

LAST CALL- S & S Global Regatta Competition Cup 2009

Each year the Cup is awarded at the annual dinner for the best performance submitted by a member\\\'s yacht. The criteria alternate and the race has to be one organised by a nationally recognised authority. One year the award is for an offshore race of over 100 NM and an overnight passage, the next year it is for a race round fixed marks or buoys in daylight of at least 18 NM. For 2008/9 the award is for the race round the buoys. Anyone who has been placed can submit the times elapsed and the corrected times of the other contestants from the official results in order to be considered for the award.. The winner is the yacht with the widest percentage margin over the other competitors. The silver engraved Challenge Cup will be awarded at the AGM Dinner.

You are invited to submit your results by the end of April to Patrick Matthiesen. This is the last call!



Accomodation in Edinburgh for 2009 AGM

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The 2009 AGM & Dinner

The AGM & Dinner this year is being held  at The Royal Forth Yacht Club (Edinburgh) June  12-14. The schedule will include racing on the Forth, a buffet lunch and prize giving and from 1930-2200 a champagne reception on the former Royal Yacht Britannia all on Friday 12th. The next day there will be a morning rendez-vous at the Club and a day free for visiting Edinburgh followed by the annual dinner at The New Club at 1900. The AGM will be held on the Sunday at 1000 followed by lunch at 1230 at Newhaven Old Harbour on Loch Fynne. The day will close with a Ghost Tour at 1800.

Booking forms may be obtained from or Tel:+44 (0)1507601556. The booking form will shortly be placed on line in PDF format downloadable when you click the PDF symbol. Meanwhile a PDF of the schedule is attached below. Click on PDF

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Perhaps one of the most beautiful of all S & S creations still awaits a new owner.
LOA: 77\' LOD: 72 LWL: 50\' Beam: 14\' 6\"
Draft: 9\' 6\" Bridge Clearance: Approx.

The price has now been dropped from well in excess of $2.5m to a current asking price of $1.9m Click on the PDF symbol below for more data

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Exceptional opportunity to purchase a classic Finisterre

Winifred, a beautiful 39ft 6 in Finisterre class built in 1956 of strip planked mahogany is once again on the market in the Virgin Islands for the unbelievably attractive price of $55,000. She is in excellent condition fully equiped and is cared for by her live aboard charter skipper. This is an opportunity worthy of anyone\'s consideration despite the distance. For more details please visit the brokerage section of this site Yachts for Sale.


S & S Inc announce a new line of motor sailors

Today, Sparkman & Stephens has developed three new motorsailers ranging from 90’ to 150’ especially for Burger Boat Company.  These vessels draw from years of experience and will feature the latest in technology, state of the art innovation and Burger’s reliability and high quality. The hull and superstructure will be fabricated in Alustar™ aluminum while the interiors of these vessels will feature the high quality construction Burger is known for.

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Columbia is for sale

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S & S exhibiting at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2008

Thursday, October 30 - Monday, November 3, 2008
Sparkman & Stephens will be exhibiting in three locations at the upcoming boat show:
1) Superyacht Builders' & Designers' Tent, booth #687. We will have designers and brokers available throughout the show.  Please stop by to see some of our latest designs that are currently in build or on the drawing boards, have a cool drink, a cup of coffee; please say hello.  Note: The tent is located directly behind the Radisson Bahia Mar Hotel.
2) New Product for Sale: Passagemaker 60' by Sea Spirit.  Located on B-Dock, slip 234.  Please come by and view this elegant long range ocean passagemaking motoryacht.  This is an exceptionally high quality production yacht built at a very attractive price.
3) Brokerage Yacht for Sale: Custom S&S 65' Motor Yacht, Predacious.  Located at the Swimming Hall of Fame docks, slip 201.  This is a New England style express cruiser with true 37 knot top speed and 30 knot cruise speed. This amazing boat was built by New England Boatworks of high-tech construction in 2006.  If you are looking to trade up from a Hinckley Talaria or Eastbay don't miss this opportunity.

A new 32 Footer from S & S

NYMPH, a new 32 ft design loosely inspired by BABE has been released by S & S  Inc. The boat's design was overseen by Olin himself in association with Knight Coolidge. It is an update of the design first revealed in the Association yearbook a few years ago and the new boat has been expanded by two feet. She is sure to be a fast day sailor. For drawings please click the PDF symbol below

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Columbia the 7th Defender of the America\'s Cup For Sale

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Le Yacht Club Classique

The French Classic Yacht Club runs a very active programme in the summer. They have an extensive international membership mainly of British and American designs.Racing is out of La Rochelle, La baule, Groix, Douarnez and Quiberon. Unfortuneately they use their own rating system and not the IRC system as adopted by the YC de France. this disadvatages outside competitors

In the Trophee Jean-Claude Langlois the S & S 1946 Loki Pangur Ban, which was for many years for sale in Maine and subsequently shipped to the UK, was first and S & S Mao Tito III 10th. The Lokis have an astonishing record for seaworthiness and were one of Olin's most favoured designs proving almost indestructable. For more information about the races and the Loki point your browser to:  or click on the PDF symbol below.Suffice it to say that in the final classification across no less than ten Atlantic races the S & S designed Loki Pangur Ban was second, first place narrowly being taken by the much younger 1964 Maas design Bryell II.  Mao Tito III was 9th  and the S & S Stiren 19th.

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September statistics for the Association Website

There were 1651 visits to the website in the month of september (or 54 a day)and 22426 page views and 72% were new visits.  This was a marked increase from 1022 visits in August and 1200 visits in July.

6-Metre New Build, Cherokee, S&S Design #10


6-Metre New Build, Cherokee, S&S Design #10
Sponsored by Boothbay Harbor Shipyard

Follow the progress of the Cherokee project  currently underway at the Museum of Yachting.  Check out the Cherokee blog,on written by IYRS graduate Tom Daniels, one of the shipwrights on the project.


Olin Stephens II further obituaries

We reproduce below a selection of the obituaries which appeared in September. To access them please click on the PDF symbol below. To read a profile on Olin prepared by the NYYC please go to There is also a slideshow on this site.

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The New Morris 29

Cuyler Morris, President of Morris Yachts has announced the latest addition to their M-Series line.

Morris Yachts’ M29, designed by Sparkman & Stephens, is intended for short or single-handed sailing. Hull 1 will be launched in February. Like the M29’s predecessors the M36, M42 and 52, the M29 delivers performance sailing that is fun and comfortable. The boat is a graceful combination of classic style, the latest in naval architecture and modern boatbuilding materials. Her Morris Yachts quality construction and finish, together with her S&S design pedigree will guarantee lasting service and value. To date the company has sold 73 M-Series yachts since the first M36 was launched in 2004. All yachts in the M-Series are designed by Sparkman & Stephens.

“I can’t believe I am going to say this but I can’t wait for winter!” said Morris. “We plan on launching Hull 1 and truck her south for some sailing. We are also launching Hull 1 of the M52 so winter is going to be very exciting for Morris Yachts.”

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S & S Classics to represent the Association in the next Rolex Sydney - Hobart

Harry Heijst is shipping the redoubtable and speedy Winsome to the southern hemisphere to compete in the next Sydney-Hobart. Accompanying Winsome on the Sevenstar Yacht Transport is the S & S Pinta-M. A photo of Winsome loading is attached.


New York 32 hull #`10 Tenderly under restoration at last

Tenderly (now renamed Isla)had been marooned for many years, the subject of a dispute, at Dutchman\'s Wharf. She has at last been rescued by an owner willing to go the whole hog, and entrusted to an archdean of NY32 knowledge and conservation, Peter Cassidy, at Buzzards Bay yacht Services, who also owns Siren. Tenderly is probably the most original of all the 32s. For a full documentation of the process of restoration go to


A Classic tribute to Olin is made by A.I.V.E. in Imperia

When the news of Olin's passing reached Imperia in Italy at the occasion of the Imperia Classics the news was transmitted to each participant by VHF. The next race was dedicated to Olin's memory and when the yachts entered harbour bells and sirens and horns were sounded. A minutes's silence was then observed and flags were flown at half mast. A final three cheers [hip-hip-hooray] was led by AIVE President, Gianni Loffredo. This news was kindly communicated to your Hon.Secretary by the AIVE Secretary, Giorgio Balestrero to whom I am grateful.


First award of the Mitch Gibbons Neff/S & S Association Memorial Cup

This cup was donated by a small group of friends, members of the S & S Association in order to commemorate the life of Mitch Gibbons Neff, a former President of S & S Inc. The cup was presented by Patrick Matthiesen in July this year to IYRS in Newport, RI, on the occasion of the late Olin Stephens II's 100th anniversery celebrations. The cup was won this year by one of Olin's favourite designs, Sonny as the fastest S & S design in the Summer Classics Race on August 30th, beating the two NY 32s Salty and Siren as well as Dorade. The latter was forced to withdraw after a collision with Falcon in which Dorade lost her mizzen mast. Overall she came in on corrected time third after the modern Spirit of Tradition boats White Wings and Wild Horses finishing 25 minutes behind them but only 7 minutes on corrected time. Other designs participating were a Potter 8m., two Herreshoffs including a NY 50 and  a Crowinshield. In class 7 the only S & S design was the Nevins 40 Prima Donna which came in 6th in her division and 25th overall losing to a Ted Hood design. In the 12 metres Columbia lost to the Luders designed American Eagle by one minute.  

Olin Stephens II died Saturday September 13th 2008


IT IS WITH DEEPEST REGRET THAT WE HAVE TO ANNOUNCE THE PASSING OF OUR PRESIDENT. OUR CONDOLENCES ARE OFFERED TO HIS FAMILY. AN OBITUARY IS REPRODUCED BELOW FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES. You should also visit the Scuttlebut blog (link indicated below to be cut and pasted into your browser. The appreciation by the noted designer David Pedrick is particularly apposite). A message from the Castine Yacht Club, where Olin was last in public is printed together with a photo in the attached PDF which may be opened by clicking the PDF symbol at the foot of this news item:


Published: September 14, 2008

Olin J. Stephens II, one of the most prominent naval architects of the last century, a designer who created more than 2,200 cruising and racing yachts over decades of innovation in sailing, died Saturday in Hanover, N.H. Mr. Stephens, who lived in Hanover, was 100.



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Olin J. Stephens II in 2003.

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The Dorade, which won the 1931 Trans-Atlantic Race, was designed and sailed by the brothers Olin and Roderick Stephens.

His son Olin J. Stephens III confirmed the death.

From Mr. Stephens’s drawing table came the lines of yachts as diverse as Dorade, a 52-foot yawl that prompted a ticker-tape parade in New York after winning the 1931 Trans-Atlantic Race, and Ranger, a 135-foot J-Class sloop that Mr. Stephens designed with Starling Burgess for the 1937 America’s Cup races.

He was also instrumental in designing five other successful America’s Cup defenders: the 12-Meters Columbia in 1958; Constellation, 1964; Intrepid, 1967; Courageous, 1974; and Freedom, 1980.

“When you consider the changes in yacht design throughout Olin’s career, it’s pretty unbelievable,” said Jim Pugh, a naval architect whose firm, Reichel-Pugh, was part of the design team for the 1992 Cup winner, America3. “Looking at the history of Olin’s designs, it transcends the different eras.”

Mr. Stephens’s quiet demeanor and scholarly appearance cloaked a rugged determination where boats were concerned.

With his brother, Roderick Stephens Jr., Olin Stephens worked on most of the important yacht-racing projects of his time. During World War II, he was involved in designing amphibious landing craft and minesweepers for the armed forces, his son Olin III said.

Roderick Jr. preferred the hands-on aspects of boating — rigging a sailboat and organizing the deck layout. Olin was the office artist who worked with a slide rule and, eventually, a calculator.

Naval architects today develop yachts through three-dimensional computer graphics. Mr. Stephens mastered the computer and turned to the broader concerns of yachting safety only after his official retirement in 1978 from Sparkman & Stephens, the New York naval architecture firm that he founded in 1929 with the yacht broker Drake Sparkman.

Still active into his 90s, Mr. Stephens helped refine modern sailboat handicapping systems, which use mathematics and performance to judge a sailboat’s capability and, in particular, how they affected a boat’s seaworthiness.

Olin James Stephens II was born April 13, 1908, in the Bronx, but his family moved to Scarsdale, N.Y., five years later. His father, Roderick Sr., was in the coal business and was not particularly interested in boats. Yet several summers on Cape Cod prompted him to buy a 16-foot sailing dinghy for his sons.

In 1926, Olin Stephens enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study naval architecture, but within a year he became ill with jaundice and withdrew. His interest in yacht design stayed strong enough, however, that a year later, while working as an apprentice at the Henry Nevins boatyard at City Island in the Bronx, Mr. Stephens designed his own version of a 6-Meter. By the time he was 23, he had designed the yacht Dorade.

Mr. Stephens and his team are one of two yachting groups to have been treated to a ticker-tape parade in New York. The other was Dennis Conner and his Stars & Stripes crew, which won the America’s Cup in 1987.

Mr. Stephens was inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, R.I., in 1993.

His wife of more than 50 years, Florence Reynolds, died in 1993. Besides Olin III, who lives in Newfane, Vt., he is survived by another son, Samuel R. Stephens, of Keene, N.H.; a sister, Marite Sheridan of California, Md.; and a grandson, Olin J. Stephens IV of Stratton, Vt.

Mr. Stephens continued to design boats in recent years and was putting the final touches on plans for a 36-foot coastal cruising boat two weeks ago, said Bruce Johnson of Sparkman & Stephens.

Yet Mr. Stephens was content to spend much of his retirement gardening and painting at homes in Vermont and New Hampshire. In the 1940s, he had studied in New York under Yasuo Kuniyoshi, a renowned painter.

Mr. Stephens, who never owned a boat after Dorade, said he did not find the transition to country life all that difficult.

“It’s really a matter of being too busy,” he said in a 1988 interview for Cruising World magazine. “To the extent I had the time and interest, I wanted to sail only in the new boats.”

Chris Museler contributed reporting.

For a full appreciation by John Rousmanier see

For comments by other yachting personalities see





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Olin Stephens at Castine

This photo was shot by the Hon. Secretary on the deck of the Castine Yacht Club at the end of July 2008, the night before the Castine to Camden Feeder Race. Olin is conversing with his close friend from Hanover, NH, Rusty Abramson.


News from France and a new Finisterre under construction

The PDF below contains advance news of the first new Finisterre class to be built using cold moulding since 1958

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Transat Classique Lagass Update

The S & S designed Stiren won the first leg! Chapeau mes braves!

The first leg of this race started on 19 August 2008 from Douarnenez bound to Agadir, Morrocco. The fleet is made of French, Dutch, German and UK yachts making a total of 24. The yacht which arrived first in Agadir on Tuesday 26 August 2008 is “Pazienza” a 60 feet Bermudian yacht designed by Phil Rhodes followed two hours later by “Stiren” which is the overall winner. “Kayhan” ranks B and “Kallinira” encountered technical problems which led her to make a stop in La Trinité-sur-Mer. Weather conditions were difficult with South West winds up to 40 knots and a difficult swell.

The second leg of this race will start on 28 November 2008 bound to St-Barth, FWI, where the first yachts are expected to arrive on mid-December


Baruna now seriously for Sale

Baruna, one of the iconic S & S designs, 72 ft LOA is now seriously for sale in California at an asking price of $2,500,000. Long rumoured to be on the market these last years and in need of a full restoration she now seeks a new buyer to bring her up to the standard of Argyll and Bolero.

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A new quadraplegic challenge

Jamie Dunross, an S & S 34 Asociation member, is attempting another world record shortly - to be the first quaraplegic to sail around the world solo.  It sounds impossible but he is serious and has a new boat and sponsors.  We understand he already holds the world record for the longest solo unassisted voyage by a quadraplegic.


The Rod Stephens Book

S & S Inc have placed on their website The Rod Stephens Book . When Rod Stephens died he had been working on a book about sailing. 'While it might not be completely current to modern yachts and yachting, we felt it of interest to the average sailor and thus published it here posthumously. Please note that we have left the book in its original form: there are some blanks through the text and editing has been minimal as we wanted very much to have Rod's unique personality to shine through the pages. We hope you enjoy reading it. 'You may also download it here clicking the PDF symbol.

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Bermuda Race Roll of Honour

Olin J. Stephens II has been elected to the Bermuda Race Roll of Honour on the 80th anniversary of the first of his many races to “the Onion Patch.”  No yacht designer has produced more prize-winners over the race’s 102-year, 45-race history.  The overall winners of 13 races, the first-to-finish boats in 11 races, and 45 class winners are all Stephens designs, as are the race’s only multi-race winners—the 72-foot yawl Baruna (winner in 1938 and 1948) and the 38-foot yawl Finisterre (1956, 1958, and 1960).  Baruna is one of the largest boats to win a Bermuda Race, and Finisterre is one of the smallest.

The Bermuda Race Roll of Honour recognizes extraordinary achievement in or concerning the Newport Bermuda Race and its predecessor races.  The English-style spelling of the award’s name reflects the crucial contribution of Bermudians to the race, which was first sailed in 1906 from New York and is the oldest regularly scheduled ocean race.  Honorees are selected at the time of every race, in even-numbered years

Jon Sanders and David Dicks join forces for the next Hobart Race

Jon Sanders has crossed the Indian Ocean 13 times, the Pacific 10 times and crossed the Atlantic 10 times, rounded Cape Horn 5 times and crossed the Great Australian Bight 40 times. Can any sailor beat that? He is joining forces with David Dicks who at 18 circumnavigated the world in an S & S 34. Together they represent the world's oldest and youngest circumnavigators. They are joining forces to restore the 39 ft S & S designed Perie Banou II, a yacht that has completed a circumnavigation and two Sydney - Hobart Races. For the full story (courtesy of The S & S 34 Association) click on the PDF symbol below

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The Marblehead to Castine and Castine to Camden Classic Races July 2008

A substantial fleet of classic, grp and Spirit of Tradition yachts attended these races. The oldest yacht dated from 1897. S & S yachts were well represented with Dorade, Anna, Valiant the 12m, a 6m, several Nevins 40s two NY 32s and several custom designs. The race was held under the auspices of the Eastern Yacht Club, marblehead and followed a week after a reception and racing at the NYYC, Newport which Olin Stephens attended though he was visibly fatigued by the press of people.


The Marblehead race was held in condition of 0-38 knots. During the night the wind died leaving a heavy sloppy sea and Puffin though placed at the head of her division was forced to retire with damage to her boom.

The Castine YC held a reception and Olin attended in great form staying several days. The wind was incredibly light forcing participants to search for air on both extremes of the course but later filled in for the finish allowing a spinnaker run.

The ERR, which Olin attended on the Committee Launch, was a light air drifting event fighting the tide and the course was twice shortened. For a report please click the image to the right and on the PDF symbol.


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Transat Classique Lagass

The oifficial departure of the first classic boat trans-Atlantic race has been delayed owing ro weather by 48 hours and will occur on Tuesday August 19th. The course is Douarmanez- Agadir- St.Barts. At least three S & S designs are participating. The Association is represented by Stiren. A list of participants can be viewed by clicking on the PDF symbol below.

For a continual update on the progress of this race please point yor browser to

Update: 23 August. The boats are off. 'Our' Stiren is off Cape Finisterre slugging it out with a larger Spirit of Tradition

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Second Annual New York Classic Week - 2008

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Welcome Home Dorade Ribbon Give Away 2008

Please click on the PDF symbol below to see how you may obtain a ribbon through Sparkman & Stephens Inc in tribute to Olin Stephens; 100th anniversary. The PDF contains some interesting historic black and white photos of the original celelbrations, ticker tape parade and reception at City hall in 1931 when Olin was 21!

Olin attended the recent July celebrations at the NYYC in Newport but was clearly tired by all the press attention and the crowd. barely 10 days later, however, he bounced back, and your webmaster talked with him twice and can report that he was in fine fettle happy to respond to questions. the next day he spent the better part of the day on the committee boat observing the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta with 105 classic yachts participating including a robust fleet of S & S designs including Anna, Dorade, Puffin, Arabesque, two Nevins 40s, a 6m and others. Olin was overheard to say that th spectacle in calm airs "was the best birthday present he had been given"

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The Olin J Stephens II Trophy

This trophy, which was presented to honour Olin on the occasion of his 100th anniversary for the best performance by a classic S & S design in the Argentario Classics Sailing Week, was won last week by Stormy Weather.

The S & S 34 Website

The new S & S 34 website is on line at You can find anything there relating to fitting out and repairs, rigging plans, aleternative accomodation plans, mast lowering and much else besides to assist in fiiting out and maintenance. There is a regular update about members achievemnets.

Legend is relaunched after a refit

Legend ex Kay was finally re-launched on May 22nd, 2008.  She will be in Hilton Head, SC for the next several months. Built as an all weather comfortable cruiser Legend is 52 feet 8 inches LOA and 36 feet LWL with a beam of 12'1" and displacement of 17 tons. She was built by Abekings in Germany superbly in 1954. Soon after her owner received an offer he could not refuse and after much persuasion sold the then Kay, retaining the name. regretting his deecision he soon thereafter built a sistership, the present Kay.


Winifred under new ownership

Winifred, long owned by Sharon Allen, has been sold to Mike Haskell who has transferred aboard from Maine. The boat will continue to operate as a charter business in the US Virgin Islands and any member wishing to take a holiday in idyllic surroundings should take note. Winifred is a Finisterre Class built at the Miami Shipyard in 1956.

The venue of the 2009 AGM and Dinner

It has been established that the 2009 AGM will be held in Scotland in May on the Firth of Forth and in Edinburgh. Watch this space for more details which will be posted at a later date.

The 2008 AGM Meeting in Enkhuizen in Pictures for those who could not attend

Many congratulations to Rob Snoeks and his team in the Netherlands for yet another memorable long weekend AGM and dinner to celebrate Olin Stephen's 100th Anniversary this year. The organisation was so impeccable that the weekend passed in a seamless round of pleasurable events. Almost 120 members attended with a large fleet of S & S yachts in wood, aluminium and GRP ranging down from almost 70' to the small 23' Sailmasters. The fleet included a remarkable turnout of immaculate wooden classic yachts, Swan 55s, 41s, 37s, S&S 34, SHEs and many others. There was racing, feasting with an Indonesian Ristafel, drinking, toasting, an auction, visits to the working museum and to see megayachts being built at Jongaerts. But above all there was the special pleasure taken by meeting once more old friends and making new. No one who has not attended one of these events can comprehend the very special ties that bind this particular group of 'yachties' and the pleasure that they take in these meetings, the pride in their vessels and the awe in which they hold our centenerian president, Olin.

Please click on the PDF symbol below for a brief photo report of the event. For more images, almost 1000 in fact, please visit where if you attended the event you will find many photographs of yourself and the yachts.

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Auction on line of Herve Elies\' Treasure House at Treguier

As has been reported previously Herve Elies has ben forced to close his landmark store and chandlery on the quayside at Treguier as a result of a redevelopment plan for flats put forward by the town council. Herve\'s store had a unique flavour - part museum, part shop, with  many collectables and useful items and much to enchant the eye. The first 30 lots of yachting gear and outboards are now in an on line auction which you can view at

A further 270 lots including old boats, canoes and much else will follow shortly

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A T37 Circumnavigates the World Silently

T37 hull #47 Island Time acquired a new record in 2004 with her deaf skipper Charl de Villiers becoming the first entirely deaf person to circumnavigate solo. You can read about this at

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A New book on the T37

The T37 Asociation has arranged for the publication of a new book specifically about the Tartan 37. For full details of this limited edition book please click on the PDF symbol below.

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A New Trophy to honour Olin Stephens II 100th anniversary

I am pleased to announce that agreement has been reached with the Associazione Velica Italiana d'Epoca that a new trophy in honour of Olin Stephens II's 100th anniversary will be awarded annually for the best performance by a classic S&S designed sailing yacht in the course of the series of events known as Argentario Sailing Week (Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge). The sterling silver trophy has been presented by a small group of members of the Sparkman & Stephens Association in conjunction with the Stamford Yacht Club

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The cup will by tradition be awarded and presented at the AGM at the end of May in the Netherlands. Three submissions were made by competitors: Constellation the new vacuum bagged S&S 34 belonging to Mike Finn won the Bunbury & Return Ocean Race by a margin of 1.75%. Tarantella on the Baltic won Volvo Offshore Race by the astonishing margin under IRC of 9.68% but, alas, as the race was 95.3 nm it does not qualify. The well deserved winner is Sunstone, now 40 years old, which participated in the 2 handed 1400 mile race round North Island New Zealand, winning under PHRF, and astonishingly winning the whole race under IRC against a range of contemporary behomoths. Her winning margin was 2.73%. Sunstone is one of Olin\\\'s favourite designs, a boat that was not conceived as an out and out racer, and therefore this win is a tribute to our President on his 100th anniversary. A complete account of the race is attached in the PDF. Click the symbol to read more.

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Stability - "Down but not Out!"

Most of us own tried and tested classic S & S designs whether in wood or GRP. The accompanying photo taken during the Rolex Buenos Aires to Punta del Este {Uruguay} Rolex Race which appeared in the UK Halsey Sailmakers Newsletter shows  a contemporary design by a famous rival naval architect and gives us pause for thought and to be thankful for Olin's insistence on form stability and robustness of construction.  Although crew were recovered from the water, and the mainsail, there were no casualties. [Photo:Matias Capizzano]

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Tartan 34 Newsletter

You may read the latest edition of the S & S Tartan 34 Association Newsletter by clicking on the PDF link below

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Olin Stephens` 100th birthday April 13th 2008

The following blog appeared on The Telegraph Publications blog website:

Posted by Tim Jeffery on 13 Apr 2008  at 16:32 
Tags: Designers, Birthday, Restoration, celebrations

Here is a centennial celebration like no other. Olin J Stephens celebrates his 100th birthday today. He is also the dominant designer of the 20th century.

From the time his yawl Dorade won the Transatlantic and Fastnet Races of 1931 until he retired from his famous New York design firm Sparkman & Stephens in the late 1980s, Olin was the single most successful and revered figure in the design of yachts.

Kings and Captain\'s of industry passed over the threshold of the Madison Ave firm commissioning yachts from Olin, his brother Rod (who worked on the practical aspects of rigs and sail handling) and their large staff.

So many other designers spent time at S & S that it was effectively an informal finishing school. Think of German Frers, Gary Mull and David Pedrick to name just three. Stephens\' career was eclipsed largely at the end of the 1970s when the IOR design rule enjoyed its last days as the world wide rule for offshore racing boats.

But it will be the America\'s Cup that Olin\'s name is forever twinned.  He co-designed Ranger for Harold S Vanderbilt in 1937, the last and greatest of the J- Class yachts and which humbled Endeavour 11 belonging to aviation pioneer Sir T O M Sopwith in merciless manner.

When the America\'s Cup resumed after World War 11, Olin went on to design a further six successful defenders to the 12-metre rule. So with 32nd America\'s Cups contested since 1851, Olin has created nearly a quarter of the winning yachts in the event\'s 157-year history.

During the War, his brother Rod was instrumental in the design of amphibious DUKW vehicle, now beloved of tourist tour operators.

Ascribing greatness to a man who is a little deaf and tentative on his feet is easy in Olin\'s case. Still a live wire, retirement in his case meant teaching classes at college, painting, music, learning computer programming  and being a painstaking punctilious correspondent.

Restoration of two his most famous early yachts, Dorade and Stormy Weather, spawned a resurgence of interest in classic S & S yachts which continues unabated.

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OCEANNA-a remarkable oceanside house opportunity in New South Wales

Krissy Mackinosh, our Secretary for the East Coast of Australia, has decied to put her unique architect designed 1930\'s style art nouveau house up for sale. The house was built about 3 years ago and commands a unique spot on a bluff fronted by a band of \'reserved\' land planted with blue gums just 100 ft from the Tasmanian Sea. Your webmaster has stayed there and can report the views are truly breathtaking across Bateman\'s Bay which is about 100 minutes from Canberra and 4 1/2 hours south of Sydney. The house and site have to be seen. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, terraces and roof deck. They keep Sirocco a 44 ft 1938 S & S beauty across the bay in a small marina. For more information apply to the webmaster or to Krissy. Images will soon follow. This is a unique property and this is no sales pitch! Australia is very easy going and it is easy to chill out.............

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S & S Nazenin V

Construction of the 52-meter Sparkman & Stephens-designed aluminum flybridge ketch Nazenin V reached a milestone mid-summer as her completed hull was turned upright at RMK Marine in Turkey. The yacht, being built for a Turkish owner, is on schedule for her planned delivery next year. S&S President Greg Matzat personally inspected the project in July and was impressed by the quality of the work.

"Although there's still a year to go, all things point to this being the highest quality yacht to come out of Turkey to date," says Matzat. "All the work looks absolutely great. The yard, with our help, has transformed itself by bringing in European and North American yard management, project management, systems suppliers and investing in its infrastructure. With its new sheds and offices, if you walked into RMK today, you may think you were in Holland."

Nazenin V is a collaboration of S&S and the U.K. interior design firm Redman Whitely Dixon. The powerful ketch is a classic S&S design with the firm's trademark sheer, graceful overhangs and traditional teak trim. She will feature a contemporary raised pilothouse, a large flybridge and clean superstructure lines. The interior will have traditional raised and fielded teak panels and luxurious furnishings.

Although RMK has built many yachts in steel, the Nazenin V project represents the yard's first foray into all aluminum construction. In the European fashion, the hull was built upside down. According to Matzat, the hull fairing is on par with the best constructed yachts. The hull and superstructure are being built side by side so the systems and interior can be installed with maximum efficiency while the boat is open. When the interior and systems are in place, the two pieces will be bedded in adhesive and joined with more than 750 bolts.

The yacht's expected delivery is September 2008. Plans are in the works for a sistership.

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Sunstone to the fore

Tom and Vicky Jackson inform us from New Zealand:

On Monday 10 March, we finished the 1400 mile
Two-Handed Round North Island Race here in New
Zealand. The Race has four legs with three stops.
Sunstone  won the Race, both on IRC handicap and the
local PHRF handicap systems.

Our corrected time on IRC was 9 days 20:24:48. The
second place boat, a contemproary Cookson 50, had a
corrected time of 10 days 02:49:17. Winning margin was

The PHRF margin, over a much modified and modernised
Farr 1050, was a good deal smaller at 01:58:08.

The 43 year-old, vanrnished 'houseboat' can still do the
business when called on!

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Racing to celebrate Olin Stephens\'100th

Please click on the PDF symbol below for details of these regattas open to S & S designs on May 30th

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S& S Association Global Regatta Competition Award 2007-8

Each year the Cup is awarded at the annual dinner for the best performance submitted by a member's yacht. The criteria alternate and the race has to be one organised by a nationally recognised authority. One year the award is for an offshore race of over 100 NM and an overnight passage, the next year it is for a race round fixed marks or buoys in daylight of at least 18 NM. For 2007=8 the award is for the offshore race. Anyone who has been placed can submit the times elapsed and the corrected times of the other contestant from the official results in order to be considered for the award.. The winner is the yacht with the widest percentage margin over the other competitors.

You are invited to submit your results by the end of March

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Enkhuizen Association AGM and Dinner 30 May - 01 June

This AGM or Annual General Meeting of the Sparkman & Stephens Association in the year 2008 is a special event since we hope to celebrate the 100th birthday of: Olin Stephens, the designer of our boloved yachts. If his health keeps up, he hopes to become 100 next 13th April. Reason enough to make this a special year and a special AGM. In the Netherlands we are very proud of our special bond with Sparkman & Stephens.. They designed several famous boats for customers in Holland. Olin had great respect for the "Dutchies" because they were good builders and sailers, but also very "demamanding". They knew what they wanted and drove Olin sometimes to despair; but nevertheless he liked that attitude towards his profession.

For further information please visit and you should book on line through this site

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Constellation has Divisional win in Bunbury & Return race

Congratulations to Mike Finn and the crew of Constellation a new S&S 34 in Winning IRC Div 2 in the Bunbury & Return race held on the weekend of 27/28th Jan.  The 200nm race was first held just 3 years after the first Sydney Hobart race and has been held annually by RFBYC since, this being the 60th race. Constellation placed 4th overall (combined Div 1&2).

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Sydney Hobart

 - Huckleberry  scores Divisional 3rd

Huckleberry has achieved 3rd place in Div E and 28th overall. They were the only WA boat to score a place. A fantastic effort by Steve and his crew, especially given some difficult conditions that did not really suit an S&S 34. For most of the latter part of the race they led Div E, but lost some time over the final leg across Storm Bay