Published:02-Apr-2017
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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Published:21-Mar-2017
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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Published:29-Jan-2017
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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Published:29-Jan-2017
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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Published:19-Dec-2016
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.

 

CLASSIC CHANNEL REGATTA 2017
PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME
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

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Published:06-Sep-2016
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

Odyssey

Sonny

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

Classic GRP - WINDIGO

6 Metre Vintage- SCOUNDREL

12 Meter Vintage - GLEAM

S-Class – SWALLOW

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


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Published:16-Aug-2016
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."


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Published:08-Aug-2016
S&S 34 Association

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

http://www.ss34.org/index.php/2016/08/08/ss-34-class-flag-for-sale/

 

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 http://www.ss34.org/index.php/2016/08/08/ss-34-class-flag-for-sale

 

 The AGM has come and gone, and your Association remains active and financially sound.  For AGM minutes and reports please go to http://www.ss34.org/index.php/2016/07/26/2016-agm-minutes-and-reports

 

 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 http://www.ss34.org/index.php/category/events/racing/association-race/association-race-results

 

 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 james.putt@bigpond.com.au 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



Published:03-Aug-2016
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.

 



Published:30-Jun-2016
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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Published:11-May-2016
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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Published:06-May-2016
PLYMOUTH – LA ROCHELLE REVIVAL RACE

PLYMOUTH – LA ROCHELLE REVIVAL RACE

 

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: http://yachtclubclassique.com/summary-plr-2016-english/ .



Published:06-May-2016
Dartmouth Classic 2016

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

DARTMOUTH CLASSICS ®

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

 



Published:10-Jan-2016
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

time.”

“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

year.

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.


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Published:31-Dec-2015
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.



Published:03-Nov-2015
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

  www.sparkmanstephensuk.info

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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Published:29-Oct-2015
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.



Published:12-Sep-2015
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 http://www.halsraceresults.com/crs/crs.aspx?ClubKey=1201

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.



Published:09-Sep-2015
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

Trevor

Fetter

Cherokee

Jerry

Goldlust

Columbia

Kevin

Hegarty

Kaikoura

Casey

Fasciano

Salty

Kirke

Bartley Jr

Siren

Peter

Cassidy

Sonny

Joseph

Dockery

Valiant

Gary

Gregory

 

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



Published:01-Sep-2015
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.

 


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Published:01-Sep-2015
2015 Fastnet Race update

From the S & S Inc blog:

CLASSIC YACHTS STILL COMPETING - 80 YEARS LATER

 

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.

 



Published:06-Aug-2015
Sonny

S & S Inc write:

DOMINATING CLASSIC REGATTAS 

 

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. 


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Published:24-Jul-2015
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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Published:02-Jul-2015
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 http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1935/Custom-Sparkman-%26-Stephens-Classic-Sloop-2859225/Newport/RI/United-States#.VZUdH4fbJMx 

Year:
1935
Length:
54\'
Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
Newport, RI
Hull Material:
Wood
YW#:
1877-2859225
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.


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Published:26-Jun-2015
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.


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Published:23-Jun-2015
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. 
HOW TO FOLLOW:
•         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 http://Dorade.org/blog/ 
•         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 http://transatlanticrace.org/


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Published:04-Jun-2015
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.



Published:02-May-2015
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!


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Published:18-Apr-2015
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

 

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Published:26-Mar-2015
Enrollment Form for the Svendborg 2015 AGM

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

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Published:26-Mar-2015
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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Published:20-Dec-2014
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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Published:16-Dec-2014
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.\'

 


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Published:31-Oct-2014
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

Kaikoura

Sparkman and Stephens 1955

Northern Light

Sparkman and Stephens 1938

Rogue

Herreshoff/Sparkman and Stephens 1953

Sonny

Sparkman and Stephens 1935

Valiant

Sparkman and Stephens 1970

Salty

Sparkman and Stephens 1936

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

50

Sonny

Classic

Corinthian

39

1

1

2

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Published:10-Oct-2014
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.


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Published:31-Aug-2014
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 Trégastel on moorings. Picnic on board.

3.30 pm: Departure for the second round Trégastel /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 Trébeurden.

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



Published:25-Jun-2014
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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Published:14-Jun-2014
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 www.classic-channel-regatta.eu   by pasting into your browser. Entries are limited to 100 boats and you may obtain information by emailing bruce@classic-channel-regatta.eu



Published:18-Apr-2014
The OLIN STEPHENS Challenge Cup for Mediterranean racing

PERPETUAL CHALLENGE

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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Published:10-Apr-2014
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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Published:09-Apr-2014
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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Published:07-Apr-2014
See all the Association trophies

By opening going to http://sparkmanstephensuk.info/s&s%20association%20trophys.html  you can see all the Association trophies which will be awarded later this year to members. Cut and paste the link into your browser.


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Published:25-Dec-2013
Latest update news on 2014 AGM and dinner

Please see the attached PDF for information.

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Published:10-Nov-2013
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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Published:06-Nov-2013
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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Published:01-Nov-2013
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 http://www.ss34.org/ 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.

 


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Published:14-Oct-2013
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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Published:08-Oct-2013
The 2014 Association AGM

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

Please click on the PDF symbol for information

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Published:16-Sep-2013
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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Published:16-Sep-2013
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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Published:27-Jul-2013
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 www.sparkmanstephensuk.info/global_regatta_nomonation.html

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. www.sparkmanstephensuk.info/page121.html



Published:27-Jul-2013
The Global Regatta Challenge Cup



Published:27-Jul-2013
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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Published:26-Jul-2013
Dorade wins the Transpac again after 77 years

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Published:29-Mar-2013
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 http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=amerigo+vespucci+ship&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=YrVVUeecBaeZ0QXF2oGYAg&sqi=2&ved=0CDIQsAQ&biw=1263&bih=870

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

 


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Published:23-Feb-2013
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.


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Published:12-Feb-2013
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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Published:04-Feb-2013
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.

 

 


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Published:17-Jan-2013
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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Published:20-Dec-2012
Programme for the 2013 London AGM

Please open the attached PDF to see the programme

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Published:10-Dec-2012
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.

\"THE DERWENT GIFT \"

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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Published:27-Nov-2012
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 www.Dorade.org



Published:24-Nov-2012
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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Published:18-Oct-2012
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 www.classic-channel-regatta.eu

 

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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Published:13-Oct-2012
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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Published:13-Oct-2012
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

Hotel

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.

Mooring

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.

 For more information go to http://www.sparkmanstephensuk.info/page99.html



Published:06-Aug-2012
Report of the 2012 AGM in Denmark

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

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Published:15-May-2012
A new video featuring Olin Stephens

The Mystic Seaport Museum have issued a new video on Olin. To access this please click this link:

http://www.youtube.com/v/nWxW-miza8w&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0 this is a brilliantly produced quality video with much new footage and we are so grateful to the Seaport for this.



Published:15-May-2012
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.


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Published:15-May-2012
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 http://plymouth-larochelle.yachtclubclassique.com/

 

 

 

 



Published:10-Apr-2012
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



Published:10-Apr-2012
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


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Published:06-Apr-2012
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 http://bonne-amie.blogspot.com



Published:11-Feb-2012
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


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Published:10-Feb-2012
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.


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Published:07-Feb-2012
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......

read more  :
web page is published :  
www.Sparkmanstephensuk.info
as is e-mail address :    AGM2012@Sparkmanstephens.de

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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Published:01-Feb-2012
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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Published:15-Jan-2012
Terence (Terry) Sprake 1923-2012 Obituary

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

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Published:14-Jan-2012
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 http://g.co/maps/c5adb.

 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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Published:07-Jan-2012
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.



Published:01-Jan-2012
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 http://savingpolly.wordpress.com/

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Published:24-Dec-2011
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 woodleygroup@comcast.net to answer any questions you might have, or to let them know that you will be attending. Information is available at www.ssrendezvous.org. Leukemia Cup information is available at www.lls.org. 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



Published:18-Sep-2011
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!



Published:18-Sep-2011
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

 


Published:14-Sep-2011
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


Published:23-Jun-2011
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.


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Published:14-Jun-2011
Minutes of the 2011 AGM at Falmouth

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Published:10-Mar-2011
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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Published:06-Mar-2011
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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Published:05-Mar-2011
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 sands@matthiesengallery.com 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 yacht´s name.


Published:19-Jan-2011
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 www.sparkmanstephensuk.info/AGM2011.html

Please click on the PDF tag below to access an invitation.

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Published:10-Jan-2011
Minutes of the Association 2010 AGM

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Published:26-Nov-2010
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



Published:09-Oct-2010
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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Published:06-Oct-2010
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.



Published:05-Oct-2010
2011 S & S Association AGM information

Please click on the PDF below to access information about the next AGM and dinner and related events

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Published:03-Sep-2010
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 http://sparkmanstephens.blogspot.com/

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



Published:29-Aug-2010
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.

 



Published:27-Aug-2010
Report of the 2010 Association AGM and Dinner

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Published:27-Jul-2010
Association AGM and Meeting 2011

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



Published:07-Jun-2010
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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Published:07-Jun-2010
Tartan 34 in the Transat

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

 

http://charthorizon.com/m/cz/map?vessels=Rubicon&history=2010_Transat_Crossing&v_scope=all

 

 

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Published:18-May-2010
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!


Published:08-Apr-2010
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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Published:08-Apr-2010
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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Published:06-Apr-2010
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  www.s-and-s-agm.org  For all further information please contact: sandsagm2010@kpnmail.nl


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Published:29-Jan-2010
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.


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Published:13-Jan-2010
New 56 Metre World Cruising Ketch

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


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Published:03-Dec-2009
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.


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Published:02-Dec-2009
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 www.sparkmanstephensuk.info 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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Published:17-Nov-2009
VIM

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.


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Published:08-Nov-2009
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. SS34.org  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.



Published:26-Oct-2009
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.



Published:12-Sep-2009
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 http://www.nyharborsailing.com/classic/yachts/black_watch.htm and http://www.thenorthcove.com/visitors/2007/black_watch.htm


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Published:13-Aug-2009
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


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Published:13-Aug-2009
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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Published:10-Jul-2009
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.



Published:10-Jul-2009
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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Published:09-Jul-2009
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.



Published:18-Jun-2009
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.

 



Published:18-Jun-2009
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 http://tca34.org/portal/index.php



Published:16-Jun-2009
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  http://www.solo1.com.au:80/

 



Published:04-Jun-2009
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.



Published:27-May-2009
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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Published:27-May-2009
S & S Announce new 130 ft Spirit if Tradition Superyacht

PRINCIPAL CHARACTERISTICS:
 
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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Published:26-May-2009
Updated Programme for the June AGM and Dinner

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Published:05-May-2009
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 www.sailnewport.org 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 www.moy.org. 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 cmarfuggi@iyrs.org.

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



Published:28-Apr-2009
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!

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Published:22-Mar-2009
Accomodation in Edinburgh for 2009 AGM

In order to obtain accomodation information and a booling form please click on the PDF symbol below.

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Published:17-Jan-2009
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 karen.humberston@virgin.net 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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Published:11-Dec-2008
Baruna

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.
100\'

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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Published:06-Dec-2008
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.


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Published:29-Oct-2008
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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Published:29-Oct-2008
Columbia is for sale

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Published:29-Oct-2008
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.



Published:16-Oct-2008
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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Published:10-Oct-2008
Columbia the 7th Defender of the America\'s Cup For Sale

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Published:10-Oct-2008
Le Yacht Club Classique

The French Classic Yacht Club http://www.yachtclubclassique.com/indexFR.php 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:http://www.yachtclubclassique.com/pdf/classique_pavois_harle/13%2014%20sept%2008.pdf  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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Published:09-Oct-2008
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.



Published:07-Oct-2008
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  http://www.moy.org/Exhibits/6MetreNewBuildCherokee/CherokeeBlog/tabid/500/Default.aspx written by IYRS graduate Tom Daniels, one of the shipwrights on the project.


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Published:07-Oct-2008
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 http://www.nyyc.org/home/article_193/ There is also a slideshow on this site.


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Published:07-Oct-2008
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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Published:19-Sep-2008
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.


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Published:18-Sep-2008
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 http://www.buzzardsbayyachtservices.com/isla.htm


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Published:18-Sep-2008
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.

P.M.



Published:17-Sep-2008
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.  



Published:15-Sep-2008
† 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:

By BARBARA LLOYD

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 http://nyyc.org/home/article_193/

For comments by other yachting personalities see http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/blog/2008/09/eigth-bells-olin-j-stephens.html

 

 

 

 

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Published:09-Sep-2008
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.


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Published:07-Sep-2008
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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Published:07-Sep-2008
Transat Classique Lagassé 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


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Published:07-Sep-2008
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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Published:28-Aug-2008
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.

 


Published:26-Aug-2008
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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Published:26-Aug-2008
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



Published:20-Aug-2008
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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Published:18-Aug-2008
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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Published:17-Aug-2008
Transat Classique Lagassé

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 http://www.transatclassique.com/fr/espace-concurents/jauge/default.asp

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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Published:16-Aug-2008
Second Annual New York Classic Week - 2008

Please download the PDF below for news of this event


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Published:16-Aug-2008
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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Published:30-Jun-2008
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.



Published:28-Jun-2008
The S & S 34 Website

The new S & S 34 website is on line at www.ss34.org 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.



Published:27-Jun-2008
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.


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Published:22-Jun-2008
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.



Published:19-Jun-2008
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.



Published:14-Jun-2008
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 http://picasaweb.google.nl/olin100.agm2008 where if you attended the event you will find many photographs of yourself and the yachts.


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Published:03-Jun-2008
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 http://www.oep.fr/pages-oep/liste-lot.php?pagecurr=1&pagecurrsalle=1

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

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Published:24-May-2008
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 http://www.silentvoyager.com


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Published:20-May-2008
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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Published:28-Apr-2008
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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Published:28-Apr-2008
2007-2008 S&S ASSOCIATION GLOBAL REGATTA CUP AWARD

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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Published:25-Apr-2008
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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Published:21-Apr-2008
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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Published:18-Apr-2008
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.

Posted by Tim Jeffery on 13 Apr 2008 at 16:32

 

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Published:12-Apr-2008
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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Published:21-Mar-2008
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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Published:19-Mar-2008
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
06:24:29.

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
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Published:25-Feb-2008
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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Published:23-Feb-2008
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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Published:23-Feb-2008
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 http://www.s-and-s-association-nl.org/ and you should book on line through this site


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Published:23-Feb-2008
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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Published:23-Feb-2008
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 and up the Derwent. For a short while mid race they were leading the entire fleet.  Although one of the smallest boats in the fleet, it is clear that the S&S 34 is very competitive under IRC, as well as being such a great cruising yacht. Congratulations Huckleberry!

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Published:08-Feb-2008
Marblehead to Castine Race on Sunday, July 27 and the ninth annual Castine Classic Yacht Race to Camden , Maine

As part of the Olin Stephens Centennial celebrations in the summer of 2008 there will be a party at the Museum of Yachting, Newport on July 19th followed by classic races from Marblehead to Castine  and then the series of classic race fixtures in Penobscot Bay. There will be a large gathering of S & S yachts and Association Members or S & S owners are urged to participate. By clicking the PDF symbol you will be able to download an entry form with details.


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Published:06-Feb-2008
CAPT CRAIG A MUELLER

We regret to announce the demise of Craig Mueller in September 2007. He was part of Dennis Connor's Stars and Stripes America's Cup Challenge in 2093. An obituary is attached below in PDF format.

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Published:30-Jan-2008
President of S & S inc Resigns

Greg Matzat, Chief Naval Architect and an employee of S & S for 19 years has resigned.   He took over as President early in 2007 owing to the untimely death of Mitch Gibbons Neff. S & S Inc write:

 'The design department is headed by Bruce Johnson, Chief Designer since 1998 and is staffed by a highly talented and dedicated group of 7 designers comprised of senior naval architect James Moran, naval architect Adam Guttenplan, mechanical and marine engineer Micah Tucker, designers Frederic De Clercq, Jason Black and Alison Coladarci.  This versatile staff hails from the best naval architectural schools in the world including Webb Institute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University and the Landing School of Yacht Design and Ghent University (Belgium) and brings to bear combined experience of over 60 years in the yachting industry.  It is the sum of our various strengths and collective talents that is pervasive in each and every design. '

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Published:13-Jan-2008
Alsumar design #11 saved from total decay

In last year\'s yearbook [2006] I reproduced the plan of Alsumar an early S & S design contemporary with Dorade. The boat had been thought to be in good hands some years ago at the eastern end of Long Island, NY. Alas, she had been abandoned on the hard at Rhode Island as can be seen in this illustration. Fortuneately this important piece of S & S history was listed in Wooden Boat Rescue Foundation listings and has since found a saviour. She will now undergo a museum restoration at Taylor and Snediker\'s yard in CT.


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Published:05-Jan-2008
A Replica of the International 6 M Cherokee is to be built

 The six-meter class was very active in Long Island Sound during the early 1930s.  In the early years a number of 6-meter racing yachts were designed by the firm. A total of 39 were designed in all.  It was acknowledged by many familiar with these boats that they were so successful and fast that they seemed to have an "unfair" advantage.  Two, in particular, were stand-outs: JILL and CHEROKEE (1930).  On and off the wind, both were fast and capable.

The Museum of Yachting, is pleased to announce that as part of an exhibit on the history of S&S, the Newport years, the building of a new CHEROKEE.  Building the yacht will be the centerpiece of a living exhibit at the museum's location on the harbor in Newport, RI.  The yacht is being built from plans provided by S&S and will be launched in time to compete in the 6-meter World Cup-also being held in Newport.  Construction management is courtesy of Boothbay Harbor Shipyard of Maine.

 This new build will rigorously conform to historic design and construction standards necessary to compete in the 2009 Worlds.  This design is sanctioned by the 6-meter Association of North America as a replica.  Only one copy of any given design is allowed and only once it can be proved that the original yacht is no longer in existence.  This is a unique opportunity to own a piece of yachting history.

Offers of underwriting and purchase are being accepted.  $160,000: includes hardware, rigging, and three sails.


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Published:04-Jan-2008
Morning Cloud II under restoration

The late Sir Edward Heath's second S & S Morning Cloud has returned to her builder, Lallows of Cowes for a rebuild. She was first launched in 1971. She is currently named Opposition and is based on the Clyde. She suffered hull degadation due to spending time in the Med. and previously sheathed below the waterline, moisture ingress has caused damage. She requires topside planking and a new transom and this has been sourced from a seasoned African mahogany log. she is billed to compete in the Round the Island Race 2008 which she won in 1971.

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Published:04-Jan-2008
Anyone want to rescue a classic RORC S & S?

For those dedicated to restoration and the refurbishment of a clasic S & S read on. This yacht is not terminal reconstruction cases but rather is located in the wrong place and has fallen on harder times:

 Zarabanda was designed as the British RORC entry in 1960 for the Hobart race. LOA 38ft 5in, LWL 28ft Beam 10ft 2\", Draught 5ft 11\" she sports a stump bowsprit and has a very short keel for the period reminiscent of 1964-5 and displaces a good 2000 lbs less than a typical CCA design by S and S of the same era. SA is 600 sq.ft. She was built by Tucker Brown for Mr. Pattinson who had competed in the same race in Uomie a successful Arthur Robb design in 1956. She is teak and mahogany planked on white oak with canvas covered ply decks. She sleeps 6. She is for sale in Washington State, USA for a  price of USD 10000 which is only £5000 or Euros 7000! She is finely fitted and built with all original equipment and her owner is a former Association member. This boat needs cosmetic work, rewiring and new decks

 


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Published:04-Jan-2008
A replica of REVENOC is under construction in New Zealand

BroReaders of the Association current Yearbook will know of Revenoc designed for Harvey Conover in 1946 with the lines drawn by Aage Nielson acting as an independent designer for S & S (he had previously run their Boston office). Nielsen's speciality was K/cb yachts and this is one of his most elegant designs. John Court has commissioned the replica set up for short handed sailing in Queensland's adwater and Moreton Bay. The design has Nielsen's classic drawn out bow profile typical of the Brazil class as well. The original Revenoc was recently for sale in Rhode Island and latterly Florida. Construction is at Franklin's in Christchurch, NZ,  strip planked and epoxy glued cold moulded kauri laminate over kauri laminated frames. The exterior is glassed and the centreboard case is GRP rather than classic bronze.

Revenoc's sistership White Mist is based in Nova Scotia and was the subject of articles in the 2006 and 2007 Yearbooks.


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Published:12/09/2007
Carleton Mitchell Died on July 16th

We are sad to announce that that great sailor and former owner of Finisterre, Carleton Mitchell, died on July 16th at the ripe old age of 96.
A full appreciation may be  read by clicking on the PDF symbol below. 

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Published:06/07/2007
Treguier - Le Hangar under threat

Our secretary for France, Herve Elies, informs us that after 30 years of operating his store, MARINA SPORTS, first in a disused station and then since 1981  on the quayside, the local City council has declined to renew his lease and wish to redevelop the site. This therefore may be the last year that you can visit the site of the 2006 AGM and Herve's restaurant which serves gargantuan meals of crustaceans which many of you will remember. We all wish Herve the best of luck in combatting the forces of global economics......



Published:26/06/2007
More Racing news from the Med. 2007

Fabio Mangione has tuned the rig successfully on the NY 32 Sirius and new sails have also helped as the crew becomes accustomed to the boat. In the recent Argentario Sailing Week Sirius placed joint second with 12 points together with the Cal 32 Amorita. First place was taken by Vagabundo II with no less a person than German Frers Jr at the helm. Peter was fourth and the Cal 32 Cholita fifth.

The Cals were, as previously announced, heavily penalised by their new ratings moving them up into a bigger class of yacht.

In the recent 164 mile race from La Spezia – Porto Santo Stefano Sirius excelled in the light air placed first and beating Dennis Conners on corrected time. Kipawa was second, Amorita [3rd], Cholita [4th], Mariella [5th], Lucia A [6th]


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Published:06/06/2007
Voiles d'Antibes - Trophee Panerai June 2007 results

Once again the California 32 has triumphed in its class which this year has moved up to Classic Marconi B. This year Cholita, the Nicholas Potter designed CAL 32, which had swept all before it these last couple of years only managed a 4th place overall. She was joined by her sistership, Amorita, which had been owned by Ernie Li in Oakland CA for over 20 years until recently sold. Amorita, just refurbished, has proved invincible with a Ist place overall competing against vastly larger yachts such as Cotton Blossom, Halloween, the very fast Mariella and The Blue Peter. On the basis of size and weight the Cal 32 properly belongs in the next class, Classic Marconi C where the rest of her competitors race. However, such was the performance of the CALS, as I predicted three years ago, that all similar sized yachts, including the famed     S & S NY 32, were left in their wake  in 2005-6, so the CALS now have to fight it out with the 'big boys'.
 
Back in Class C  Sirius, Fabio Mangione's splendid New York 32, rebuilt at Carlini's and at the Cantiere dell'Argentario won her class. She still had to face serious competition from the much larger S&S  Stormy Weather, Solway Maid (Fife), Rowdy (one of the famed Herreshoff NY 40s ) all boats with up to 8ft more waterline length. Sirius is back on form but one needs to put the relativity of the similar designs (CAL and NY32) into perspective. In one race only did the NY 32 cover the course faster than the CAL. In the other three in terms of elapsed time the NY 32 was between 9% and 16% slower over the ground.
 
Alas, the spirit of Corinthian yachting does not feature large on the Med.circuit where many of the winning boats including the CALS have competitive professional paid crews and tacticians. Sirius in contrast is skippered by her owner and an all amateur crew in the finest tradition of the past. It is a great pity the spirit of Corinthian yachting is not enforced by the rules.
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Published:04/06/2007
Castine Classic Yacht Race, Maine 2007

The annual Castine classic race will take place this year on August 2nd (see www.castineyachtclub.org ) as usual just before the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. This year will marke the return of Dorade to US waters as well as the launch of Anna, a Stormy Weather look alike with a modern underbody. Both yachts will be present at Castine and for a write up please view an article published in Soundings by clicking the accompanying PDF symbol

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Published:20/05/2007
May 2007 Annual Meeting & AGM

Tha 2007 AGM was successfully held early in May in Copenhagen, Denmark, masterfully organised by Steen Riisberg and Kerry Costello. Cocktails, canal excusrsions, a sailing trip towards Sweden, dinners, lunches and tours were enjoyed by everyone present. The event was blessed with brilliant sunshine and unseasonably high temperatures. For some images of the events please click the PDF symbol below.


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Published:03/05/2007
The T34 (Tartan 34) Association celebrates the design's 40th Anniversary

A series of celebrations are planned by the T34 association to celebrate the 40th. click the PDF symbol below to see aplan of events. The T34 Association now numbering 200 members generously presented a placque at the copenhagen AGM through the good offices of Rob Snoeks who read a statement at the dinner. The T34 Association is opening a European Branch based in Holland and will organise forthcoming events.


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Published:03/05/2007
HOLLAND FOR THE AGM 2008

At the Copenhagen AGM it was resolved that the 2008 AGM, Dinner and Meeting would be located in Enkhuizen in the Netherlands. The dates have been fixed for  Fri 30th May, Sat 31, Sun 01 and Mon 02 June
Watch this space for more news...........................

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Published:02/05/2007
S & S Association Global Regatta Award for 2006

Each year the Cup is awarded at the annual dinner to 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. The latter is the case for 2006.
 
At the Copenhagen AGM dinner last week Tarantella II  was awarded the cup for her perfomance with a winning margin of 5.08% in the Swan Anniversary Regatta Turku 2006 organised by the Turun Pursiseuru over a 25-30 mile course. The second placed boat was a Swan 42 called Freya . 23 yachts participated including 6 Swan 36, 1 Swan 371, 5 Swan 38, 2 Swan 39, 2 Swan 40, 2 Swan 41,  1 Swan 42, 1 Swan 48. The cup is now being engraved and being sent to Helsinki until next year.
 
It should be noted that Running Tide had some remarkable successes offshore in 2006 winning the Middle Sea Race Malta to Siracusa (the Fastnet of the Med.) and first in the classic division in  a long distance event from St. Tropez to Malta ( Bailli de Suffran July 2006) but regrettably these results which would have automatically won the cup were not eligable for 2006. She was third overall in the Voiles de St. Tropez.

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Published:16/04/2007
Dorade undergoes yet another refit

Dorade underwent a massive refit and upgrading and partial rebuild at the Cantiere dell'Argentario less than ten years ago when owned by Giuseppe Gazzoni. She was recently repatriated to the US and upon a second survey her new owner received a severe shock regarding the amount of work required to put her into Bristol condition. It appears that his initial purchase survey carried out in Italy had failed to reveal some serious defects.....
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Published:16/04/2007
The Tartan 34 celebrates its 40th Anniversary

A series of celebrations are planned by the T34 association to celebrate the 40th. click the PDF symbol below to see a provisional outline plan of events.


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Published:07/04/2007
Brilliant turns 75 and George Moffett retires

On April 23rd the 61 ft schooner Brilliant built at Nevins in 1931/2 celebrates her 75th Anniversary. Based at Mystic Seaport she is in the process of redecking in order to restore her considerable strength. George Moffett has sailed on her for 25 years and skippered her for many of these and is now retiring. The Association congratulates George and knows that we will be hearing more of him even in retirement.


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Published:07/04/2007
First Trans Atlantic Race for Classic Yachts

The First Trans Atlantic Race for Classic Yachts 2008

On August 16th 2008 the first Classic Trans Atlantic Race will set sail from Douarnez with a stop in Agadir. The second leg leaves Agadir on the 28th November. yachts will be divided into three classes. Please visit http://www.transat-classique.com/presentation.html for more information. There is now an English language option on the site as well as French. Additional information will be posted at a later date.

The following yachts have already indicated they will participate.
 KATAREE 1956 yawl Robb 14,00 m.
STIREN 1959 yawl Stephens 15,00 m.
KIFF 1959 yawl Stephens 12,00 m.
SKAL 1931 cotre aurique 15,00 m.
PERSEPHONE 1968 Tina 11,40 m.
HELISARA 1967 Tina 11,40 m.
BRAMBERS 1964 sloop Camper & Nicholson 14,10 m.
GRIFFON 1968 sloop Lemaire 12,00 m.
BOLERO 1970 Tina 11,40 m.
BRYELL II 1968 sloop Britton Chance 11,30 m.
PALYNODIE 1964 sloop Stephens 12,10 m.
ONYX 1966 Taillefer Maas 11,30 m.
BILOU-BELLE 1967 Tina 11,40 m.
CERVANTES IV 1970 sloop Stephens 12,50 m.
WESTWARD 1959 Yawl Mc Gruer 13,50 m.
MARIE CHRISTINE II 1956 Sergent 13,50 m.
EILIDH 1931 Mylne 17,50 m
PLUME 1964 Illingworth 12,20 m
CORTO 1970 Carter 13,20 m
NORYEMA IV 1964 Camper-Nicholson 14,00 m
 
 Our indomitable Breton Secretary, Herve Elies will be flying S & S Association  colours on Palynodie.

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Published:06/04/2007
'Mitch' Gibbons-Neff Challenge Cup Appeal

Peter Woodd and Patrick Matthisen have launched an appeal to establish a 'Mitch' Gibbons Neff Memorial Challenge Cup to be awarded annually for the best racing result by an S & S designed yacht on the Mediterranean Classic racing Circuit under the CIM/AIVE rules (or whatever may replace them in the future). We are about half way to raising the requisite funds for an appropriate trophy. Mitch was not only the President of    S & S Incfor 22 years but a friend to all Association members and anyone owning an S & S boat. An obituary was published on this website below on February 5th 2007. Mitch was a legend and those of you who did not know him intimately can see the comments from people who have been his friend in the Scuttlebut Forum. They make remarkable reading: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?guest=1183724&do=search_results&search_forum=all&search_type=AND&search_string=Mitch
Please would you donate funds to the 'Mitch' appeal and send them to the Hon.Secretary, S&S Association, 7/8 Masons Yard, London SW1Y 6BU, UK or you may pay by PayPal and credit sands@matthiesengallery.com but be careful to mark the payment 'Mitch' Trophy Appeal.
Anyone donating more then $100 or £50 qualifies for a half price copy at £20 of Classic Sails - The Ratsey and Lapthorne Story . If you wish to receive this illustrated book about the era of classic yachts send an additional £20 with your mailing address.

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Published:06/04/2007
Olin Stephens and the Dolphin Association website

Olin's 99th birthday is fast approaching on April 13th and the Association takes this opportunity to wish him 'Many Happy Returns' and a memorable and enjoyable day. This photo was taken in February 07 by member, Ron Breault on a visit. Olin has just been presented with some delicious home made jam and looks as if he will enjoy it with his breakfast. 'Olin, we wish so much that you could have joined us in Copenhagen later this month but we know this is not possible. We shall toast your health and hope that you will be able to enjoy your trip to Tuscany in June'
                                                                                                                                  P.M.
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Published:28/03/2007
THE WAVE - Spring 2007 Newsletter

The latest edition of The Wave is about to be mailed to members together with a copy of the AGM Agenda. The Newsletter contains the Annual Meeting Programme for Copenhagen April 27-30th as well as news items.
You may download an electronic copy by clicking on the PDF symbol below.....
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Published:27/03/2007
Castine regatta and feeder race, Maine 2007

This year the Castine Classic Yacht Reception falls on August 1st. This event will also celebrate the rightful return of Dorade to US ownership and waters. At the same time the new 56' S&S Anna, a modern updating of Stormy Weather, will be launched.
August 2nd sees the Castine Classic Yacht Race, August 3rd the Castine to Brooklin Race, and August 4th the Classic Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. For more information please contact dbicks@llgm.com;

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Published:25/02/2007
April 1st Commodore's Race for S & S 34s

 The Freemantle Sailing Club, Western Australia is organising a race for 10 S & S 34s with one (Sulphur) in reserve. They aim to get as many boats  present as possible. Yachts are advised to have clean waterlines and dodgers down! On March 31st there will be a cruise in company. Up to 27 boats may participate - what a glorious sight.....


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Published:24/02/2007
New Australian S&S 34 Triumph

The new vacuum bagged 34 with the 'Heath Tall Rig' as designed for the Sydney-Hobart Race  and Mk 2 keel profile is proving extremely fast. The S & S 34 Association of Western Australia claim it is 600kg lighter than the original and back to the original design weight and that it is also stronger. Locally one of the new boats has beaten the "IRC specific" Beneteau First 34.7 on 3 out of 3 races this season (under IRC).
There would seem to be scope for this re-incarnation to compete in European waters.


Published:22/02/2007
Copenhagen cruise aboard the schooner Maja

Open the PDF below to read about s/v Maja which is part of the 2007 Association Programme

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Published:22/02/2007
2007 S&S Association AGM and Dinner in Copenhagen

Sail an old schooner, cycle on the Swedish island Ven, enjoy the gala dinner in maritime surroundings, experience the AGM in the Canon Basement, explore Copenhagen, visit one of the most renowned boatyards in the world. This and more is what is on offer at this years AGM and Rendez-Vous in Copenhagen, Denmark, scheduled for April 27-30th 2007.
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Published:13/02/2007
A new Secretary for Finland and the Baltic

Antti Muuronen of s/y Adelfe, has accepted the post of Honorary Secretary for Finland and the Baltic. He has been a very active yachtsman since early childhood, being the son of a "Cape Horner". His father sailed asFirst Officer and Captainon the grain trade 4-mast barque ships to Australia. In his youth, he accompanied his father on many voyages on merchant vessels. When studying medicine in Germany, he spend his Summer vacationsbeing a sailing trainer. His sailing background spans from dinghy racing to offshore racing on ownand other people’s boats and he has done lots of cruising, being last autumn Watch Captainin the ARC onboard theFinnish 76-foot yacht Anya.



Published:13/02/2007
S&S Love & War is the outright winner of the IRC Sydney-Hobart

An S & S 47 has won the Sydney - Hobart Race three times in 1973, 1978 and now 2006 - a record.

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Published:05/02/2007
'Mitch' Gibbons Neff 1941 - 2007

 We are sad to announce the passing of 'Mitch' after a short illness on February 4th, 2007.
 
Mitch grew up in Maryland and showed an early passion for sailing fostered by his parents. After graduating in geology he signed up in the US Navy in 1963 and was the Engineering Officer on the  U.S.S. Salute minesweeping. He subsequently was in charge of a Swift boat in Vietnam a type made famous in the film Apocalypse Now. He contracted malaria there which was to dog him persistently through later years. Upon returning to the US he completed a Harvard M.B.A and worked in the Pacific NW on engineering as a project manager.
 
In 1971 Mitch joined Palmer Johnson and in 1973 he co-founded Nautor USA with whom PJ were co-producing S & S designs most particularly the Swan/PJ43. Mitch soon interviewed with the then managing broker at S & S and upon being informed the company 'would get back to him,' in typical Mitch form asked if an empty desk in the office was currently in use. Upon being told 'no' he replied that he would start the next day! Mitch became President of S & S  in 1985 and continued until January 2007. Mitch's life centered round boats and an avid racer he participated in 20 Bermuda Races, the first when he was only 14 years old. Mitch was a great seaman, an expert trimmer and a fantastic shipmate. As friends have recalled whatever happenned at sea one knew with certainty that Mitch could get you home safe and sound.
 
Mitch's family had an early Owen's cutter, one of the fastest and lightest 40 footers of the period. During their family ownership [the boat, Prim, is still sailed by the family] the boat underwent many modifications growing enormously in girth due to foam additions! In 1972 Mitch navigated Prim to a second place in class  in the Bermuda to Bayona Trans-Atlantic Race, a considerable feat for a 30 year old design!
 
Mitch was something of a rough diamond on the exterior, weather beaten, tanned but with a heart of gold.  Available to all S & S owners who always were friends first and foremost before being 'clients' he had time and advice for anyone who requested his opinion which was ascerbic and to the point. Scuttlebut recounts a typical Mitch quote: "Hey! The only thing scarier than a sailor with a gun is a broker with an architect's scale."  To me in hospital when asked his opinion about a well respected design by a famous architect he replied "why do you need to look at another 'clunker'"? He leaves an irreplaceable void. Mitch is survived by his two sons, Tim and Paul, and by his brothers Tony, Peter and Henry, and his father Sunny to whom the Association send their most profound condolences for their tragic loss.
 
A very extensive exchange or reminiscences about the inimitable 'Mitch' has been opened on Scuttlebut and gives a true insight into the humanity of this man - see http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/07/0204/
 
A memorial service will be organised and a notice will be posted in the future
                                                                                                                                   P.M.
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A tribute celebrating the life of Mitchell C. Gibbons-Neff, who passed away on February 4, 2007, is being held at the New York Yacht Club on Friday, February 23 at 1600 in the Model Room. Please join us in remembering, celebrating and sharing stories about Mitch. The New York Yacht Club is located at 37 West 44th Street, New York, New York. Coat and tie requested. Drinks and light refreshments will be served.


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Published:28/01/2007
A New President at Sparkman & Stephens Inc.

Gregory Matzat, the Chief Naval Architect at S & S has taken over as President effective January 16 2007. 'Greg' is well known as a sailing boat enthusiast, tactician and had previously been Vice - President. He is only the sixth person to fill this role in the firm's 78 year old history.
Bruce Johnson, Chief designer is now Vice-President.
'Mitch' Gibbons-Neff, a legendary figure in yachting circles has  stepped down owing to ill health and all Association members wish him a speedy recover. 


Published:16/01/2007
A New BABE?

Babe was a legendary design of the 1930s which carried all before it. 31 feet LOD she had snubbed ends which prefigured some of Laurent Giles' post war light displacement RORC designs. Babe had an unusually long LWL in relation to LOA for the era of 26 feet and her rig made her formidable in light air. Association members may remember that in the 2005 Yearbook an Article entitled Pocket Cruisers reproduced both the original design and an exercise approved by Olin Stephens to update the underbody while retaining the classic canoe hull and deck layout. This plan may become a reality under the watchful eye of Doug Peterson with the latest in underbody thinking and apendage while retaining the classic look and rig to compete in the Spirit of Tradition category. It is planned to build 6 boats in series to contain costs (reminiscent of the original construction of the NY32s) using traditional planking at Rockport Marine. The new boat will be stretched to 34ft in order to improve on capacity and accomodation. Anyone interested in placing an order should contact Knight Coolidge at 42 Back Shore Road, Round Pond, ME 04567.
The original Babe was sailing on Long Island Sound out of Oyster Bay until the late 1960s or 70s since when she has disappeared. Should anyone know of her location whatever her present condition they should contact the Association Hon. Secretary. The lines of the original Babe and a plan of the earlier update may be viewed by clicking on the PDF symbol below.
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Published:13/01/2007
Proposal for a classic S & S Regatta in the Med.

Several members are keen to see an exclusive S & S event instituted in the Med. It was hoped that this might be combined with the annual Swan Rendez-vous near Punta Ala in August but there is a problem regarding the sponsors and above all the constraints of dock space. So it is back to the drawing board. A meeting between some interested parties to discuss plans is scheduled soon. If any S & S classic yacht owner in the Med. has input or ideas to further promote this idea please feel free to contact the Hon. Secretary. The most recent current thinking is to hold the event in July 2007 in conjunction with the Argentario Classic Events. Five or six S&S yachts already participate and there is the chance that Olin Stephens himself may preside. Olin will be 99 this year and we all look forward to seeing him in Italy once again.


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Published:17/12/2006
Sinisterre featured in Good Old Boat

Sinisterre owned by member Bill Tait is the subject of an extensive article in the January Good Old Boat Magazine. Bill's restoration featured in an earlier edition of the member's Yearbook a few years ago. He has undertaken two restorations - one shortly after he bought the boat in 1982 and a more thorough one since 2001. Sinisterre appears a little lighter than her prototype Finisterre, apparently weighing in at only 19000 lbs with tanks emptied. The article in G.O.B. is followed by an article by no less a designer than Ted Brewer about Olin Stephens, Carlton Mitchell and Finisterre. The article will be posted in the website section dedicated to S&S articles which may be accessed on the main website menu under Publications.


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Published:05/12/2006
Cometa and Tomahawk

The December edition of Classic Boat Magazine contains an account of St. Tropez classic racing in 2006 with the encounters between Cometa and Tomahawk. Competition between     S & S  boats was fierce with So Fong winning the series . Cometa was 5th in class behind Stormy Weather 4th while Tomahawk was 6th.


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Published:06/11/2006
† BILL SHAW

Bill Shaw passed away on August 20th. Those of you who read the Association yearbook will know that Bill was behind the design of the Yankee Dolphin which was based on one of his designs and which has done much to introduce young families to S & S boats. Bill joined S&S in 1952 after training at the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology and eventually left after 11 years  to join as Chief designer (replacing Carl Arlberg) the successful firm of Pearson yachts which produced numerous very successful GRP boats. His carreer has been documented in Good Old Boat Magazine in articles 'The Pearson Era' Nov. 1999 and 'How rating Shaped Our Boats' May, 2000 and ' The Yankee Dolphin' Sept. 2005. Bill's initials can be found on many S&S drawings of the early ''50s. Apparently Pearson was backed By Grumman at the time whose COE owned an S&S which Bill had partly designed.

Boat Digest tells the following  story about Bill while at S&S: '

Bill began to tell a story of his days as a naval architect for the noted firm Sparkman and Stephens. One day Bill gets a call from a yacht broker who sold a large yacht that Bill was designing. “What is the center of gravity,” he asked. Bill explained that it’s complicated, and he tried to review the physical properties. “But can I see it?” the broker asked. Bill explained that no you can’t see it, it’s part of the boat’s design. He offered to speak to the clients and explain the center of gravity of their boat. The broker objected and said it just would not work, that they had to see the COG. Bill dug a little deeper, asking why this was so darn important. “Well,” explained the broker, “I sold it as a $10,000 option.” Bill thought about it.And then had a beautiful brass ball made and engraved “Center of Gravity” on the face. The yard installed it in the middle of the enginroom. There’s the COG!-(G.Sass).'

In the decade prior to its demise in 1991, Pearson Yachts was noted for building mainstream cruiser/racers of above average construction with decent sailing and cruising characteristics. During its long history, Pearson’s boats can be divided into three fairly distinct categories. Though the company was formed in 1956, its first large successful sailboat was the Triton, in 1959. Into the mid-1960s, Pearson built solid, single skin boats, like the Vanguard, Rhodes 41, Invicta 38 and Countess 44, that were capable of offshore sailing. This was due in part to their moderately heavy displacement, full keels and all-wood interiors, which allowed bulkheads to be tabbed to the deck, as well as all furniture to the hull.

As the demand for lighter, general purpose boats became stronger, and as Bill Shaw took over all the design work, Pearson built a lot of CCA-type boats, including the Pearson 33 and 39. Some were keel/centerboards. They had large mainsails, smaller foretriangles, and generous overhangs. These boats represent something of a transition between the old Rhodes, Alberg and Alden designs, and Shaw’s 1980-era designs, which make up the third category.

The Pearson 37 is one of several transitional Bill Shaw designs that stands apart from the others.


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Published:26/09/2006
NYYC Dinner Honouring Olin Stephens

Wednesday, October 25th
 The National Maritime Historical Society’s will hold its Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Yacht Club.  This year we are paying tribute to the history of America’s Cup.  At the dinner we will honor Olin Stephens, America’s pre-eminent designer of ocean racing yachts including six America’s Cup winners and co-founder of the firm that bears his name.  Halsey Herreshoff, himself a recipient of our Distinguished Service Award, and president of the Herreshoff Marine Museum as well as the America’s Cup Hall of Fame, will present Mr. Stephens with his award.  Gary Jobson, winner of the 1977 America’s Cup with Ted Turner, ESPN’s and NBC’s sailing commentator, a prolific author and television host, will also be present to receive our Distinguished Service Award.  Gary will also give the keynote presentation.   
 Funds from the dinner benefit the work of the National Maritime Historical Society. Founded in 1963, the Society is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the nation’s maritime heritage. The Society publishes the renowned Sea History magazine, a copy of which is enclosed herein, as well as a diverse group of nautical publications through its Sea History Press.  NMHS fosters cooperative action from a wide range of maritime institutions, operates a maritime education program of diverse activities, and sponsors maritime conferences.  Our membership includes many of America’s most well-known yachting enthusiasts including a not insignificant number of New York Yacht Club members and owners of Olin’s designs.  In fact, many of those who will be attending the event are past, current, and undoubtedly, future owners of  Sparkman & Stephens designs.  I myself am fortunate to own one of Olin’s designs and wouldn’t miss the chance to honor Olin whenever the opportunity presents itself. 
 
Individual places are $350. 


Published:29/08/2006
Mystic Seaport Award Dinner

November 15 2006
Mystic Seaport
AMERICA & THE SEA
An Award Dinner honouring
OLIN STEPHENS II
6pm Cocktails
7pm Dinner
at the St Regis Hotel
2E. 55th St
New York
for further information contact Sally Halsey + 860 572 0711 ext 5120
 

It gives us great pleasure to announce the recipient of the first Mystic Seaport America and the Sea Award, Olin J. Stephens II.  On Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City beginning at 6 p.m., Olin will be honored for his influence on a generation of sailors and boat designers.  His small boat designs broadened the audience for sailing, allowing people from all walks of life to get out on the water and experience the sea.  At the same time, he contributed to the highest level of competition in the sport, the America’s Cup.  The variety of his designs and the aesthetics he brought to them make him a 20th century legend in his field.

 Tickets for the black tie dinner are $500 per person, or $5,000 for a table of 10.  The event is nearing capacity, so don’t delay if you wish to participate in this gala evening.  Gary Jobson will be Master of Ceremonies, the Alex Donner Orchestra will provide music for dancing, and other special guests will join us in honoring Olin Stephens.

 Sponsors for the event include Sparkman & Stephens, Inc., Condé Nast Publications, Inc, and Burger Boat Company.  Sponsorships are still available beginning at $10,000 for a table of 10.

 

 


Published:01/07/2006
TOMAHAWK LIVES!

Tomahawk, an exquisite S&S creation of 1938 LOA 48' has been rebuilt in Cornwall after some perilous recent years in and around Mystic where she was rapidly deteriorating. She has been rebuilt from the ground up, including a new backbone. Destined for the Med circuit in 2007 this yawl, which used to race against the S&S Magic Venture in New England, should prove a formidable adversary in the classic fleet. Her lines, a development of the NY32, are unusually fine.On her maiden voyage to Fowey she encountered 30 knot easterly winds and 10 foot waves.


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Published:20/02/2006
S & S M36 - another success story

Morris Yachts have obtained real success with their impeccable M36 launched in time for the Sparkman and Stephens 75th Anniversary only three years ago. They have already sold 36 of these handsome day sailors and orders continue to come in.

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Published:18/02/2006
S & S Hylas 49 available in the UK in Southampton

The beautifully executed S & S centre cockpit Hylas 49 is available imported into the UK at an extremely competitive price from Hylas Ltd. Take a look at this lavishly fitted yacht on http://www.hylasyachts.com/mainsite/Hylas49/49.htm  The yacht became a favorite with charter companies on account of the cabin comfort, security, standard of finish and of course classic S & S ability. If you are in the market for a yacht of this type as a far less expensive alternative to a Swan  contact Roger Burroughs at Hylas.
49 specifications

 

DIMENSIONS & CAPACITIES
  LOA 14.90 m
LWL 12.04 m
Beam 4.34 m
Draft 1.90 m
Displacement 14,500 kgs
Ballast 6,576 kgs
Water tankage 230 gallons
Fuel tankage 140 gallons
Sail area 1,251 sq ft with 135% genoa
Auxillary Yanmar 75 hp
Ballast/displacement ratio 45%
Mast above the water 19.33 m
OE Category A - Ocean

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Published:13/02/2006
Olin Stephens to receive Royal Cruising Club Award

The RCC writes:
'The Royal Cruising Club has awarded its medal for services to cruising to Olin Stephens - an award that I am sure that all members will agree is very well-deserved.....  Each of us will  probably feel that the capability of our own boat is demonstrable proof that he could design fast, seakindly and seaworthy vessels that more than merit the award.'
 
Olin is unable to attend the dinner at which the award is to be presented because of prior committments racing in San Diego and Italy for the classics! Nevertheless Olin hopes to be in the UK once again for the RCC meet on the Beaulieu River later in September 2006.

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Published:16/12/2005
Anyone for a new S & S 34?

Cottesloe Yachts and Swarbrick & Swarbrick Yachts Western Australia have re- introduced the classic Sparkman & Stephens 34.


If you are in the market for a new 34 then  take a look at the new brochure pdf. The link is at the bottom of this news item.

Now craftman-built with pride in Western Australia. Using some of the world's most advanced construction techniques by S.P. Systems Australia. Composite engineering materials to combine innovation with elegance and tradition. The modern S&S34 offers ease of handling, supurb cruising comfort with a world renowned safety record. The sleek sea-kindley hull design delivers unsurpassed performance for short or extended cruising, relaxing quietly on a mooring or sailing in copmpetition.

New S&S 34 yachts are built using the foam sandwich, vacuum-resin technique perfected in the manufacture of the Volvo 60s. This brings lightness and strength to new hulls. Furthermore new boats have the option of either a mark 1 or mark 11 keel and rudder assemblage. The mark 11 rudder was recommended for potential racing yachts or cruising where there is likely to be a lot of down-wind travel as that rudder provides greater down-wind control.

The spacious interior now comes with a choice of modern furniture layouts and soft furnishings can be customised to reflect your personal taste.

There is the option of either a cruising of racing rig with a choice of roller furling.

The S&S34 is available in various stages or as a completed yacht.

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Published:01/12/2005
The S & S 34 does it again!

Nick Thomson on Lala Salama has completed a world circumnavigation. Best 24 hour run 174 nautical miles. HHighest speed 12.4 k! Average speed 5.2 k. This phenomenal result reported courtesy of the S & S 34 Association. The 34 must by now be the most travelled circumnavigating class bar none a testimony to her designer (see the article on the 34 in the Publications/Articles section of the main menu)

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