Sparkman & Stephens 75th Anniversary Celebration Events

Storied firm has completed the design of over 2700 yachts

January 6th 2004

img2096In 2004, Sparkman & Stephens is celebrating 75 years of yacht design and brokerage. Olin Stephens and Drake Sparkman founded Sparkman & Stephens in 1929. Since the establishment of the firm, the design department has completed the design of over 2700 yachts, commercial craft and military vessels and the brokerage department has assisted more clients and friends than we can count.

Several events have been planned to celebrate the 75th Anniversary. The highlight of the events will be the July 9-11, 2004 at the Mystic Seaport Museum where Sparkman & Stephens yachts and friends will be gathering for a weekend of festivities. On Saturday, July 10 there will a 75th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Concours de ‘Elegance. We expect 1,000 people from around the world to attend the S&S celebration at Mystic and over 500 to attend the Gala Dinner. More than 50 of the finest Sparkman & Stephens designed yachts, past and present, large and small, will be rendezvousing and on display. Olin Stephens will be on hand and speaking about the firm’s storied history. Yacht builders and friends that have brought the designs of S&S to form and sailed them will tell about their stories of working with Olin, Rod and the firm. On Sunday, July 11, the 2004 Sparkman & Stephens Association Annual General Meeting will be held and there will be a parade of the yachts.

The activities will continue in the weeks following, including participation in the Annual IYRS (International Yacht Restoration School) Cruise, the Museum of Yachting Annual Sparkman & Stephens 12-Meter Regatta in Newport, Rhode Island, and a Designer’s Symposium and Classic Yacht Racing in Castine Maine.

These series of events will likely be the largest and most notable yachting event in the U.S. during 2004 and are co-sponsored by Sparkman & Stephens and The Sparkman & Stephens Association in cooperation with Mystic Seaport Museum, The International Yacht Restoration School, The Museum of Yachting and The Castine Yacht Club.

For further information please contact:
Steve Kloeblen, Sparkman & Stephens Association of North America
Email:, Tel: 1-914-766-4012
Bruce Johnson , Chief Designer, Sparkman & Stephens
Email:, Tel: 1-212-661-1240

75th Schedule of Events

New York Yacht Club, Manhattan, July 8, 2004

* Reception and Sparkman and Stephens Association

Mystic Seaport Museum, July 9-11, 2004

Friday July 9th
* Arrival of Yachts, Registration
* Sparkman & Stephens Association Cocktail Party (Mystic Seaport, Members Garden)

Saturday July 10th
* Tour of Yachts on Display
* Builders Demonstrator Yachts on Display
* Private Tour of Ships Plans Building
* Guest speakers (Builders, Olin Stephens, Other Special Guests)
* Sparkman & Stephens Anniversary Gala Dinner
* Concours d’Elegance Awards

Sunday July 11th
* Sparkman & Stephens Association Annual General Meeting
* Tours of Yachts on Display
* Builders Demonstrator Yachts on Display
* S&S Yacht Parade (2 PM)
* S&S Day Sail Fishers Island Sound
* IYRS Classic Yacht Cruise Rendezvous (West Harbor, Fishers Island)

IYRS (International Yacht Restoration School) Cruise, July 11-16, 2004

Sunday July 11th
* Yachts Rendezvous at Fishers Island “West Harbor”

Monday July 12th
* Cruise to Orient Point

Tuesday July 13th
* Racing Gardiners Bay
* Reception Cherry Harbor

Wednesday July 14th
* Cruise to Block Island or Point Judith

Thursday July 15th
* Cruise in Company to IYRS (International Yacht Restoration School), Newport
* Reception, J Class Management

Friday July 16th
* Gala Dinner, IYRS, Newport

Museum of Yachting Annual, Sparkman & Stephens 12-Meter Regatta, July 17-18, 2004

Saturday July 17th
* 12-Meter Racing on Narragansett Bay
* S&S “Fleet” to sail to Newport
* Display of S&S Yachts at Fort Adams
* Reception / Dinner at Museum of Yachting, Fort Adams, Newport

Sunday July 18th
* 12-Meter Racing on Narragansett Bay
* Awards Ceremony

Downeast Rendezvous: Designer’s Symposium and Castine Classic Yacht Race, August 3-5, 2004

Tuesday August 3rd
* Designers’ Symposium, Castine Yacht Club (Olin Stephens, Bruce Johnson, Greg Matzat, German Frers, Doug Peterson, David Pedrick and others).

Wednesday August 4th
* Exhibition of S&S Yachts, Castine Yacht Club
* NY32 Class Racing
* Cocktail Reception and Downeast Clambake, Fort Madison

Thursday August 5th
* Fifth Annual Castine Classic Yacht Race

Friday August 6th
* Camden to Brooklin Feeder Race

Saturday August 7th
* Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, Brooklin, Me. (Wooden Boat)
* Cocktail Party and Award Ceremony