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Sparkman & Stephens celebrates 75 years

Sparkman & Stephens celebrates 75 years

Sparkman & Stephens celebrated its 75th anniversary in style in July, with events held in New York at the New York Yacht Club and in Connecticut at the Mystic Seaport.

Yachts and guests made the trip from as far away as Florida, California, Canada, Bermuda, Italy, Holland and France to celebrate the founding of the company in 1929 by Olin Stephens and Drake Sparkman.

The events began with a cocktail party July 8 in the Model Room of the New York Yacht Club. There a tribute was paid to Olin Stephens, the firm, and the many designs that have come from the company’s drawings boards.

The celebration continued on July 9 with the arrival of 70 of Sparkman & Stephens’ finest designs at Mystic Seaport. Originally only 100 people were expected for a cocktail party at the Mystic Seaport’s Member’s Garden, but after receiving 350 R.S.V.P.s, the party had to be moved to the River Room and Patio at the Seamen’s Inne, adjacent to the seaport.

More than 1,000 owners, enthusiasts and friends of S&S were at Mystic Seaport July 10 to participate in the company’s anniversary and see the yachts on display