The Sparkman Stephens 30 was originated in 1935 by Olin Stephens and his design number 97 called “BABE”.BABE had a very successful race career in FL and was a design ahead of her time with a long water line, plumb bow and aggressive sail plan.
In 2005 Olin was asked what was one of his favorite designs he would like to bring back and he immediately chose design 97, called BABE.
Over the past five years, the S&S design team has worked on all of the details to reintroduce the S&S 30 with a new underbody, modern construction methods and materials and worked hard to reach a budget goal that Olin had requested.
Every client who has sailed the new BABE has remarked how easy she is to handle, stable, dry and fun to sail. You can consider older designs such as the Alerion, or the expensive Morris 29 or Morris 36, or a respectable J95 or J100, but once you test sail the S&S 30 you will notice the immediate benefits and advantages consistent with a true pedigree from one of the best yacht designers, Olin Stephens.