The Designer Series is a global collaboration created to honor the vision, brilliance, and legacy of iconic individuals who have shaped the field of yacht design.


Designs that captivate the world’s attention through craftsmanship, heritage, and innovation.

While we pay tribute to one renowned yacht designer throughout a two-year series of events, we expand our reach through our Design Discussions. Here we bring together prolific designers who embody classic time-honored style and deep-rooted history, encompassing a variety of industries, for an open exchange of ideas and dialogue to promote the culture of design, with the commonality of excellence.

The Designer Series Rendezvous, our signature event held in the second year of our series, is a festive action-packed 4-day celebration. Unique in that our rendezvous is exclusive for boats designed by the honoree of choice, the event attracts an international spectrum of legendary yachts and a diverse array of boat owners; eager to exchange stories and meet others who share the same passion for the designer and their contributions to the yachting world, while enjoying spirited on-the-water racing and land-based festivities. Throughout the 4 days celebration, our guests, boat owners and the public will enjoy world class entertainment, food, fashion and art.

The 2018-2019 honoree is Sparkman & Stephens

Design Discussion

June 28th, 2018

2019 Rendezvous

June 27-30, 2019

Our Mission

The Designer Series unique concept is much more than a single rendezvous. While we pay tribute to one renowned yacht designer spanning a two-year series of events, we expand our influence by hosting first class programs throughout 2018, such as our Design Discussions; where we bring together industry leaders and designers, encompassing a variety of fields, for an exchange of ideas and dialogue to champion the culture of design, heritage and innovation; with the commonality of excellence.

An integral part of our mission is to cultivate the designers of tomorrow with our Scholarship & Mentoring Program, which combines a cash award as well as hands on mentoring with a Sparkman & Stephens yacht designer. We encourage all students to submit their application for selection, which is located on our website. Our selection committee will announce the 2019 recipient at our S&S awards dinner. Our hope is that one day their designs will be as celebrated as those we honor through the Designer Series.


Honor the worlds most iconic yacht designers & cultivate the designers of tomorrow.


The Designer Series Rendezvous, celebrating the legacy of Sparkman & Stephens, is a festive action-packed 4-day celebration. Unique in that our rendezvous is exclusive for boats designed by the honoree, the event attracts an international spectrum of legendary yachts and a diverse array of boat owners; eager to exchange stories and meet others who share the same passion for the designer and their contributions to the yachting world, while enjoying spirited on-the-water racing and land-based festivities. Throughout the 4-day celebration, our guests, boat owners and the public will enjoy world class entertainment, food, fashion and art.

Contact Us


Please contact Carol Beecher at:
ds@designerseries.org | 401.236.1866

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