Newport, RI – – March 22, 2018 – – The 2018-2019 biennial Designer Series honoring the yacht designs of Sparkman & Stephens will kick off with a Designer Discussion and Sponsor Appreciation Party on June 28, 2018. Additional design centric events throughout the next year will lead into the Designer Series Rendezvous which will take place June 27 to 30, 2019.

The Designer Discussion will take place in Newport, RI on Thursday June 28th, 2018. This event will facilitate on-going education, talent development and provide an open exchange of ideas among yacht designers and other industry professionals.

The Designer Discussion will be followed by a Sponsor Appreciation party at the Ida Lewis Yacht Club. The 1932 schooner, Brilliant, will also be in attendance for those who wish to witness first hand one of the greatest designs from the mind of Olin Stephens.

The Designer Series Rendezvous will be based in Newport at Ft. Adams June 27 to 30, 2019 where dockage will be available at Sail Newport. This event will feature a wide variety of Sparkman & Stephens designed boats and will provide opportunities for not just boat owners, but for all those interested in the legacy of Sparkman & Stephens yacht designs. Activities will include social events honoring the history of Sparkman & Stephens, live entertainment, racing and awards and will culminate with a boat parade through Newport Harbor on Sunday the 30th.  Additional event timing and details will follow at a later date and will be posted to the web site at designerseries.org.