Design Discussion


Celebrating the legendary yacht designsof Sparkman & Stephens.


June 28, 2018

Reunited for an afternoon of engaging conversation are renowned S&S alumni including Halsey Herreshoff, David Pedrick, Andy MacGowan, Paul Buttrose, Jim Teeters, and current Chief Designer Brendan Abbott for a retrospect of S&S and the projects that were important to them during their tenure. Moderated by distinguished naval historian Llewellyn Howland III.

Discussion Panel

Andy MacGowan participated in six America’s Cup Campaigns, and contributed to the design and construction of seven 12 Meter’s for the America’s Cup. At a New York Yacht Club sponsored 12 Meter era reunion in 2010 for all participants from all countries from 1958 – 1987, Mr. MacGowan participated in numerous panels as a Legend of the Sport.

David Pedrick’s designs have won the America’s Cup, earned awards for Superyacht of the Year, broken ocean race course records, and captured the essence of classic style.  He was a principal designer in eight campaigns, producing two Cup winners – Courageous in 1974 (while at Sparkman & Stephens) and Stars & Stripes in 1987.

Distinguished as the most active America’s Cup sailor during the 12 Metre era, Halsey Herreshoff was a crewman as bowman, crew boss, or navigator in six campaigns and sailed in four America’s Cup matches. A naval architect and marine engineer, Herreshoff has also contributed to the support of technology and management of many campaigns. He is also the founder of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame with the late Edward du Moulin.

Paul Buttrose has spent 40 years in the marine industry — mostly in association with Sparkman & Stephens. He was at the helm of many of the company’s most famous and winning builds. Today, Buttrose has come full circle as a broker at Sparkman & Stephens. He is co-founder of Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s public sailing center, and a past president of the International Twelve Metre Class Association.

Llewellyn Howland III, who was born and raised in South Dartmouth, is a former editor, a distinguished naval historian, and an antiquarian bookseller.

As chief designer of Sparkman & Stephens, Abbott balances S&S’ classic heritage with developing modern and creative solutions. He is a Professional Engineer, naval architect, and designer with a passionate attention to detail and proportion.  Recent custom projects include builds at Royal Huisman and Lyman Morse.  A native of Buffalo, NY, Brendan now calls the Newport area home, after moving the S&S design office there in 2010.

Jim Teeters was hired in 1981 at to work on the Spirit campaign.  Then played a bigger role in the America II campaign.

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