Recent News

Welcome to the S&S34 Association

Webmaster’s latest info:

  • “Morning Mischief” is to be auctioned at Yaringa Sat 5th Dec, you might pick up a bargain!  For more details click here
  • Swagman wins 1st Association race of 2015-16! Please click here for results. Don’t forget the next race is at SoPYC on 5th Dec 2015
  • Jess Watson is wanting your input to help develop a new website that promises to be a very useful resource for all of us wanting to find marine related services and gear.  Please click here for more info.
  • AZZURRO WINS GOLD COAST RACE!                                                     Azzurro has won the 2015 Sydney to Gold Coast outright on both IRC and ORCi, beating high tech Maxis such as the 100′ Perpetual Loyal, the JV62 Chinese Whisper (ex Maxi world champion) and the optimised Volvo 70 Black Jack. A truly stunning achievement that shows that the S&S 34 is still capable of beating the world’s best ocean racers.  Go to the website for more details:
  • For your interest, I have published the Swarbrick’s list of boats built with built dates, hull numbers and original owner’s names.  If you can fill in any of the missing pieces please let me know!Please also look under the “news” button above.                                                  Regards, Simon Torvaldsen, Webmaster

Welcome to the website of the Sparkman & Stephens 34 Association.  The Association is here to support all owners of S&S 34 yachts worldwide, and anyone else who loves these beautiful boats.  We promote both racing and cruising. S&S34s have completed more long distances voyages, especially solo, than any other yacht design.  They are also highly competitive IRC racers and are still winning major offshore races.

Around 200 boats have been built, about 130 in Australia and the remainder in the UK.  New boats are still available, please click on the “The New S&S 34″  button above for full details and photos.

This website was originally established by member Steve Laws and was refurbished in 2013..  There is a link to our Discussion Forum on the right side of the page.

We hope you like our new site and please email the webmaster via the “contact” button with any comments or queries, or post direct on the website – unfortunately due to spamming issues you will have to fill in the Captcha anti-spam filter but only for your first comment. Your comments will be posted once reviewed by the webmaster. More comprehensive discussions can be had on the Discussion Forum.

A Few S&S34 Achievements

We believe that the S&S 34 has completed more circumnavigations and set more world sailing records than any other production yacht. Just some of the achievements:

Member Jon Sanders AO, OBE, honoured in 1983 by the United States Institute of Navigation with their Superior Achievement Award. Sailed his S&S 34 Perie Banou around the world twice via Cape Horn, non stop and alone, to set 12 world records.

Member David Dicks when only 17 years old set the record for the youngest to sail alone and non stop around the world via Cape Horn. He sailed his mothers S&S34 Seaflight, starting from Fremantle, Western Australia.

Jesse Martin when 17 years old, also in an S&S 34, Lionheart, successfully followed David Dicks example, setting a new record for the youngest to sail non stop, alone and unassisted around the world via Cape Horn starting from Port Melbourne.

Jessica Watson when only 16 years old set a further record (unofficial as the category of “youngest” had been abolished as an official record), sailing non stop, alone and unassisted around the world via Cape Horn starting from Sydney, arriving back 3 days before her 17th birthday.

Jamie Dunross, quadriplegic, sailed solo around Australia in 2010, starting from Fremantle, Western Australia, being the first disabled sailor to do so and setting the record for the longest distance sailed solo by a quadriplegic.

Seven West Australian members have sailed their S&S 34 yachts around the world starting from Port Fremantle, more are on their way.

Recent Comments

13 thoughts on “Welcome to the S&S34 Association

  1. Unfortunately, not all the boats launched are still sailing. Morning Tide has been lost at sea, possibly the first S&S34 anywhere to be lost at sea. The original S&S34 Morning Cloud, owned by Edward Heath, was lost from a mooring according to his book.

  2. I believe that I own the sisters ip to Morning Cloud! Certainly built in same yard at same time and launched ’69 /70. She is named Morning Glory and has been badly neglected but is slowly coming back to decent shape. We use her every summer and hopefully only have 2 more serious winters work ahead.

    • Thanks Richard,
      If you want, you can send me the details of Morning Glory (just look up the other boats to see the sort of info we post) and I can make you a new page. I have only just upgraded the web site to Word Press software and am still learning, so need some practice!
      Regards, Simon

    • Hi, Just read your message, is the Morning Glory you own sail no K2819, used to belong to a Pembrokeshire Farmer called John Davies, Herbrandston Hall, if so I sailed and raced that yacht from the late 70’s until 1987, been all over in her, and yes she was neglected and battered but what a sea boat, I used to do my best to try and keep her sort of seaworthy(my own funds), she’ll be wanting new keel bolts by now, please take care of her, she’s special(took her crew safely through 79 Fastnet), really love to hear from you about her upkeep oh and when she’s properly trimmed her boom whistles.Kind Regards Bill James.

    • Dear Stephen,
      Thanks for your comment, strictly speaking our website is specifically for S&S design no 1959, commonly known as the S&S 34. However, Association membership is open to those who do not own S&S 34s, although we won’t put anything other than an S&S 34 on our Yacht Directory. We have over the years had some members who own S&S 30s, and we have also assisted these and some owners of S&S 36s with various issues.
      Kind regards,
      Simon Torvaldsen, Webmaster

  3. Hello there.
    I am looking to purchase and join the S&S 34 family here in WA, and wondering if anyone has any historical or otherwise, info on Morning Swan which is currently for sale. I am considering a flight across Australia to take a look.

    Best regards

    • Dear Jacqui,
      We have limited info on Morning Swan, which is hull no 43, built in 1977 for a RS Ryding of Nedlands, later noted to be sold to John Heydon in late 1980. I think it likely that the 2 boats listed on the Yacht Directory are the same one with different owners at different times. All the boats were well built and accident/unusual damage excepted, the main issues are those of age, ie wear and tear. Osmosis can be a potential problem with any boat 30+ years old, although issues with 34s have been relatively minor to date. However, even minor osmosis can be expensive to fix so worth checking. Bear in mind the interiors were often owner fitted and quality varies, in most cases expect a fair bit of work or a major refit. The price is good, so you have some room to manoeuvre. A total refit is possible, and the boats can be brought up to looking “as new” although there comes a point where you have done so much work you could have bought and fitted out a brand new one for not much more (they are available from new). Unless you plan to race, a “mk2 ” with the taller rig and spade rudder offers minimal advantage over the original design. you are welcome to email me direct if you get serious about it and have any further questions. They are fantastic boats to sail and there is a very active Association to support owners.
      Regards, Simon, webmaster

  4. Any info on the S& S 34 ” Hell Fire”. I was a crewman aboard when Keith Turner was the SKIPPER..

  5. Update on Meltemi. She has had a repaint, maintaining the original colours. The non-skid has yet to be done and I’ll post some photos when same plus some minor detailing is completed.
    I would very much appreciate any thoughts on a serious osmosis investigation on her hull.

    • Thanks Vaughan,
      The original colours were great so I am glad she is being brought back to “as new”. I think any good shipwright/marine fibreglass specialist could check the hull and give some ideas. The first thing is to get off the old antifouling and have a really good look at the bare hull. You can then decide if you just need limited treatment (ie tackling blisters individually) or whether you need to strip and replace the gelcoat (a lot more work). Either way you then finish off with a good layer of epoxy and put the antifouling back on. It’s all fixable, it just depends up how much work and therefore money is required. I have never heard of an S&S 34 with serious (ie extending into the fibreglass layup) osmosis, but I have heard of some boats having gelcoat replaced. I guess that’s not too bad after 40+ years afloat though.
      Regards, Simon

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