S&S has a staff of seven, a congenial mix of naval architects, engineers, and designers-most of them quite young. Sitting at the top of this modest heap is Johnson-the guardian of a supreme heritage, begun by Olin J. Stephens II and his brother, Roderick, Jr., in 1929. The duo joined with Drake Sparkman, a successful yacht broker, to form what now may be the oldest continuously operating design and brokerage firm in the world. It's certainly the oldest in North America. You'll find the best windows on the glorious history of S&S in Olin Stephens' books, All This and Sailing Too and Lines: A Half-Century of Yacht Designs by Sparkman & Stephens, 1930-1980, and in the number of those designs that still sail today, restored and loved by a new generation of yachtsmen. This story, though, is about S&S today.