"Chubby" is one of those few fortunate boats that has had only three owners and her 78 years and has been blessed in that The owners have lavished the best care upon her throughout this time.
In 1939 William Lyman Stewart a Union Oil executive commissioned New York design firm of Sparkman and Stephens Inc. to design the most up-to-date ocean racer they could produce. They responded with this elegant 67 foot yawl. Mr. Stewart had her built at Wilmington Boast Works in San Pedro.
Chubbys next owners were Arnold D Haskell and Don Haskell. She campaigned over two decades in local races and two more Transpacs:
1959 2nd to finish, first in class B, and 2nd overall
1961 2nd class A, 4th overall.
This was a tremendous showing as "Chubby" was racing in her 31st year against the cream of ocean going east coast sailing yachts, that were the latest designs of the time. Back in California in 1971 Chubby won the Ahmanson series, then was off to Europe in 1972 for a couple years of racing and cruising. While Europe in she was 2nd overall and 1st in class in the Mediterranean Championships.
A significant feature of her design was a bronze trimming board which gives her an additional 4 feet of draft when lowered, an advantage which made her nearly invincible when sailing to windward in a breeze.
Stewart owned and raced Chubasco until 1958 and sailed in three Transpac races:
1939 second in A class and 5th in fleet
1947 first to finish, first class A, 3rd overall
1953 third to finish, first in class A, 2nd overall
Several Big Boat Appearances in San Francisco, during this time.
Next followed races to Acapulco and Mazatlan in
1964 and 1966. Then Don Haskell sent Chubby east to race in the southern ocean racing circuit, a series of winter racing to and from various points in Florida and the Caribbean.
1967 SORC. 3rd overall and first to finish in three out of six races.
1969 SORC 6th overall
1970 SORC 10th overall
Chubby raced and cruised less often in the following two decades. Once Long Point race week began in the 1990s, Chubby and old crewmates came together again to race in the annual event, often taking home throphies. Chubby has also been a regular at Newport Harbor yacht club opening day race and still quite competitive in the right conditions. Chubby today is almost exactly as she was in 1939, powerful yet graceful in appearance at the same time the best of all, impeccably maintained. New Owners,
Their designs have won most of the major international yacht races such as the America's Cup, for several decades, including a string of victories in the Fastnet and Sydney to Hobart as well as winning twice the Whitbread Round the World Race by Sayula II in 1974 and Flyer in 1978. S&S has a number of custom yacht design projects as well as being designers for boat builders such as Nautor's Swan, Grand Banks Yachts, and Morris Yachts. With more than 100 units built, the S&S design #1710 also known as Swan 36 became the most utilized design in the history of Sparkman & Stephens.
How They Began: Sparkman & Stephens Inc was formally created on November 11, 1929, with five partners: Drake Sparkman and his younger brother James Sparkman, James Murray, and brothers Olin J. Stephens and Roderick Stephens.The Stephens brothers began their careers as self-taught sailors on Barnstable Bay, Massachusetts. Both entered the marine industry at an early age – Olin apprenticing in yacht design under Philip Rhodes, and Roderick learning shipbuilding at the prominent Nevins Yard in City Island, New York, which would later produce several of his firm's designs. With their father's backing, the 21-year-old Olin and his brother entered into a partnership with the already successful yacht broker Drake Sparkman, and Sparkman & Stephens, Inc. was formed.Months after opening for business, the financial crisis of the Great Depression swept the global market. In spite of this, the Stephens' father ordered a design for a racing yacht from the young firm – a yacht named Dorade. As her first major test, Dorade won the much-publicized 1931 Trans-Atlantic Race. That victory launched the design reputation of Sparkman & Stephens – and set a course for the firm that would last more than half a century.Together Olin and Roderick Stephens formed a team that had a major worldwide influence in yacht design, creating racing and cruising designs that helped to popularize the sport. Since the establishment of Sparkman & Stephens, the firm has completed over 2750 designs and related assignments in the pleasure, commercial and military sectors. The company is organized into two departments, one focused on design, naval architecture and marine engineering and the other handling the brokerage, chartering, and insurance of yachts. www.Dorade.org
Dorade - LOA 52'-0"; On July 21, 1931, a sailing yacht named Dorade crossed the finish line a full 2 days ahead of the fleet of larger yachts competing in the Transatlantic Yacht Race of that year. This was obviously a major boost for a young company with a fledgling young designer named Olin Stephens, age 23 at the time. The boat was built by the Minneford Yacht Yard of City Island, New York. She was commissioned by Olin's father, Roderick Stephens, Sr. Construction oversight was by Olin's younger brother Rod. Dorade was born to race in the open ocean. The yacht is campigned regularly and performs globally as a highly competitive ocean racer.
Baruna - LOA 72'-0"; This sloop was built by the Quincy Adams Yacht Yard of Massachusetts and launched in 1938. She was destined for California waters. Before going she trounced the fleet in the Bermuda Race of '38 finishing more than 8 hours ahead of the rest of the fleet. Olin J. Stephens acted as navigator.
Orient- LOA 63'-5" Tim Mosely of San Fransisco who would sail her to victory in major West Coast races, starting in 1955. Mosley was the father of the Barient Winch Company and he used Orient for a test bed.
Bolero - LOA 73'-6" ' BOLERO is known on both sides of the Atlantic as a superb ocean racer. She was designed by Sparkman and Stephens, built at the Nevins yard in 1949 and served as the New York Yacht Club’s Flagship vessel in the 1950’s. She has cruised and raced all over the world, and is known to be fast, sea kindly and handsome.
Black Watch ex Edlu - LOA 68'-0" Actually the second Edlu to be built for Rudy Schaefer. (Schaefer Beer Owner) Edlu II was built by Henry B. Nevins of City Island, New York. She is double planked of cedar and mahogany with white oak frames. her original deck was of Port Orford cedar. She was launched in 1938
Sparkman Stephens famous race boats made them a favorite for Americas Cup Designs. Intrepid and Courageous were the better known boats, Columbia and Valiant were valid competitors and quick around the race course too. Ted Turner skippered Couragous to the 1977 Amercas Cup victory with Gary Jobson as tactician.
Sparkman Stephens Design 99, this was John F Kennedy's yacht for many years. The President was a sailor at heart and sent naval aide, John Tazwell, in search of a suitable sailboat for Presidential use. With her good looks and pedigree, MANITOU was quickly selected. She was brought to Chesapeake Bay and fitted with all the proper radios and communication equipment so the President would never be out of touch with his office while on board. Jack Kennedy used her often there and in New England.