Sailboats. Ranger

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Cutters 1893-1937


Class : J class
Designer(s) : Starling Burgess, Olin Stephens
Builder : Bath Iron Works
Launched : 11 May 1937
Owner(s) : Harold Stirling Vanderbilt
Fate : Scrapped c.1940
Racing career
Notable victories : 1937 America's Cup
America's Cup : 1937
Displacement : 166 tons
Length : 135 ft 2 in (41.20 m) (LOA)
87 ft (27 m) (LWL)
Beam : 20 ft 10 in (6.35 m)
Draft : 15 ft (4.6 m)

Яхта “Ranger” с технической точки зрения намного опережала “Rainbow”, в первую очередь за счет прогрессивного подхода к проектировке формы корпуса. Возможно, причиной этого послужил приток новых идей — над новым парусником, кроме Берджесса, работал Олин Стефенс. В Кубке Америки 1937 интриги не было — “Ranger” со счетом 4:0 выиграл “Endeavour II”, занеся эпоху J в актив американцам.

Original owner-skipper Harold Vanderbilt (1884-1970), was born to extreme wealth and used it wisely, investing in J Class yachts for the defence of the America’s Cup. A Harvard Law graduate, he successfully defended the America’s Cup three times with Enterprise (1930), Rainbow (1934), and the mighty Ranger (1937). A good sailor and tactician, Vanderbilt, helmed for all three defences, with tactician Sherman Hoyt. One of his greatest successes was against Endeavour in 1934, where he came back from a 2:0 start to win the next three races, defeating one of the strongest challenges to the Cup up to that point. Since her defence of the America’s Cup against Endeavour ll, Ranger has been referred to as the ‘Super J’.

By the end of 1941, Enterprise and Ranger, which had been laid up with all the other US Js, were scrapped.

The Ranger that sails today is a replica built to the original lines drawings in steel and launched at the Danish Yacht shipyard in Skagen, Denmark in 2003 recreating the look and feel of the existing J Class yachts Shamrock, Endeavour and Velsheda. The project was in development from September 1999 and its team of designers, naval architects and industry specialists designed and built Ranger to Lloyds Classification, the MCA Code of Practice, for the safety of large commercial yachts, and the J Class Association Rules. Ranger had an extensive refit led by Dykstra Naval Architects to optimise her performance in 2005/2006.

2007 – competed at Superyacht Cup Palma
2007 – competed at Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Sardinia
2008 – competed at Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Sardinia
2008 – Won the 2008 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Sardinia, against Velsheda and a strong fleet of modern yachts
2009 – competed at Newport Bucket Regatta against Hanuman
2010 – competed at Superyacht Cup Antigua
2011 – won Newport J Class Regatta
2012 – competed in St Barths Bucket, coming second in Class
2012 – won J Class Falmouth Regatta
2012 – competed at J Class Solent Regatta, and the 100 Guinea Cup Round the Island Race
2013 – competed at St Barths Bucket
2013 – competed at Superyacht Cup, Palma
2013 – competed at Maxi Rolex Cup, Porto Cervo
2014 – competed at Menorca Maxi Regatta, Mahon
2014 – competed at Superyacht Cup, Palma
2014 – competed at Maxi Rolex Cup, Porto Cervo
2014 – competed at Les Voiles de St Tropez winning the J Class Overall.


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