Danish Yachts, Skagen
Original owner-skipper Harold Vanderbilt (1884-1970) successfully defended the America’s Cup three times with Enterprise (1930), Rainbow (1934), and the mighty Ranger (1937). 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 J’s, were scrapped. The Ranger that sails today is a replica built to the original line drawings in steel and launched 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 to optimize her performance in 2005/2006.
For the 2017 season, Ranger will sail under a North Sails 3Di RAW mainsail and G1; 3Di ENDURANCE light-medium, medium-heavy, #2 genoa, blade jib; NPC DOWNWIND A1-4, S4; NPL SPORT Staysail and Reaching Staysail.