J5: Ranger

41.6 m

6.4 m

4.9 m

Danish Yachts, Skagen


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.

Yacht Rebuild

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.

Racing History

2017 J Class World Championship, Newport RI  
2017 America’s Cup J Class Regatta  
2017 America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta  
2017 St Barths Bucket Regatta  
2016 Candy Store Cup  
2016 St Barths Bucket Regatta Won the Kings Hundred Guinea Cup  
2015 Les Voiles de St Tropez IRC Class Winner  
2015 RYS International Bicentenary Regatta  
2015 J Class Falmouth Regatta  
2014 Les Voiles de St Tropez Class Winner  
2014 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Porto Cervo  
2014 Superyacht Cup, Palma  
2014 Menorca Maxi Regatta, Mahon  
2013 Maxi Rolex Cup, Porto Cervo  
2013 Superyacht Cup, Palma  
2013 St Barths Bucket Regatta  
2012 J Class Solent Regatta  
2012 100 Guinea Cup Round the Island Race  
2012 J Class Falmouth Regatta Class Winner  
2012 St Barths Bucket Regatta 2nd in Class  
2011 Newport J Class Regatta Class Winner  
2010 Superyacht Cup Antigua  
2009 Newport Bucket Regatta  
2008 2008 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Sardinia Class Winner  
2007 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Sardinia  
2007 Superyacht Cup Palma  

J5: Ranger Videos

Ranger J 5 J-Class yacht in the Solent

On Board Ranger