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07 December 2015
J-S1, Svea, Vitters Shipyard's first J-Class Sloop under construction

JS1 Svea
Vitters Shipyard is pleased to announce the continuation of the construction of the renowned J-Class project, Svea. This magnificent 43. 60 metre sailing yacht, with naval architecture and exterior styling by Hoek Design Naval Architects, is the first J-Class from Vitters Shipyard. The hull is the longest of the current Js, with an overall length of 43. 60 metres, she is constructed in aluminium with an integrated traditional long keel. Svea’s hull construction is based on longitudinals on web frames, with high tensile frames and Alustar hull plating. Research by the Hoek Design office suggests that the design of J-S1 More...

03 October 2015
Happy Déjà Vu as Ranger win Saint Tropez

Ranger ©
The J Class Ranger crew maintained their excellent record at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez when they clinched overall victory in the 27 boat premier IRC Class A today by achieving a podium position in the third and final race of the prestigious Mediterranean regatta. In mainly light conditions which were less than favourable for the heavier, powerful steel hulled Ranger, they won the very competitive J Class last year. In moderate 12-16kts NE’ly breezes, under cloudy Autumn skies and with rain never far away, the Ranger afterguard under skipper-helm Erle Williams, tactician Murray Jones and navigator Mike Quilter, put More...

02 October 2015
Ranger Sparkles in the Riviera Rain

Ranger ©
After a slightly disappointing opening to their Les Voiles de Saint Tropez regatta on Monday when they started poorly, the J Class Ranger crew came back today to make a big impression on the IRC A fleet today after making probably the best start in the 27 boat fleet. Neither the torrential rain nor the regatta’s enforced three days lay off seemed to dilute the Ranger attack. From their pin end start and excellent, short first beat they were able to settle into an engaging boat for boat battle within the most competitive and closely matched posse of five or More...

29 September 2015
No Racing in St Tropez

There are worse places in the world to spend the morning waiting to see if racing is going to happen or not than the waterfront cafes of Saint Tropez. Today the waiting proved to be in vain as the AP over A signal was given a little after 1130hrs this morning and the race fleet for Les Voiles de Saint Tropez had racing for the day cancelled due to strong winds and big seas on the race area. This afternoon’s gusts are forecast to peak at nearly 30kts. The smiles remain broad aboard the Shamrock this morning after they were More...

29 September 2015
La Creme de la Creme in St Tropez

The J Class duo Shamrock and Ranger were the centre of attention on the Bay of Saint Tropez today racing under IRC as the annual Les Voiles de Saint Tropez started in a fitful, unsettled 7-16kts of SE’ly breeze and awkward seas. “What could be better than racing Shamrock in Saint Tropez? There is nothing better” grinned Shamrock’s Mike Toppa on the dock amidst the throngs of visitors. The two Js are racing in the 27 boat IRC Class A, a fleet which has Rambler 88 as the scratch boat but which offers both yachts a range of close competition More...