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.
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 Yacht Rolex Cup, Porto Cervo
2014 – competed at Les Voiles de St Tropez winning the J Class Overall.
2015 – competed in J Class Falmouth Regatta
2015 – competed in RYS International Bicentenary Regatta
2015 – competed in Les Voiles de St Tropez winning IRC Class
2016 – competed in St Barths Bucket, winning the Kings Hundred Guinea Cup
2016 – competed in Candy Store Cup
2017 – competed in St Barths Bucket
2017 – competed in the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta
2017 – competed in the America’s Cup J Class Regatta
2017 – competed in the J Class World Championship, Newport RI
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.