Ranger has sailed from St, Barths in the Caribbean to Puerto Cervo, Italy, Newport Rhode Island and to St. Tropez and Antigua.
The priorities for the design of RANGER were originally that she would be a family yacht, corporate tool, a charter yacht and a racing yacht – in this order.
When RANGER was built, there were only three existing J-Boats, which included the rebuilt ENDEAVOUR, SHAMROCK and VELSHEDA. To one degree or another, all of these yachts were original, if only a very small part of them. RANGER was long gone so she was started with her hull lines and, under the rules of the J-Class, she was designed as the existing RANGER. The J-Class, dictated that RANGER be built out of steel and Lloyd’s was concerned about the loads created by such a powerful rig. In light of the fact that RANGER’s priority is now racing with corporate guests aboard, often, many of the Lloyd’s and MCA designs and specifications led to a heavier and more cumbersome RANGER than a “race” version would have been. This has led to several refits where weight was more centralized or eliminated, with the savings in weight being put in the keel in the form of additional ballast.
In addition, with a better understanding of RANGER and a greater comfort level with the boat, Southern Spars built a new boom with approximately 50% of the weight of the original one. With the new composite rigging, RANGER now has a full set of much lighter standing rigging with all new spreaders.
The J-Class rules have been continually evolving, and whereas RANGER was built, per their rules at the time, to be sailed manually (i.e., five sets of coffee grinders requiring ten (10) people to man them), the grinders have now been removed and the winches are now run electrically for J-Class racing. The biggest change in the fluid J-Class rules is that subsequent to building RANGER in steel, the J-Class now allows aluminium hulls! The result is considerably lighter boats that can never have the same interior volume with MUCH deeper frames and stringers.
Obviously, RANGER will always be a steel boat built to J-Class rules, at the time of her construction. No currently completed J-Boat, or under construction, has the volume or the astounding quality of design and finish of RANGER’s interior.
The following photos and log of RANGER’s incredible racing career prove that RANGER really is the “Super J”, regardless of the ever changing J-Class rules.
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