The majestic J-Class sailing yacht RANGER had an extensive refit at Vitters Shipyard in the Netherlands. Now she is back in the water and almost ready for regattas.

History of the J-Class Ranger

The original RANGER, aka J5, was built in 1937 for Mr. Harold Stirling Vanderbilt to defend the legendary America’s Cup. With a length of 41,15m (LOA), she was the biggest J-Class yacht. In 1941 she was scrapped for munition production in World War II. The yacht was designed by Olin Stephens of Sparkman & Stephens and Stirling Burgess.

The replica of RANGER

The rebirth of RANGER was in late 2003 at Danish Yachts in Skagen and is very successful at international sailing regattas. In 2005/2006, she got an extensive refit with optimizations by Dykstra Naval Architects.

Refit 2019 at Vitters

The extensive refit in 2019 at the Vitters Shipyard in Zwartsluis contains new hydraulic systems, new navigation and communication electronics, painting, new teak deck, engine overhaul, rigging, improving performance, cockpit and helm station.

Photos by Guy Fleury