RANGER

The launch of Ranger from the Bath Iron Works boathouse.  This was Harold Vanderbilt's third J-class yacht, and it was built soley for the America's Cup races.  From the Edwin Levick Collection.J-class racing yacht that successfully defended the 1937 America's Cup

Ranger was built as the answer to T.O.M. Sopwith's second challenge for the America's Cup with his Endeavour II. But, unlike Enterprise and Rainbow, the new defender was not a syndicate yacht. All attempts by the New York Yacht Club to form a syndicate in 1937 had failed.

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Half hulls of Endeavour II and Ranger Ranger, the "Super J"

Known as the "Super J", Ranger was designed to the maximum waterline length allowed by the Universal Rule, 87', by a collaboration between Sparkman &Stephens and Starling Burgess in 1937.
Extensive tank testing of numerous hull models, allowed the final decision ...

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