The "super J" that totally dominated the trials and
America's cup races of 1937
After the 1934's loss against Rainbow, Thomas Sopwith
returned in 1937 with Endeavour II which is leaner and
meaner than her predecessor. Nonetheless, she proved no
match for the boat that was one of the America’s Cups
all time greats. Ranger clearly won all 4 races.
was the first America's Cup yacht developed through
model testing in a towing tank. Tank tests results
helped Ranger to depart sharply from conventional J boat
revolutionary in design. No
boat had previously approached the maximum size
practical for a rating of 76 under the modified
Universal Rule as
did. Ranger was
described as the "super J".
totally dominated the trials and Cup Races of 1937.
Of 37 starts she won 35.
longer and more powerful. She sailed better and was more
refined in every aspect. Her afterguard under the season and canny Vanderbilt benefited hugely from the
presence of Olin Stephens and his brother Rod, probably
the finest racing seaman who ever crewed on a yacht.
Sail trimmer was Arthur Knapp, who later won thousands
of races in all sorts of boats, and the navigator was Zenas Bliss of Brown University. Mrs. Vanderbilt,
an able sailor herself, was always a participant.
Ranger's race in 1937 marked the end of an era — it was the last
America's Cup contest for 21 years and marked the end of
Big Class racing. As war loomed J-Class racing and
building drew to a close. By 1946 all the American
Js had been scrapped.
Endeavour and Shamrock V survived. They have been
restored. The impressive sight of these sexy
and majestic yachts racing against each other was
relived last year at the America’s Cup silver jubilee.
The last 20 years have seen a huge resurgence of
interest in the J-Class. There are plans afoot to build replica of Ranger.
This Ranger J-yacht model features:
-Superior hollow hull
construction (very important)
-All wooden and metal parts
-18" (46 cm ) long x 26"
S & H is $90