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The J-class yacht Ranger won the 1937 America's Cup, defeating 4-0 the Endeavour II of Britainmarker, raced at Newport, Rhode Islandmarker. It would be the last time huge J-class yachts would race for the America's Cup.


Harold Stirling Vanderbilt funded construction of the Ranger, and it launched on May 11, 1937. It was designed by Starling Burgess and Olin Stephens, and constructed by Bath Iron Worksmarker. Stephens would credit Burgess with actually designing the Ranger, but the radical departure from conventional J-class design was more likely attributable to Stephens himself. Geerd Hendel, Burgess's chief draftsman also had a hand in drawing many of the plans.

Ranger was constructed according to the Universal Rule which determined how large various dimensions of racing yachts, such as sail area and length, could be. Often referred to as the super J, the Ranger received a rating of 76, the maximum allowed while still fitting within Universal Rule constraints.


  • Overall length: 135 ft
  • Length at water line: 87 ft
  • Beam (width): 21 ft
  • Draft: 15 ft
  • Displacement: 166 tons

Data comparison

This table compares some of Ranger's measurements with some of the other famous large America's Cup yachts:

LOA LWL Sail Area Mast height Displacement
Ranger 41.15 m 26.51 m 701 m² 46.98 m 166 tons
Reliance 43.89 m 27.43 m 1501 m² 67.05 m 189 tons
KZ1 36.57 m 27.43 m 627 m² 46.78 m 39 tons

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