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Lionheart

Lionheart
Copyright: monacoeye • Sept 2010 Monaco Yacht Show • Do not copy without permission.

Yacht name: Lionheart
Length: 142 ft • 44 m (+17m overhangs)
Year: 2010
Builder: Claasen Jachtbouw • #
Design: Hoek Design
Original plans drawn up by Olin Stephens and Starling Burgess?

Lionheart was launched in June 2010. This new aluminium-hulled J Class was adapted from “Ranger” plans - one of ten unbuilt J-class plans from 1937. She is one of the few J-class available to charter. Sail number J-H1.
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Hanuman

Yacht name: Hanuman
LOA: 138 ft • 42 m
Year: 2009
Builder: Royal Huisman • # 385
Design: Dykstra and Partners
Interior: Pieter Beeldsnijder

The replica of J Class Endeavour II, originally built for T Sopwith to challenge Ranger in the America's Cup.

Original: Endeavour II
Year: 1937
Builder: Camper & Nicholson, Gosport
Design: Charles Nicholson
Sail number: J • K6
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Ranger

Ranger
Ranger J Class yacht

Yacht name: Ranger • J5
Length: 136 ft • 42 m
Year: 2003
Builder: Danish Yacht
Architect: Fred Elliot
Design: Glade Johnson
Original design: Sparkman & Stephens

Photo: Robert Paylor • 25 - 30 March 2008 • St Barths Bucket
Photo: monacoeye • Monaco Classic Week 2005

This replica J-class yacht was built on the lines of the original 1937 Ranger. Interestingly there were seven original plans drawn for Ranger, three by Starling Burgess and three by Olin Stephens, with an additional set by Tore Holm recently discovered. This leaves the door open for future alternative Ranger replicas to be built…

There were originally ten J-class yachts built in the 1930s - 4 in the UK and 6 in the US - all of which, with the exception of Velsheda, competed in the America's Cup. Shamrock V, Velsheda, Endeavour and Endeavour II in the UK. Enterprise, Whirlwind, Weetamoe, Yankee, Rainbow and Ranger in the US. Only Shamrock V, Velsheda and Endeavour survived.

Cambria, Astra and Candida joined the J-class later, from the 23 m rule. They were recently joined by the replica Ranger, as the J-class has started to enjoy something of a renaissance. Endeavour II is being built by Dykstra and Royal Huisman and a replica Rainbow is in the works.

Ranger sails with Trinity motoryacht Vita.
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Cambria

Cambria

Yacht name: Cambria • K4
LOD: 113 ft 9
Year: 1928
Builder: William Fife • Fairlie

Built in 1928, by William and RB Fife, in Fairlie on the Clyde, as the first of a new generation of 23m class, "Big Class" cutters. Cambria only joined the J class in 2003, unlike Astra and Candida, two other 23m yachts from the same era which joined in 1933.
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Santa Maria

Bystander

Yacht name: Bystander -> Santa Maria
Formerly: Santa Maria
Length: 108 ft • 33 m
Year: 1963
Builder: Feadship • #639

Photo: monacoeye • October 2006 • Les Voiles de Saint Tropez

Bystander has been the support ship for the J-class Velsheda for many years - which is why she has the J-K7 painted on her funnel. During summer 2006 a new 42m Vripack-designed, JFA-built classic Bystander was launched, to support Velsheda - but I didn't see her at St Tropez.
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Velsheda

Velsheda

Yacht name: Velsheda • J K7
Length: 128 ft • 39 m
Year: 1933
Builder: Camper & Nicholson
Refit: Gerard Dijkstra

Photos: Monaco Classic Week October 2005 & Voiles de Saint Tropez October 2006

Named after first owner WL (Woolworth) Stephenson's three daughters Velma, Sheila and Daphne, Velsheda was the second of four legendary UK J-class yachts. She was restored in 1984 and then more recently completely reworked from the bare hull by Dijkstra and Mumford, with carbon-fibre mast and refaired hull, in Southampton, in 1998.
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Shamrock V

Shamrock V yacht

Yacht name: Shamrock V • J K3
Formerly Shamrock V -> Quadrifoglio
Length: 120 ft • 36 m
Year: 1930 • Refit: 1980 • 2001
Builder: Camper & Nicholson
Refit: Gerard Dijkstra

Three days away from the 7th Monaco Classic Week 2005, three famous, and rare, J class racing yachts have already arrived.

Here is Shamrock V, the oldest of the J class sloops, built in 1930 for Sir Thomas Lipton's last America's Cup. Designed by Nicholson and built by Camper and Nicholson, she is also the only remaining J class to have been built in wood.

Shamrock V was owned by two famous aviators Sir Sopwith and Sir Richard Fairey, then passed into Italian hands. Mario Crespi installed the bird's eye maple interior and in 1962 Piero Scanu had her fully rebuilt at Camper and Nicholson's.

Since then she was well kept, in Newport, Rhode Island, and refitted in 1989 by Elizabeth Meyer. Now back in the UK she has just completed another refit at the Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth.
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J Class List

UK
Shamrock V
Velsheda
Endeavour
Endeavour II

US
Enterprise
Whirlwind
Weetamoe
Yankee
Rainbow
Ranger

23 m rule
Cambria
Astra
Candida

Replica
Ranger
Endeavour II
Rainbow
Lionheart

A provisional list of J Class yachts.
Please add corrections, additions, news, links etc in comments below.
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