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J-Class Sailing Superyacht Ranger Completes Extensive Refit at Vitters
2019-12-17By Miranda Blazeby

Dutch yard Vitters has relaunched the 41.55-metre J-Class sailing yacht Ranger following an extensive refit.

The sailing superyacht, which is also known as J-5, has been restored to “top class condition”, the yard said, and is set to demonstrate improved performance on the racing circuit.

The yacht is now in "top class condition" Images courtesy of Guy Fleury

Refit works included the overhaul of Ranger’s engine room, a full service of the rigging and the installation of a new hydraulic system, teak deck, cockpit and helm station. The sailing yacht’s hull has also been completely repainted.

Owners’ representative Greg Sloat revealed refit has left Ranger “in the best shape ever to prepare her for the America’s Cup” in 2021.

The yacht will participate in the Mastercard J-Class Regatta during the 2021 America’s Cup

“The Vitters team proved to be exceptionally flexible with many skilled and creative employees,” he said.

Project manager Gerrit Jongman added that the team felt “honoured to be working on the J Class Ranger.”

He added: “This yacht has such a long history and she truly is a piece of art. For people like us, with a passion for sailing, the J Class yachts will always be something special.”

Ranger is now being transported to Zaandam for the official relaunch before undertaking sea trials

Ranger is now being transported to Zaandam for its official relaunch before undertaking sea trials.

The yacht will then set sail for the Caribbean to begin race practice before making her debut at St Barths Bucket in spring 2020. She will then embark for New Zealand to participate in the Mastercard J-Class Regatta during the 2021 America’s Cup.

It comes as Vitters announced it has begun construction on a new build 50-metre classic ketch, which is set to be launched in January 2020. The construction of a second 56-metre project will begin in March next year.

Images courtesy of Guy Fleury

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