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J Class Yachts

Mary Fletcher | Velsheda J Class Yacht

Velsheda J Class Yacht

The J-class yacht Velsheda was designed by Charles Ernest Nicholson and built in 1933 by Camper and Nicholsons at Gosport, Hampshire. She was built for businessman William Lawrence Stephenson and between 1933 and 1936, she won many races and competed with other great yachts such as Britannia, Endeavour and Shamrock V. She was laid up in 1937 and was relaunched after a complete rebuild in 1997.
Mary Fletcher | Ranger J Yacht

Ranger J Yacht

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

Velsheda and Ranger

Velsheda and Ranger racing towards the mark in Falmouth Bay. The J-class yacht Velsheda was designed by Charles Ernest Nicholson and built in 1933 by Camper and Nicholsons at Gosport, Hampshire. She was built for businessman William Lawrence Stephenson and between 1933 and 1936, she won many races and competed with other great yachts such as Britannia, Endeavour and Shamrock V. She was laid up in 1937 and was relaunched after a complete rebuild in 1997. Designed by Charles Ernest Nicholson
Mary Fletcher | Ranger J Class Yacht

Ranger J Class Yacht

Ranger is the first J Class yacht to be built since their heyday in the 1930s, and truly she is a thing of beauty. Here she is racing in Falmouth Bay, Cornwall
Mary Fletcher | J Class Yacht Lionheart

J Class Yacht Lionheart

This beautiful superyacht is a replica of a ship that was never built. These beautiful and elegant superyachts often grace the seas off Falmouth, Cornwall. This is a hig key black and white image of this magnificent yacht (also available in colour)
Mary Fletcher | Superyacht Lionheart

Superyacht Lionheart

This beautiful superyacht is a replica of a ship that was never built. These beautiful and elegant superyachts often grace the seas off Falmouth, Cornwall.
Mary Fletcher | Velsheda

Velsheda

The J-class yacht Velsheda was designed by Charles Ernest Nicholson and built in 1933 by Camper and Nicholsons at Gosport, Hampshire. She was built for businessman William Lawrence Stephenson, MD at Woolworths, and between 1933 and 1936, she won many races and competed with other great yachts such as Britannia, Endeavour and Shamrock V. Velsheda was laid up in 1937 and was relaunched after a complete rebuild in 1997.
Mary Fletcher | Lionheart and Valsheda

Lionheart and Valsheda

Two of the Worlds most beautiful sailing yachts, Lionheart and Valsheda, J Class yachts, do battle in Falmouth Bay, Cornwall.
Mary Fletcher | Velsheda J Class Yacht

Velsheda J Class Yacht

Velsheda was rescued from her Hamble mud berth in 1984 by Terry Brabant, who economically refitted her for charter work with a new steel mast and limited interior. Still without an engine she sailed regularly along the UK South Coast on Charter Work and occasionally ventured to the Mediterranean and Caribbean. She had a chequered career: whilst on charter during the early 1990s Velsheda visited the UK East Coast where she found herself on the beach on a falling tide. Fortunately she was saved.
Mary Fletcher | Ranger J Class Yacht

Ranger J Class Yacht

Ranger was a J-class racing yacht that successfully defended the 1937 Americas Cup, defeating the British challenger Endeavour II 4-0 at Newport, Rhode Island. It was the last time J-class yachts would race for the Americas Cup. Harold Stirling Vanderbilt funded construction of Ranger, and she was launched on 11 May 1937. She was designed by Starling Burgess and Olin Stephens, and constructed by Bath Iron Works.
Mary Fletcher | Ranger J Class Yacht

Ranger J Class Yacht

Ranger was a J-class racing yacht that successfully defended the 1937 America's Cup, defeating the British challenger Endeavour II 4-0 at Newport, Rhode Island. It was the last time J-class yachts would race for the America's Cup. Here she is pictured racing in Falmouth Bay
Mary Fletcher | Ranger J Closs Yacht

Ranger J Closs Yacht

Ranger was a J-class racing yacht that successfully defended the 1937 America's Cup, defeating the British challenger Endeavour II 4-0 at Newport, Rhode Island. It was the last time J-class yachts would race for the America's Cup. Here she is pictured racing in Falmouth Bay.
Mary Fletcher | Lionheart

Lionheart

Lionheart, completed by Claasen in 2010, was the first J-class yacht with an aluminium hull. She is a replica of a yacht that was never built. She is the largest J in the fleet
Mary Fletcher | Lionheart and Velsheda

Lionheart and Velsheda

Lionheart racing Velsheda in Falmouth Bay.
Mary Fletcher | Lionheart JH1

Lionheart JH1

Lionheart, completed by Claasen in 2010, was the first J-class yacht with an aluminium hull. She is a replica of a yacht that was never built. She is the largest J in the fleet. Here she is racing in Falmouth Bay
Mary Fletcher | Rainbow on the starboard Tack

Rainbow on the starboard Tack

Rainbow, a J Class yacht powering down to the windward mark, racing in Falmouth Bay. The crewman on the foredeck is spotting for the helm.
Mary Fletcher | Rainbow and Lionheart

Rainbow and Lionheart

Lionheart chasing down Rainbow, J Class Yachts racing in Falmouth Bay, with several small boats watching this majestic sight.
Mary Fletcher | Ranger J Class Yacht

Ranger J Class Yacht

Ranger as she powers to the finish line during the J Class yacht racing in Falmouth Bay.