The summer of superyachts sails to an end; while some boats are going home, others seem to never stop competing. Those who remain in the competition will be reunited in the legendary waters of Newport, for the 2nd edition of the Candy Store Cup. VHR’s Yacht Blog reports on one of the summer’s last regattas.
The Candy Store Cup launched in 2016 as the child of both the Nantucket and Newport Bucket regattas. The Newport Shipyard decided to continue the adventure of the famous Rhode Island Bucket regatta, while the previous owner of Nantucket chose to focus their efforts and steal inspiration from the prestigious St Barths Bucket.
The present day Candy Store Cup see’s numerous, famous names supporting the event. For example, as well as the attendance of familiar J-Class fleets, shipyard’s such as Perini Navi, Royal Huisman, Rybovich and Vitters remain avid sponsors.
Even though the number of entries have reduced over time, the cup remains both a success and exciting race; many vessels will be attending this year’s regatta, such as the famous J-Class yacht, Ranger.
Today’s J-Class Ranger is a replica of Harold Vanderbilt's 1930’s model. Harold Vanderbilt’s vessel was inspired by Endeavour II and her competitive success stories; the aim was to build a boat capable of defeating her. Thus, Ranger was launched in 1936 just in time to compete at the America’s Cup in 1937. At that time, yachts used to compete for the Auld Mug in Newport, Rhode Island and just as Harold had anticipated, his Ranger won.
Soon after the J-Class Association was created (with the aim of giving a second life to the legendary J-Class fleet) the idea of creating a new Ranger surfaced.
Despite the evolution of security norms, today's Ranger still preserves the reputation and grace of it's elder; she is now known as a tremendous competitor both in and out of the J-Class fleet. She will be competing in the Class A at the Candy Store Cup 2017, after finishing 3rd overall at the America’s Cup J-Class Regatta last month.
We are looking forward to both the race and result of this legendary boat!
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