LIONHEART Wins the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta
J-Class LIONHEART Finishes First Followed By RANGER Coming in Second
Her lines drawn in 1936, as part of Sparkman & Stephens’ development process for the Super-J RANGER, LIONHEART showed her winning form in Bermuda this week! With a scoreline of 4-1-2 out of the record-setting 6 boat fleet, LIONHEART finished a full 3 points ahead of her next rival, which happened to be RANGER. The America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta was characterized by a whole host of variable conditions ranging from dead calms, to tropical squalls and strong seabreezes. This required boats to perform well all-around and focus on consistency. Over three days of racing the two J’s built from S&S Lines finished 1-2 in the class of 6.
Our congratulations go out to the owner and crew of LIONHEART as they prepare to do battle once more in the America’s Cup J-Class regatta over the next few days. Using the AC Superyacht Regatta as a tune up for the AC J-Class Regatta, these crews will continue to fight tooth-and-nail with their ultimate goal being a victory in the Inaugural J-Class World Championships in Newport Rhode Island this upcoming August.
S&S Design No. 77 was a collaboration between Starling Burgess and Sparkman & Stephens for Mike Vanderbilt in 1936 which produced eight sets of lines all with slightly different characteristics and attributes. Although #77C was chosen to become RANGER, after which she won 32 of 34 races she sailed in, modern technology and the competitive spirit in today’s J-Class racing have seen LIONHEART emerge as another force with which to be reckoned. It is both breathtaking and heartwarming to see the two trading victories around the J-Class circuit.