Monday, July 27, 2009

Hanuman J-boat

Submitted by William Tuthill:

BOAT: Hanuman
OWNER: Anonymous
DESIGNERS: Charles Nicholson/ Dykstra & Partners
BUILDER: Royal Huissman Shipyard. Apeldoorn, Netherlands
LENGTH: 138 feet [42.09 meters]
YEAR: 2009
HULL: Alustar Aluminum Alloy

Back in 1937, Endeavour II was built in steel at the Nicholson’s Yard [Gosport, England] to challenge the defending yacht Ranger, in the America’s Cup match that year. Time and events [such as WWII] took their toll on these incredible yachts and before long both boats were gone - alive as legends, but with no physical presence. Known as “super Js", these boats were arguably the two most spectacular yachts in the history of racing. Their legend was so powerful, that it prompted two owners to recreate the boats.

History was made on Friday, 17 July, when the replicas of both Ranger and Endeavour II [Hanuman] lined up together for the first time since their historic match in 1937. This time, however, things turned out differently. Hanuman [aka Endeavour II] beat what was the American defender Ranger. Had this happened in 1937, Newport would be a very different place now.

Thanks to the owners of these magnificent yachts, and the organizers of The Newport Bucket Regatta - Newport Shipyard - these remarkable boats can be seen just by going down to Washington Street and walking into the yard. Go to Belle’s Café, have a meal, and view history.

Hanuman - Images by Cory Silken

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At 6:06 PM, Anonymous Tim Patterson said...

What a treat to look at Cory's great shots of these lovely boats. Thank you for having them posted. Thanks to the owners for building these gorgeous ladies of the sea.

At 8:24 PM, Blogger Leighton O'Connor said...

Beautiful images Corey!!

At 3:50 AM, Blogger Koppo said...

Royal Huisman Shipyard

At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Trev said...

You too can buy one of these
Call Koppo at +1 207-646-9504

At 11:48 AM, Blogger Leighton O'Connor said... you mean "buy" one of these yachts? :)

At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Scott Cavanough said...

Regarding the lead story in Scuttlebutt 2895, I would like to point out the unfair miss match that was not talked about. Ranger agreed to use their cruising sails rather than their race sails for that Friday sail as well as the Newport Bucket Regatta as agreed with Hanuman because they had not tested their race sails. Ranger’s cruising sails are between 2-5 years old whereas Hanuman was using brand new 3DL cruising sails.

Hanuman was quicker upwind, but downwind back to Newport Ranger out jibed Hanuman who went past Castle Hill a few minutes behind Ranger. Sailing aside it was amazing to see the two yachts sailing side by side again, only thing that will beat that is to see four or five J's sailing against each other in the future.

At 10:24 AM, Anonymous Dick said...

Anyone know who the owner is?

At 7:44 AM, Blogger Leighton O'Connor said...

His name is Jim Clark. He was the co=founder of Netscape.



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