Ranger to Rainbow - The J Class Yachts


The J Class Yachts

By popular demand Ranger to Rainbow has gone into another print run, and copies are now available!

This new book is a detailed account of the development of the J Class yachts, primarily from 1996 when author, David Pitman, first became involved with the rebuild of Velsheda. He was Secretary of the class for more than 12 years and primarily responsible for the rebirth of the Class, from the launch of a new RANGER in 2002, then HANUMAN, LIONHEART and finally RAINBOW in 2012. It is packed with many technical and sailing images of these iconic yachts.

Other J Yachts, including SVEA are now under construction or in design stage. The book details an account of the build process, the technical development of the yachts, the crewing and the Class Association.

This book continues the detailed story of the J Yachts covered by the book Enterprise to Endeavour, written by Ian Dear (also available on request £42.00).

132 pages A4 packed with many colour and historic images.

ISBN 978-0-9576156-2-5 : Order your copy below TODAY!

From £30.99 inc UK mainland postage

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RANGER TO RAINBOW More information, shipping and costs

Ranger to Rainbow - the J Class Yachts
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"What a wonderful account of the past 10 years in the Class and how great to have it written by the one who was on board and on the inside of it all. I read it in one go" - JLvB

"In this book David recounts the trials and tribulations of trying to manage a fleet of the worlds most expensive racing yachts. His skills in getting agreement from some of the strongest characters in yachting, who each have interests in proportion to the size of the budgets involved, are well underplayed in this fascinating book." - MB

"It's a great read about how the fleet was reborn and how the Class developed from three boats to seven. Packed with sailing pictures and technical detail that is amazing." - JW

"I have just finished reading Ranger to Rainbow from cover to cover and enjoyed every word and every photo. David managed to open up the heady atmosphere of J Class ownership and operation to mortals who have an interest, but little experience of what the J Class sailing is like. It impresses me too that he managed to hold together so many owners in agreement for so long." - PB

Image: Ed Holt, www.superyachtfocus.com
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