Sailing Yacht RAINBOW is a J-Class sailing yacht, which has been recently transported from Bloemsma Aluminiumbouw to Holland Jachtbouw, as the construction of her hull is now complete and she is ready for further work.
Rainbow JH2 Yacht has been redesigned by Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects, based on the original sailing yacht by William Starling Burgess. Today, she is built in aluminium with carbon mast and rigging with 3-DL racing sails.
Superyacht JH2 RAINBOW is built and fitted for racing against the existing and new J-class boats according to the J Class Association rules.
For chartering purposes she will be built under Lloyds A1 and MCA. The diesel-electric propulsion system is one of her unique features. She will have no main engine, however will be supplied with two generators, which will deliver 350kW on the propeller.
Her owner is in charge of her interior design, with development from Dykstra & Partners. A professional crew of seven will be permanently on board, who will look after eight to ten guests.
The racing crew will comprise of 25 to 28 members, as quite a few of them are required to handle the giant spinnaker of 950 square metres.
Yacht Rainbow is scheduled to be launched at Holland Jachtbouw in Zaandam towards the end of 2011. Extensive test sailing will follow her launch, to ensure successful competition in J-class races. Mid 2012, during the Olympic Games, Cowes will host a J-class event where 7 or 8 Js are expected. Rainbow is due to be among them.
LOA 40 m
DRAFT 4.80 m
LOD 40 m
AIRDRAFT 53.66 m
LWL 27.10 m
DISPLACEMENT approx. 175 tons
BEAM 6.37 m
UPWIND 950 m2
RUNNING 1500 m2
Yacht Rainbow’s History:
In 1934 the original Rainbow Yacht was constructed and commissioned by Harold Vanderbilt at the Nat Herreshoff yard in Bristol, New England and her design was the work of William Starling Burgess. She was named RAINBOW by Vanderbilt, who was then hoping for a better future during the great depression. It is interesting, that yacht Rainbow is being built once again during the time of world crisis. She was built in mere 100 days, with bronze plating on a steel frame below the waterline. Her mast measured 45 metres in length and was constructed of aluminium plates. In 1934 selection series sailing Yacht Rainbow raced against refitted veterans from 1930, such as Weetamoe and Yankee. Yacht Rainbow won the series with helmsmen Mike Vanderbilt and Olin Stephens. The victory enabled Rainbow to successfully defend the cup against the British challenger Endeavor.