Construction begins on new J-Class Rainbow...

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Construction begins on new J-Class Rainbow...

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Dutch yard F Bloemsma Aluminiumbouw of Makkum has started work on the hull of the J-Class 'Rainbow'. Once the hull is finished, she will be transported south by barge across the Ijsselmeer for fit-out at HJB (Holland Jachtbouw) in Zaandam. Delivery is scheduled for early 2011.

NOVEMBER 2009

The re-build of this original William Starling Burgess designed yacht will be supervised of Dijkstra & Partners Naval Architects, which was also responsible for the re-builds and refits of the ‘Js’ ‒ Shamrock V, Endeavour, Velsheda, Ranger and the recently launched Hanuman (AKA the 'Endeavour II' project).
She will be built and fitted out to race with the existing and new Js according to the JCA (J-Class Association) rules.
To keep the J-Class fleet and races alive and to encourage new-build yachts to join the fleet, new JCA maximum performance rules have been developed that allow aluminium as a building material. The new rule is a VPP-based rating system, which puts limits on the performance. This new rule has been developed by the Dijkstra & Partners office and the Wolfson Unit in Southampton, UK. The aim of the JCA, the Dijkstra team and the rule is to bring fair and close racing to the fleet and to give all designs a chance of winning on handicap. Over the years the Dijkstra team gained an enormous amount of hands-on information by racing on all the Js in the current fleet.
Rainbow will be the 2nd new J-Class in order for the Dijkstra team.
And more J projects are said to be looming.

Basic Spec – J-Class Rainbow...
LOA: 39.95m (131ft)
LWL: 27.10m (89ft)
Displacement: 176 tons
Construction Material: Aluminum
Naval Architect/Styling: Dijkstra & Partners Naval Architects, Amsterdam, Holland
Hull Construction: Bloemsma Aluminiumbouw, Makkum, Holland
Yard: HJB (Holland Jachtbouw), Zaandam

For more, www.gdnp.nl, www.bloemsma-aluminiumbouw.nl and www.hollandjachtbouw.nl

© Phil Draper