'Rainbow' keel laid...

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'Rainbow' keel laid...

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A ceremony took place on January 22 at Freddie Bloemsma’s Makkum, Holland yard, which is fabricating this J-Class recreation’s aluminium hull and deck. Once the fabrication work is done, she will be barged across the Ijsselmeer to be fitted out at HJB. She delivers for late 2011/early 2012.


The client is Chris Gongriep, the owner of the schooner Windrose and the Hollandjachtbouw yard (HJB).
The original Rainbow, commissioned by Harold Vanderbilt, was built in 1934 to defend the America’s Cup against Endeavour. Rainbow’s defence was successful, but Rainbow was sold for scrap in 1940.
Gerard Dykstra & Partners redesigned her as a contemporary superyacht from the original drawings.
Beyond carbon spars, including an original-shape ‘box boom’, and carbon rigging, she will also benefit from a diesel-electric propulsion system. Two generators will deliver 350kW to her shaft. The propeller, which will have its pitch adjusted hydraulically, will be used to charge the batteries while sailing. This hybrid engine is smaller and lighter than other engines. This feature makes Rainbow quite unique.
The first J-class event in which Rainbow will compete will be in July 2012 in Cowes. That will be where Rainbow meets Endeavour once again!
Rainbow will be fitted out for racing, but she can also be available for charter. A permanent crew of seven will look after a maximum of eight guests.

For more, www.rainbow-jh2.com

© Phil Draper