rainbow sailing experience
Join us for a Sailing Day Experience onboard this unique J-Class sailing yacht
The Owner and Owner's Representative of unique J-Class yacht RAINBOW invite you to join us for an exclusive Sailing Day Experience onboard. Choose your day: 14th, 15th or 16th September 2018. Limited spots available!
A sneak preview of your sailing experience
what makes sailing onboard RAINBOW an experience like no other?
On RAINBOW, designs of the past blend with technologies of the present. With an aluminium hull built to the maximum performance rules of the J Class Association, this yacht was built to win. Complex hybrid and hydraulic technologies enable fast hydrodynamic sailing up to 11 knots. RAINBOW's stunning rig features high-modulus carbon spars by Southern Spars, a carbon mast, boom and spinnaker pole, continuous carbon fibre rigging and North Sails 3Di racing sails.
RAINBOW's elegant flush decks feature bespoke equipment designed for smooth sailing and swift racing manoeuvres. Lightweight aluminium winches are custom made by Lewmar. Everything above the 1930s original lines plan is state of the art, including a traditional solid mahogany sunken deckhouse and skylight, beautifully finished over months of hands-on craftsmanship at the Holland Jachtbouw shipyard. For the interior, Dykstra and deVosdeVries used Art Deco styling to create a continuity between outside and in, past and present.
On 15 May 1934, the spectacular 40 metre J Class Rainbow, designed by William Starling Burgess, was launched after just 100 days of construction at Herreshoff, New England. Her owner, Harold Vanderbilt, named RAINBOW as an expression of his hope for the future after the Wall Street Crash. That year, the newly launched RAINBOW beat Sir Thomas Sopwith’s ENDEAVOUR by four races to two to take home the America's Cup, kicking off a legendary racing career. Like many large yachts of the time, RAINBOW did not survive the cull for metal in WWII. However, she has been reborn in the new RAINBOW, with the original lines plan carefully followed by Dykstra Naval Architects.
about the j-class
Known as the most beautiful sailing yachts in the world, J-Class yachts are single-masted racing sailboats built to the specifications of Nathanael Herreshoff's Universal Rule. The J-Class are considered the peak racers of the 1930s, the era when the Universal Rule determined eligibility in the America's Cup. Only 11 J-Class yachts currently exist in the world.