On May the 15th 1934, the William Starling Burgess Design J Class Rainbow was launched at the Herreshoff Yard in New England after a mere 100 days of construction. She was built to defend the America's Cup against "Endeavour" in 1934. While the first 2 races were tough for Rainbow, she won the last 4, winning the America's Cup. Her owner, Harold Vanderbilt laid Rainbow up in a dry dock and then refitted her. In 1937 she was sold to Chandler Hovey and contended for Defense of the Cup. Ranger won and became the new defender for the next Cup. Two years later, Rainbow was sold for scrap.

72 years later, Holland Jachtbouw launched the new J-class yacht Rainbow at its yard in the Netherlands. Based upon the lines of the original America's Cup winner in 1934, this spectacular 39-metre sailing yacht is the first J-class yacht with hybrid power and propulsion, featuring a diesel-electric propulsion system devised by HJB and WhisperPower, a Holland-based developer and manufacturer of hybrid systems for yachts and commercial vessels. The reduction in sounds levels both inside and outside the yacht allow the benefit of silent night-sailing or docking. While the hull of the original Rainbow was made of bronze plates on iron frames, today's new J has an aluminum hull built to maximum performance rules of the J Class Association. While preserving the original art deco style and classic feel while offering state of the art systems and modifications to enhance cruising and entertainment comfort, S/Y Rainbow is now a truly ideal sailing and charter vessel.

RACING

2012 -
competed at J Class Falmouth Regatta
2012 -
competed at J Class Solent Regatta and 100 Guinea Cup Round the Island Race, UK
2013 -
competed at St Barths Bucket
2013 -
competed at Superyacht Cup, Palma
2013 -
won two races and took second overall in the J Class at the Maxi Rolex Cup, Porto Cervo
2014 -
Loro Piani Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, BVI. Won third race and took second overall in Division A
2014 -
competed at St Barths Bucket
2014 -
competed at Superyacht Cup, Palma
2014 -
competed at Maxi Rolex Cup, Porto Cervo
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