The hull of the J Class yacht Rainbow being turned at Bloemsma Aluminiumbouw in Makkum before being transported by barge to HJB for completion.
Taking the America’s Cup winning boat from 1934 as their template, the designers at Dykstra & Partners have drawn the new 40m Rainbow to comply with the race rules of the J Class Association. She will eventually be fitted with a carbon mast, carbon rigging, and 3-DL racing sails.
The original J-Class Rainbow was designed by William Starling Burgess and launched at the Herreschoff Yard on Rhode Island in 1934. She gained worldwide fame after successfully defending the America’s Cup against Endeavour, winning four out of six races. Despite her enormous historical value Rainbow was sold for scrap in 1940 and her rebirth seven decades later is keenly awaited.