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News: Construction Begins for the J-Class Rainbow

October 25, 2009 by Superyacht Design
Construction Begins for the J-Class Rainbow

Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects is not a new name in the yacht industry. Famous for award winning Yachts such as Athena, Adix, Adela, Windrose, Borkumriff IV, Endeavour, Velsheda, Shamrock V and Maltese Falcon, the Dykstra & Partners team has in-depth expertise in designing and re-designing of classic and modern performance yachts with precise Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects specializes in yacht design and building supervision of ocean going sailing boats and fast short handed racers. The company also believes in giving much attention to the research and development. New designs are tested in towing tanks and wind tunnels and strength of hull and rig is studied with finite element analyzes.

Recently, the company has been offered an important task of re-building the famous sailing yacht Rainbow. The original William Starling Burgess Design J-Class Rainbow was launched at the Herreschoff Yard in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA on May 15th 1934. Rainbow was made with the sole purpose of defending the America’s Cup against “Endeavour” in 1934. In 1937 she was sold to Chandler Hovey and contended for the defense of the Cup. In 1940 Rainbow was sold for scrap.

Now, Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects will be developing a new Rainbow for a repeat client, the former owner of Windrose of Amsterdam. The 40 meter new J-Class Rainbow will be built of aluminum and will be designed according to the JCA (J Class Association) for maximum performance rules. The yacht has been provided with a technology known as VPP (Velocity Prediction Program), which is a based rating system that puts limits to the performance. The technology has been developed by the Dykstra & Partners office and the Wolfson Unit in Southampton.

The construction of the yacht has already begun at the Bloemsma Aluminiumbouw. When the hull is ready, Rainbow will be transported to be finished at Holland Jachtbouw (HJB). The re-build of this originally William Starling Burgess Designed yacht will be under supervision of Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects. Rainbow will be built and fitted out to race with the existing and new J’s according to the JCA (J Class Association) rules.

Rainbow is expected to be launched in 2010.It will be the 2nd new J-Class in order for the Dykstra team. Moreover, to keep the J-Class fleet and races alive and to encourage new build yachts to enter the field, new JCA maximum performance rules have been developed and new J-Class projects are already in designing process for various clients.

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