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May 30th 2014. By Louay Habib.

Over the Rainbow: J-Class yacht video

Rainbow JH2 is a unique historical recreation of the original J Class yacht Rainbow, captured here on Pathe News footage from 1934.

The original J Class yacht Rainbow, owned and sailed by American railroad millionaire Harold Vanderbilt, successfully defended the America’s Cup in 1934, against Thomas Sopwith’s British challenger, Endeavour.

Watch some Pathe news footage of the original Rainbow below.

J-Class Rainbow

J-Class Rainbow

The new Rainbow JH2 was commissioned after the formation of the J Class Association in 2000 and was built in Holland to a design by Dykstra Naval Architects based on the original plans.

With state-of-the-art systems Rainbow JH2 can be sailed by a crew of just eight in cruising mode with eight further people accommodated as guests on board. However, when racing Rainbow’s huge spinnaker needs many hands and 28 sailors are often required.

The original Rainbow took just 100 days to build, whereas JH2 took two years due to the extra luxury and technology required to make her into a comfortable cruising yacht as well as a racing machine.

For the full story, see: Rainbow: beautiful J-Class in action


Louay Habib
Louay Habib is a freelance journalist and broadcaster based in the UK who writes for some of the most prestigious magazines and clubs all over the world, including the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Volvo Ocean Race.