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40m J Class sailing yacht Rainbow sold

15 July 2022• Written by Tom McGhie

The 39.95 metre Holland Jachtbouw J Class sailing yacht Rainbow has been sold by Northrop & Johnson with Y.CO.

Designed by William Starling Burgess and built by Herreshoff in the USA, the original J-class Rainbow won the America’s Cup in 1934. Built by Dutch yard Holland Jachtbouw in aluminium with delivery in 2012, this 39.95 metre Rainbow replica is based on the original design, with a modern update from Dykstra Naval Architects.

Rainbow was asking €6,950,000

Rainbow was built as the first J-class yacht with a complete hybrid propulsion and power system, allowing for fuel savings of up to 30 per cent alongside sound reduction. While in racing mode, she has ample hydraulic power and can also sail underway in silence. 

Lloyds classed and MCA compliant, Rainbow has a mahogany-panelled interior with a classic 1930’s feel and offers accommodation for up to eight guests and seven crew. Guest accommodation is in three cabins consisting of a master suite, double and twin with two Pullman berths and all cabins have full en suite facilities.

Elsewhere, a lavish main saloon boasts large in-built seating opposite a formal dining table for up to 10 guests. Large windows provide ample natural light throughout her interiors. On deck, her main deck aft offers al fresco dining for up to 12 guests. 

A winner at the 2013 World Superyacht Awards, her rig includes a Southern Spars high-modulus carbon mast, boom and spinnaker pole, continuous carbon fibre rigging, North Sails 3Di racing sails and Lewmar high-speed hydraulic winches.

Rainbow was asking €6,950,000.

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