Category: RAINBOW

Yacht Rainbow DeckPlan - Image Credit to DykstraSecond success for Harold S. Vanderbilt and William Starling Burgess after Enterprise in 1930

After its success in 1930 with Enterprise, Harold S. Vanderbilt created a new syndicate to confront his English "colleague" of aviation, TOM Sopwith. He turned to William Starling Burgess to design and it is the Herreshoff yard ...

... that built his last defender, the eighth in a continuing series from Vigilant in 1893. Starling Burgess resumes plans for a Class J he had started two years earlier and produces two models that he tests in the Ann Arbor yacht basin. Both models show faster than Enterprise and will be presented to Harold S. Vanderbilt late October 1933.

Construction begins before the end of 1933 with the manufacture and installation of frames. This is a classic building for this time with bronze planking on steel frames. It is said that the construction lasted 100 days. In reality, it would be rather 116 days between Tuesday, December 26, 1933 and Saturday, April 21, 1934.

The launch was held on 15 May 1934 and the duralumin mast manufactured by Glenn L. Martin Co. is rigged the same day.

Stepping the mast on Rainbow



Rainbow : DATA TABLE
Designer W. Starling Burgess
Builder Herreshoff Manufacturing Company
Owner Syndicat dirigé par Harold S. Vanderbilt
Club New York Yacht Club
Cup Edition 15 (1934)
Skipper Harold M. S. VANDERBILT
Afterguard William Starling Burgess, John Parkinson, C. Sherman Hoyt (barreur de réserve), Prof. Zenas Bliss, Frank C. Paine (spi)
Launching May 15th, 1934
Type Sloop Marconi
Hull material Iron
Mast material Aluminium
L.O.A. 38,90 m
L.W.L. 24,99 m
Beam 6,40 m
Draft 4,56 m
Mainmast 47,08 m
Mainboom 20,19
Displacement 141 tons
Sail area 7,535 sq. ft.
Rating J Class, 76.0. Sail Number : J 5


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