23 boats were on the startline during the Regenboog Challenge powered by Magic Marine May 17 & 18 in Port Zeelande, the Netherlands. Thanks to the beautiful weather, the lovely lunch and the great Italian dinner it was not only a good regatta but also a successful social event. The Rainbow sailors know how to combine sailing and a good party!
Background over the prestigious Rainbow; The boat belongs to the class of National unity wooden keel yachts, which originated from a competition organized by the KVNWV the current KNWV in 1917. The design is by Mr. G. de Vries Lentsch Jr.
The original intention was that all of the wooden yachts would have as many different colours as possible from types of wood and then the names and the sail sign.
All this stems from the fact that different types of wood for the skin of the fuselage may be used than there were in the past for hands.
The rig consists of a steeply peaked gaff mainsail, genoa and spinnaker. Total sail area is 70sqm. The crew consists of three people, all three of which must be an amateur.
The Dutch and Frisian Rainbow Sailors come together each year in two team matches against each other in the context of the Kaag and the Sneekweek. This Holland Friesland team events actually are still highlights of the sailing season.
There is one special Regenboog: The Oranje. Before 2001 it was dramatically damaged by a car accident during transportation on the road. In 2001, the “Oranje” was purchased by the Rainbow Club with the objective to be restored and to immerse during its 85 year anniversary of the Rainbow Class in 2002 again.
July 11, 2002 was taken on the Kaag the fully restored Rainbow by HRH Prince Willem Alexander received. Nowadays young talents get the opportunity to sail for one/two years in the “Oranje”.