The oldest Dutch One Design class from the land of windmills is nearing 100 years of existence, and is just as beautiful and competitive as the designers dreamed it ever could be. The Regenboog made its debut in 1917 competing on the inland lakes in The Netherlands and has been granted with great reason, the nickname of "Queen of the Lakes."
In the recent years, this granted title is being pushed past the lakes. The "Queen" has been tested on a bigger area of water. The Regenboog has been developing since its debut and pushed with the changing of times. A now epoxy built hull with better rigging and fully trained crews allows teams to explore more difficult seas. These developments proved a great basis for a new initiative with a modern, successful twist.
The initiator of the Regenboog Challenge, Max Blom, owner of Regenboog 131 (1988), conducted a test day on the Grevelingen (Marina Port Zélande) in 2010. Sailing on large, salty waters seemed to be an obtainable adventure for the "Bogen". "Two years after this test sail, the 2nd edition of this successful initiative took place and the crews of this infamous class have a new outlook and view of the opportunities for the future. For many years to come. . ."
Photos: Richard de Jonge (www.klikenco.nl) --
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