In 1897, G.L. Watson was commissioned to design a Big Class schooner that would be the fastest afloat and equally suited to cruising and racing. The result was to become one of G.L.Watson & Co.’s masterpieces and the first modern schooner built in Britain.
Rainbow’s maiden passage from the Clyde to Cowes was accomplished in just 50 hours and set the tone for the reputation for speed she was to develop. In racing Rainbow overshadowed all her competitors. Her record for the fastest timed speed attained by any displacement yacht was achieved in the channel when in a period of 4 hours she sailed 60 miles.
G.L. Watson & Co. Ltd. hold the original drawings of Rainbow which makes the rebuilding possible. Her suitability for inshore and ocean racing as well as cruising has been proven by her track record. Her hull shape allows space to install modern systems; the weight of which need not compromise performance. The interior volume lends itself to truly spacious accommodation for both guests and crew.
We have restored great yachts in many countries but it is a particular pleasure to now be working on the ambitious restoration of a quintessentially British yacht in the country in which she was built. The can-do approach, friendly dynamism and quality of work make Pendennis great project partners. The on-going growth and development of the yard is inspiringWilliam Collier