At Annapolis Sailing School our commitment to relaxed, enjoyable sailing is reflected in the sailboats that we use in our classes. Although the Rainbow can now be considered a classic design, we have not found a boat that works better as a basic trainer. Thousands of beginners have tasted that first thrill of sailing on a Rainbow over the decades and have gotten hooked from there.
Two important considerations in any training boat are safety and comfort.
Rainbows will heel (lean over) but they will not capsize (tip over)! We know from experience that capsizing is the number one fear of adult beginners. The Rainbow’s design makes her uncapsizable. In addition, the boat’s simple rig enables everyone to sail while remaining in the cockpit, seated in comfort and well below the boom. USCG-mandated safety equipment is aboard all of our boats and PFD’s are provided for all sailors from children to large adults. Feel free to bring along your own PFD if you wish.
With four adults in the cockpit there is still ample legroom for everyone. The seats are chair height and the high cockpit coaming (edge) offers comfortable back support. Visibility is excellent in all directions and the simple, uncomplicated rig means a minimum of clutter and gear in the cockpit. The small cuddy cabin provides excellent protection from wind and spray when the sailing gets really interesting!
Several versions of Rainbows have been made over the years and we have recently added two variations to our fleet. The lightweight classic and original Rainbow (shown on the right) makes for a much sportier ride achieving better speeds in light winds. The Knockabout (shown on the left) gives up the forward cabin to create a much more open cockpit for a more comfortable voyage.
The Beneteau 37 is an outstanding mid-size cruiser. From her easy-handling but powerful rig complete with a mast-furling mainsail and roller-furling jib, to her wide cockpit with walk-through transom and swim ladder, and fresh water shower, the 37 is a boat designed to maximize cruising pleasure. Step below into her cavernous main salon and enjoy a full galley with double stainless steel sinks, a front loading refrigerator, a propane stove with oven, a microwave and more storage space than you can imagine to make meal preparation a breeze. The cabin layout features two airy and bright private staterooms as well as convertible berths in the main salon. The fit and finish on all the wood is equal to what one would find on custom yachts costing much more. A full head with a separate stand-up shower and six and a half feet of standing headroom ensure your comfort, whether you are on board for a two-day beginner’s course or a five-day cruising experience.