OVER THE RAINBOW OF LONDON
At the outbreak of World War II, Over the Rainbow of London’s destiny dramatically changed when she was put to use as a coastal patroller, and the yacht’s dining room became the principal officer’s mess, where the main distraction was a game of darts. The original Honduras mahogany panels still show the scars of darts missing their target, one of many factors that speak of the yacht’s history and character. In the post-war years, she shed her classic dignity for a while and became a notorious gambling gal while anchored off Athens, Greece, where she was a highly popular floating casino, allowing the locals to bypass the laws forbidding gambling.
INTO THE 1950s
In 1952, at the end of her gambling days, her then owner, Count Raben-Levetzau of Copenhagen, sold her to the Hellenic Mining Company and she was moored at Famagusta, Cyprus. In the late 1950s she was bought by a Mr Athanasiadis, moored in Piraeus, Greece. She remained in the Mediterranean until an English yachting enthusiast purchased her and introduced her to the charter market in the Cote D’Azur in the 1990s.
The early millenium
In the early millennium, a Belgian artist set eyes on the yacht and instantly fell in love with her classic charm and romance. After acquiring Over the Rainbow of London, he took her to an Italian shipyard where she underwent a painstaking two-year rebuild at a cost of over € 5 million. The rebuild preserved her precious past and onboard atmosphere of last-century adventure, with the addition of all the advantages of 21st century needs, including unbeatable logistics, communications and adventure equipment.
NEW LIFE IN AFRICA
In 2017, when Dan Olofsson first set eyes on the yacht, he too fell in love with her, purchased her, re-named her Over The Rainbow of London (OTR), and incorporated her in the Thanda Group of operations in Africa, including Thanda Island, Thanda Safari and Thanda Classic Cruise. During the yacht’s most recent refit in 2018 by the Italian shipyard Cantieri Navali Di Sestri, the entire vessel was surveyed to ensure structural integrity and upgrades were made to complement her new life in East Africa.