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Together we make sailing ambitions a reality… so you can embrace your own personal dream.

The Contest World is one which sailors navigate and enjoy with ease. It is a world into which we at Contest Yachts invite our owners, friends and guests. To share, to travel and adventure, securely, safely in the knowledge that the yacht sailed is well set for such voyaging. Built well, with care, and supported by its constructor throughout its long life, be it first owned, second owned or more.

Arjen Conijn, director of Contest Yachts: 'In Medemblik we have built a knowledgeable, caring full service team that personally supports and serves owners whenever need arises. And with our increasingly international network of agents, help need not be far away. We design and build yachts for people with serious ambition. Ambition needs supporting... and that's what we do, through long lasting relationships, and also through changing ownership.'

Yachts to let you adventure, to fulfil your dreams.
At Contest Yachts we see sailing as a way of determining, expressing your own dreams and ambitions. Which is why we build not just high quality yachts. We build them with each owner’s highly personalised input. Performance yachts well set to sail the world’s oceans and fulfil personal dreams, ambitions, comfortably, safely.

Our yachts are built to enjoy equally coastal, offshore and bluewater exploration. In our half century history we have learned well the responsibilities and requirements of successful long-stay sailing. Using the best of materials, hand crafting and innovative technology, we work closely with each and every owner to design, build and deliver well sorted, strong, light, seakindly, easily handled, performance distance cruisers.

Click here to discohave an inside view of the full Contest Yachts range.

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Based in Medemblik, Holland on the edge of the IJsselmeer, we’re a third generation family firm now more than 55 years old. We have always cared deeply about what we do and what we build.

From being the first series-builder to adopt vacuum injection moulding which ensures consistency, integrity with increased strength yet good weight savings.

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  • 01 jan 1970

    The 2018 Sevenstar Contest Cup, sailed over the first weekend in June off Medemblik, Holland, brought together a strong fleet of 31 Contest yachts to celebrate the 15th running of this single class annual event hosted by the constructor of these highly regarded Dutch-built performance bluewater yachts.

    With racing split between three classes, the two-day event is styled also to encourage participation of sailors less inclined to race so includes touring and more leisurely activities, plus of course a good mix of shoreside entertainment.

    Once a mist had lifted and the breeze filled in on Race Day 1, three good races were fought for in a Force 3-4 northerly, with in each class the same boats taking 1st in all races:  Tessa in the dedicated Contest 42CS fleet of six; Irina, a recently refitted Contest 60CS, in the 13-strong 40ft and above fleet; while in the below 40ft fleet of five, it was the turn of Contest 31HT Skylla to take top spot in her class for the day. And with the lightest breezes for Race Day 2 permitting the start of just one abandoned race, that’s exactly how the prize-giving played out for the 160 participants who over the weekend had enjoyed also the evening charms of Medemblik’s renowned Restaurant Meijer’s and characterful Café Brakeboer.

    The Sevenstar Contest Cup precedes by two weeks the constructor’s second summer rally and regatta, the Sevenstar Contest Meeting Mallorca (14-16 June) for owners of Contest yachts sailing the Mediterranean.

    Next year’s Sevenstar Contest Cup will be held 31 May, 1 - 2 June 2019.


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  • 11 sep 2018

    Since 1977, the Cannes Yachting Festival takes place every September in elegant, luxurious surroundings in the sparkling bay of Cannes. As the first show in the boating season, the Cannes Yachting Festival is Europe’s leading in-water boating event. The major players in pleasure yachting come here to launch the show season by showcasing their new worldwide models. 

    Personality, Stability, Heritage … and much more besides await you. Meet the Dutch during the Cannes Yachting Festival. Enjoy the Dutch hospitality and share your thoughts with specialists from every area of the Dutch superyacht industry.

    Click here for the Cannes Yachting Festival website.

    Cannes Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto.

    From Tuesday 11 to Sunday 16 September 2018

    Opening times
    Open every day 10 a.m. to 7 p.m..
    Late opening until 10 p.m. Friday 14 September.
    Closed at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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