Contest Yachts

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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.

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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.

Creativity & Design
From Day One Contest Yachts has aligned and worked only with leading designers. Read more...


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  • 01 jan 1970

    Now well on the way to her 2018 launch, the new 26-metre flagship Contest 85CS is in the fitting out hall where engineering and systems installation are progressing well, in line with joinery both on and off the yacht as base furnishing structure and modules progress through the cabinet making department. It is an exciting time for the Contest Team seeing this first of the line taking shape. She’s going to be seriously good fun to sail and also to live on board in such extreme comfort. Commissioned by an owner with very particular views on safety systems and interior arrangements after significant deep ocean experience, Contest 85CS #1 shines a light on the extreme individuality that this level of semi-construction enables.

    With such well practised collaboration between Contest Yachts, Holland’s leading semi-custom yacht constructor, judel/vrolijk & co, Germany’s leading naval architects, and eminent Dutch interior designers Wetzels Brown Partners, the magic is all there. The Contest 85CS explicitly shows so well the best of contemporary seagoing design, optimised from keel foot to masthead, outside and in. Together this delivers the perfect balance of performance bluewater cruising, tailored to the individual owner’s intentions and taste.

    Constructed under the watchful eye of Lloyd’s Register, the structure of the Contest 85CS is assured of exceptionally high standards of build. Contest Yachts has long pioneered vacuum infusion moulding techniques, achieving extremely robust yet lighter weight structures. This means fast, sea kindly and easily handled sailing, all endorsed by a Lloyd’s Register Hull Construction Certificate.

    A step further
    The Contest 85CS now takes this all a step further, and in this first instance for a hands-on owner set on a world circumnavigation sailing with a crew of usually just two. To ease operation and maintenance, together captain, yard and suppliers have innovated throughout. And this includes new approaches to short-handed sail management, to ensure optimal sailing enjoyment, getting the best at all times out of the full North wardrobe, including code sails flying from the carbon Hall rig.

    Many options
    Interior arrangements include many options extending to a five-cabin, five-heads, plan. On Contest 85CS #1 the design revolves around three suites with galley aft and vast, functional crew quarters forward which include a second, dedicated navigation centre and office plus full workshop and walk-through large sail and rope locker. Tenders can stow in the opening transom or can be specified in a foredeck well that doubles as occasional dining area. The two-section cockpit separates yacht operation and lounging, with the forward section sized well for up to 12 guests to dine, relax and enjoy the panorama and new horizons.

    We all, owner, captain, yard and build partners, look forward to the launch of this first Contest 85CS later this year to begin her around-the-world adventuring. We will continue to post updates through the coming final stages of construction and commissioning.


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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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