Contest Yachts: inspiring boaters to get more out of boating

MEDEMBLIK _ Not long ago, a reviewer said Contest Yachts makes “the almost boundless difference between production and top end, semi-custom yachting.” Amen!

Contest 27 MKII, 1971. (Ph. Contest Yachts)

This year, the family-owned, high-end Dutch sailboat maker celebrates its 60th anniversary. Over 6 decades and 3 generations, it has built some 3,500 boats _ from Olympic dinghies to family cruisers to world-class blue water sailing yachts.

In mid-April, Contest staged an open-door event to “inspire experienced boaters … to gain more from their passion for sailing or motor boating,” says CEO Arjen Conijn. Contests makes semi-custom sailing yachts _ 8 models, from 42 to 85 ft (13 to 26m), some classic yachts and a 52ft. motor cruiser.

Last November, the company launched its latest superyacht-length flagship, the 26m Contest 85CS which can circumnavigate the globe with a crew of just two.

The gorgeous flush-decked Polina Star IV is the owner’s 3rd Contest. Designed and engineered by judel/vrolijk, all systems have been doubled for safety and only systems and equipment known to the crew were installed. The steel-hulled yacht has 4 watertight compartments. The forward section of the 9-berth vessel was dedicated for crew and ship management functions.

Contest 42CS (Ph. Contest Yachts)

Hull and deck are foam-cored and vacuum-infused. The rudder and A-frame for flying code sails are made of carbon as is the Hall Spars rig. “A judel/vrolijk design and the Contest approach to lightweight interiors make for the best of superyacht safety and comfort,” says Conijn.

Skipper and project leader Alessio Cannoni adds Polina Star IV will sail in all conditions and just about all the time. “We have a huge sail locker because my way is to sail 70% of the time.”