MEDEMBLIK – Contest Yachts, a fixture in the Dutch sailing yachts sector for over 60 years, introduced two new models last year. The already in-build 49CS, and the 50CS. The yard makes blue water sailing yachts from 42ft to 85ft (13m to 26m).
The Contest 50CS’ naval architecture is the work of Judel/Vrolijk. The 50ft CS has a cockpit, divided into a lounge and a steering area. “By placing the aft cabin completely back, we gained mid-ship length for the saloon,” says Arjen Conijn, the yard’s director. “This also allows for a galley that can be used on both sides of the gangway.”
The 50CS comes standard with three cabins: two forward guest cabins, each with a full bathroom, and the owner’s aft cabin. For the 50CS, the yard turned to the interior designers of Wetzels Brown Partners. “We know our clients well. We know how to find the right touch: neutral, with decorative accents and accessories,” says Conijn.
Contest Yachts are made with the Lloyds-approved vacuum-injection method. Carbon is also incorporated in the hull, for strength, stiffness and saving weight. “Our composites department has much expertise in saving weight,” says Conijn.
The hull of the 50CS is slightly flatter and a little wider in the stern than is normally the case. “This yields less resistance and a better light-weather performance,” says Arjen Conijn, the yard’s director.
“A Contest must sail safely and comfortably. The keel bottom has been ‘thickened,’ to not quite a bulb, and the yacht will have a single balance rudder. Double rudders are not functional. Only when you sail with one rudder blade out of the water do you benefit from it. Twin-rudder maneuvering is not good.”
The Contest 50CS boasts an aluminum mast with the forestay connected just below the masthead. The battened mainsail has lazy jacks. A furling main or in-mast furling is an option. Backstays and a cutter stay jib are not needed but round-the-world aficionados may want to consider them. For light weather conditions, a Code Zero is an option. The boat comes with a 110HP Yanmar diesel, but electric propulsion is optional as are integrated solar deck panels.
Arjen Conijn: “We believe in collaborating with owners to design a yacht that fully meets their wishes and needs. This new Contest 50CS is just another wonderful example.”
The Contest 49CS also has an aft cockpit. Arjen Conijn: “Historically, we were the market leader in the center cockpit segment. However, we also have customers who want an aft cockpit, while still opting for Contest’s high-quality construction and great comfort.”
The 49CS is also a collaboration with Judel/Vrolijk and Wetzels Brown Partners.
Says Johan Siefer of Judel/Vrolijk: “The success factors during the design development were the interior volume, the stability and improved sailing performance upwind and in light weather. The yacht is less sensitive to heel and the hull has less resistance in the water. The 49CS is built with the single-shot vacuum injection technique that makes the boat super stiff, strong and lightweight.”
The stern houses two spacious double cabins. Next to the cabin stairs at port side is the galley with two worktops on either side of the gangway. The salon is bathed in natural light and L-shaped settees on both sides, plus a table and a navigation position to starboard.
On deck, the cockpit consists of two parts: a forward section, free of sheets and trim lines that are fed into the aft part with the twin steering wheels, well forward of the stern.