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Contest Open House

date: 06/05/17 - 06/05/17 location: Contest Yard, Overleek 5, 1671 GD, Medemblik, The Netherlands

Fancy a good look behind the scenes at one of the most renowned Dutch yacht builders? The chance to enjoy inspiring demonstrations and expert lectures, up to the minute information on the latest equipment and techniques used in yacht design and construction? Experienced boaters are all welcome to the Contest Yachts Open House on Saturday 6 May 2017 from 10.00 to 16.00 in Medemblik, Holland.  

Guided tours and lectures
You can choose for a tour at the yard and/or attend a wide range of specialist expert lectures. Topics:

Lecture 1 (max. 20 persons per lecture)
Mastervolt, Mr Pieter Eggermont
Time:  10.30 - 11.15 and 11.25 - 12.10
Power on board – the transition between VOR65 and bluewater cruiser.
Content: Heading offshore reliability is paramount and rarely more so than in the extremes of the Volvo Ocean Race, in which Mastervolt has good history providing the electrical power systems on board these extreme yachts, monitoring all systems through the company’s CZone digital switching, and including lithium-ion battery operation of the canting keel. This talk by Mastervolt’s Pieter Eggermont addresses the key issues aboard the latest VOR65 one-designs and how this knowledge and experience transfers across yacht types to increase and improve comfort, efficiencies and costs aboard bluewater cruisers like Contest yachts.

Lecture 2 (max. 20 persons per lecture)
North Sails, Mr Tom Luijks
Time:  10.30 - 11.15 and 12.20 - 13.05
Pursuing every adventure 
 With all the recent developments in sail cloth, design and manufacture, the options when looking to update sail wardrobe are many yet simultaneously potetially much more forgiving. This talk by North Sails addresses what’s new, what’s old and what you need to know to make the most of your own type of sailing, and that includes tips on easily gained perfromance imporvements plus maintenance to maximise efficiency and long life.

Lecture 3 (max. 20 persons per lecture)
Nimos Meteo Training, Mr Henk Huizinga
Time: 11.25 - 12.10 and 13.15 - 14.00
Title: Weather and Planning
Content: The best preparation for safe passage-making requires good information and understanding of current and future weather patterns. Today’s weather forecasting resources can at times seem almost limitless. But which actually best provides you with what you need? Expert meteorologist Henk Huizinga Nimos cuts through the clutter in his clear and concise Meteo Training presentation.

Lecture 4 (max. 20 persons per lecture)
ARC, World Cruising Club, Mr Bojan Michiels van Kessenich
Time: 12.20 - 13.05 and 14.10 - 14.55
ARC & Safety on board: how, with or without ARC optimize the safety on board
Content: The ARC or Atlantic Rally for Cruisers to give its full name has proved a phenomenon, introducing more sailors to ocean adventure than any other single event, for 30 years annually sending more than 200 yachts and 1200 crew westward bound for St Lucia in the Caribbean. Yet the ARC is just one of a raft World Cruising Club ocean rallies which together have created an unrivalled wealth in knowledge and experience in all matters of safety afloat. In this talk by Bojan Michiels van Kessenich, a regular member of the ARC safety team and contact for Dutch participants, be ready for safety inspiration!

Lecture 5 (max. 20 persons per lecture)  
Raymarine/Junique Sailing Team, Mr Chris Revelman and Kees van Vliet
Time: 13.15 - 14.00 and 15.05 - 15.50
Short-handing simple and fast
Content: Keeping pace when short-handed can equally be a challenge and a delight. Renowned J/122 sailors Chris Revelman and Pascal Bakker with their Junique Raymarine Sailing Team took the 2012 two-handed circuit by storm then went on to sail such classics as the Fastnet Race with just the two aboard in 2013 and 2015. They are now readying themselves again for the 2017 Fastnet and here in Medemblik Chris Revelman and Kees van Vliet talk about how it’s done: the preparation, navigation and sail and systems choice. 

Lecture 6 (max. 20 persons per lecture)
Contest circumnavigators, Mr and Mrs Joop and Ans Dekkers
Time: 14.10 - 14.55 and 15.05 - 15.50
Title: Best bluewater cruising for 7.5 years
Content: Contest 44CS owners Joop and Ans Dekkers disappeared into the blue for 7.5 years to circle the world together. In the telling of their long, extended bluewater experience, Joop and Ans will talk of how the idea came to be, took shape and played out, and met the most vital of aims… leaving together, and coming back together!

All lectures are in Dutch.

Guided tours (max. 40 persons per tour)
10.30 - 11.30
11.30 - 12.30
12.30 - 13.30
13.30 - 14.30
14.30 - 15.30


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Lecture 1, Mastervolt - Power on board: the transition between VOR65 and bluewater cruiser:
Lecture 2, North Sails - Pursuing every adventure:
Lecture 3, Nimos Meteo Training - Weather and planning :
Lecture 4, ARC - ARC & safety on board:
Lecture 5, Raymarine/Junique Sailing Team - Short-handing simple and fast:
Lecture 6, Circumnavigators Mr Joop & Mrs Ans Dekkers - Best bluewater cruising for 7.5 years:
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Demonstrations during the day include understanding the vacuum resin infusion moulding method, woodworking aboard and laying of teak decks. Contest Yachts’ preferred suppliers will also be on hand to present and discuss the how, what and why of navigation and electrical systems, watermakers, ropes and rigging, technical sports clothing, yacht transport and insurance throughout the day to provide visitors with expert, specialist knowledge and advice.  

There will naturally be the chance to inspect new yachts within the range.  

Contest Brokerage and MYS
A selection of fine pre-owned yachts will also be open for viewing on-site with the dedicated Contest Brokerage division, and the team will be pleased to help visitors with these as well as the many other listed yachts located elsewhere and marketed through the global network of Contest Brokerage. Yacht owners who are considering selling their own yacht are also in the right place to discuss arrangements and potential. The Open House also offers visitors the opportunity to become acquainted with all the extensive, full service facilities of MYS (Medemblik Yacht Services) for both summer and winter needs. The specialists of MYS will be happy to explain what they can do with questions about repair, maintenance, complete refits of yachts and also storage (heated hall and dry standing) and moorings.

Building Dreams Together
"With our Open House we want to inform and inspire experienced boaters,” says Director Arjen Conijn. “We not only show our guests how our yachts are designed and built, we also want to inspire visitors to gain more from their passion for sailing or motor boating. We’ve a family business with three generations behind our brand, and we so enjoy sharing our learnings and passions with our customers. We want to help sailors realise their dreams, to push boundaries. Joining together for a day with like-minded inquisitive and inspiring people in our yard, to walk around, to exchange experiences and to be enthused by expert lectures and stories from professionals and other sailors, we hope to contribute to this enjoyment and understanding.”