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 21 April 2018 from 10.00 to 16.00 in Medemblik, Holland. Please complete the form below to attend lectures and/or guided tours.
11.30 - 12.15
North Sails: latest development and applications sails
North Sails will give an overview of the latest development and applications of sail-fabrics within competition sailing and how the techniques and quality from this development work is now being applied within the cruising sector. With the proliferation of sail types, questions such as 'What type of sail should I purchase for my yacht?' and ‘What is the right sail wardrobe for my purpose?' will also be addressed.
You can choose for a tour at the yard and/or attend a wide range of specialist expert lectures.
12.30 - 13.15
Rake Rigging: everything you need to know about ropes on board
No rope is the same. Learn all about the use of hi-tech fibres in modern ropework and get acquainted with various rope constructions to learn which line is most suitable for which application. Discover also how to make a softshackle.
13.30 - 14.15
Mastervolt: energy systems on board
In this talk, Barry Oorbeek of Mastervolt explains the basic components of onboard electrical systems, exploring themes such as: different types of batteries, what’s needed for the various electrical uses on board, and how best to manage and care for energy systems when leaving the yacht for longer periods of time. The convenience of central control panels and the most important aspects of monitoring will also be discussed.
15.00 - 15.45
Stefan Coppers: on-board reporter aboard Brunel Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015
Sailors are top athletes, just like footballers and tennis players. And that’s certainly the case with the Volvo Ocean Race. But where other athletes have a stadium to show off their skills, historically the exploits of deep ocean sailors have been far from public view. But that’s all changed and none so significantly as in the Volvo Ocean Race where now each entry has its own dedicated onboard reporter (OBR) sending live, daily feeds: stories, still and video photography. As OBR aboard Team Brunel in the last race, Stefan Coppers had the chance to experience the whole adventure and to let fans ashore see VOR life as never before. But what if that OBR just gets in the way? Does everything wrong? Is as green as grass? Does he survive life on board, in the Southern Ocean with wind Force 10 and towering waves? Stefan Copppers tells an inspiring story supported by beautiful visual material that makes the heart beat faster.
During the day idemonstrations 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.
Suppliers who will be represented:
- ASA Boot Electro
- Contest Brokerage
- Holland Nautic
- Kuiper Insurance
- MYS (Medemblik Yacht Service)
- More Marine
- North Sails
- Rake Rigging/Selden
- Robwink watermakers
- Zijlstra Collection
Guided tours through the yard
You have the possibility to see the yard and have a look behind the scenes:
10.00 - 11.30 or
13.15 - 14.45
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.”