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Contest 85CS

The newly launched 26-metre Contest 85CS clearly demonstrates the strengths in Contest Yachts’ long-term collaboration with world class designers judel/vrolijk & co and Wetzels Brown Partners.

Designed for fast passage with powerful, practical, deep-ocean cruising capability, the Contest 85CS is easily sailed, managed and maintained by short-handed crew, and perfectly set both to sail the world and enjoy sailing’s high society.



The hull and deck-form of the Contest 85CS show the reasoned approach of a design team referenced across every level of performance cruising and racing, from family adventuring to grand prix eventing. This brings a moderate, shallow underbody running back from near plumb bow, with integral bowsprit and optional furler for asymmetrics, to a soft-chined, broad stern. Sailing flat and fast she has a single rudder for precise and powerful yet light control at the twin helm stations.

The composite construction is Lloyds’ certified and includes a sandwich laminate throughout from sheerline to keel stub, with advanced single-shot vacuum infusion for each of hull, structural grid and then deck. The keel is of stainless steel and lead for performance profile with cruising draft. The rudder is carbon for performance and keeping weight out of the stern to allow for good stowage in the large lazarette which has a hydraulically operated transom garage and beach platform. Space is such that the RIB can be stowed with outboard still in place.

The low, sleek styling of the saloon coachroof sits well with the sweet sheerline profie and wide expanse of laid teak decking. Flush decks are standard and hardware is according to intended sailing. For some that means all-carbon, for others a more conventional approach. All enjoy the top line specification for which Contest yachts are so well known and which makes handling and operation safe, secure and satisfying. Nothing is left to chance. It’s all to the point and fine-tuned for personal goals.


Simply put, the Contest 85CS has perhaps the widest cabin plan options in any yacht this size, and the making of this interior sensibly begins with practicality at sea. You’ll see this in the arrangement of furnishings and walkways with handholds and support always within reach. It is in the easy access always given to service and maintenance of all onboard services and systems. It is in the very fabric of the yacht from the way in which safety systems are incorporated and operated, right through to the finished surface materials, be it in the impeccably hand-crafted timber work or upholstery. And completing the picture the entire interior is wonderfully bright with extensive panoramic outlook to saloon and multiple hull windows and hatches in the cabins. Dutch heritage and modern technology ensure superyacht standards.


sail plan

Carbon or aluminium, cutter rigged or removable inner stay, panelled or moulded sails, the choice of sailplan and rig is to match specific intended use.

interior layout

Finished to the best, exacting standards, personalization of the interior.

deck layout

Flush decked as with all Contest yachts but bigger and better working, detailing includes hidden sheet runs and optimal 'soft' control gear.


main dimensions

Length overall 25.85m 84.71ft
Length overall including bowsprit 26.78m 87.86ft
Length waterline 23.17m 76.02ft
Maximum beam 6.40m 21ft
Displacement 53,900kg 118,829lb
Draft standard keel 3.79m 12.43ft
Draft shallow keel (optional) 3.28m 10.76ft
Ballast standard keel  18,500kg 40,785lb
Mast height above waterline 36.5m 119.77ft
Main sail 188m2 2,023ft2
Genoa 111% 142m2 1,528ft2
Fuel tank 2,500lt 660.4US gal
Water tank 1,500ltr 396.3US gal
Engine, Volvo Penta 201kW 247hp

polar performance diagram

The diagram shows the exceptional upwind and reaching potential of the 85CS.
Curves from in- to outside are calculated at 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 20 knots true windspeed.

polar performance diagram

stability curve

The stability curve shows a high initial stability and great sail carrying capacity. 

stability curve

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