Published: Monday, 19 June 2017

Dutch shipyard Contest Yachts has reported a good year of its annual regatta and rallying events in early June – the Sevenstar Contest Cup in Medemblik, Holland, and the Sevenstar Contest Meeting Mallorca sailing from Porto Adriano to the Bay of Palma. 

Contest Yachts Reports Good Sailing In June.

(Image: Contest Yachts)

The Sevenstar Contest Cup (June 2-4) drew a fleet of 33 Contest yachts ranging from 31-62ft for the event and a programme of social sailing. Racing was in three divisions: two are over and under 40ft (12m) and a new third is a single class for Contest 42CS with a six-strong lineup. 

Four races were run over two days with the fleet settling into their own pattern after the first race which threw in a 250° wind shift to challenge tactics and rationale before fairer winds settled in for the weekend of straight, fun racing.

In the under 40ft Class, Contest 31HT Skylla played the strongest hand with a 1,2,1,1, followed by Contest 35 Dione, with 3,3,3,2 over Contest 35 Paperino which had looked set for second overall until a DNF in the fourth race sunk an otherwise good 2,1,2 challenge.

Over 40ft was taken by Amica Agripina, Contest 57CS, which suffered in that first race but then swept the board with an otherwise perfect 6,1,1,1. The Muse followed into the second spot with 1,2,2,4 while Contest 438CS Blue Twinkle sailed third with 2,2,3,5.

In the new Contest 42CS division, with allowance made between carbon and metal rigs, honours went to Stella Maris with a clean sweep 1,1,1,1, then second Fleur du Rocher with 2,5,2,3, and third the 42CS Anne with 3,2,3,4.

While the racing played out, nine of the fleet set off on a different quest mixing sailing with exploration ashore, in a more leisurely manner sailing the IJsselmeer before all rejoined for the partying, dining and dancing enjoyed both at Medemblik’s top spots Café Brakeboer and Restaurant Meijer’s 2.0.

This year’s Sevenstar Contest Meeting Mallorca (June 8-10) celebrated change with a new format, the fleet gathering in Port Adriano to the west of the Bay of Palma then racing around the coast to different venues each evening. By day, the challenges for the fleet of eight Contest yachts spanning 48-67ft (15-20m) led into relaxing, fun evenings from beach club and games to water’s edge dining.

Four races occurred in two days. Day One, Race One went to Contest 62CS Emrar 3, while Race Two with shortened course in the later, failing wind fell to Waldron, the exciting new Contest 67CS. Heading into Cala Llamp, a bay next to Port Andratx, the fleet enjoyed BBQ at Beachclub Granfollies. 

After a lazy morning, the battle flags lifted to a lunchtime breeze of 13-15 knots for an upwind, downwind course before a second race into the Bay of Palma, there rounding the Isla del Sech, before anchoring near Playa Illetes for a relaxing afternoon before the evening’s prizegiving ceremony and dinner at the brand new Puro Beach Club.

And the winners were: First – Contest 62CS Flying Kangaroo after a consistent 2,2,2,2; second – Contest 50CS Marijn with 4,4,1,1; and third – Contest 55CS Amati recording 6,3,4,3.