Dutch custom sailing yacht builder, Contest Yachts, will launch its brand in Asia early next month. The company, which is also currently building its first superyacht-sized craft, will launch the Contest name into Asia on December 7, the day before the three-day Kata Rock Superyacht Rendezvous (KRSR) opens.

In a statement the builder said: “The launch is part of the brand's international expansion plans in Asia and is perfectly timed during the KRSR, Asia’s most exclusive superyacht rendezvous, and the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, Asia's leading sailing event.

"We are delighted to launch our brand in Asia in close cooperation with our partner Northrop & Johnson Asia,” says Contest CEO Arjen Conijn. “The Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous, combined with Phuket’s future yachting growth potential, provides an excellent opportunity to showcase Contest Yachts to the right audience. We look forward to bringing our specialised brand of high-end European sailboats to the region, as the timing and event platform of the KRSR is a perfect fit."

Richard Pope, CEO of Kata Rocks and Infinite Luxury, commented: “Contest Yachts has always built and fitted yachts to the highest of standards in close cooperation with the exterior design team of judel/vrolijk & co and interior designers of Wetzels Brown Partners. Every Contest yacht offers modern designs and detailing with an exacting attention to detail that is sure to appeal to Asia's sailing elite.

He added that the company’s announcement comes at a time when the Asia yachting market is growing annually. "We are thrilled that such a well-established brand like Contest Yachts chose Kata Rocks to pave their way in Asia."

Owned operated by Holland’s Conijn family for over three generations, Contest Yachts has developed a strong presence in the sailing yacht market with a history of combining traditional craftsmanship with ultra-modern technologies and innovative solutions.

Contest’s new 25.9m (85ft) flagship model is currently in-build at the company’s Medemblik facility and due to be launched in 2018. Designated the Contest 85CS, this project was first announced at the 2016 Cannes Yachting Festival. The semi-custom yacht will come with modern-classic interiors by Wetzels Brown Partners of Amsterdam, who previously styled the current Contest flagship PH3, which launched in 2012.

The hull form is based on the successful Contest 67CS, which naval architect firm Judel Vrolijk & Co has extended with a moderate-shallow underbody running back from the lightly raked bow to a soft-chined, broad stern. Twin rudders will provide precise, powerful and light control from the twin helm stations. On board accommodation will provide for 10 guests in five guest cabins as well as up to four crew.