Scandinavia's largest sailboat show
Scandinavia's largest sailboat show

Open Yard Weekend 25-27 August 2017

Each year, now for the 24th consecutive year, Hallberg-Rassy hosts an Open Yard for sailing enthusiasts from all over the world. The 2017 event will be held on the weekend of August 25th through 27th. There is no other place in Scandinavia where you will find this many new sailing yachts in the size range 31-64 ft on display in the water and equipment to look at. You are all invited to join us for this interesting weekend. Also other boat builders and relevant boat equipment are invited to join. Hallberg-Rassy organizes this boat show. Application forms for exhibitors are available here. All in all there will be 100 yachts exhibited 2017. There will be very many interesting boats in the water, from ten different nations, as well as in the work shop to look at. Open Yard in Ellös is Scandinavia's largest boat show for sailing yachts. Here you can read about what is planned for this event. 

Scandinavia's largest sailboat show

Watch boat building live, also at the weekend
Watch boat building live, also at the weekend

Between 10.00-18.00 Friday-Saturday and 10.00-16.00 on Sunday the Hallberg-Rassy 310, 340, 372, 40 Mk II, 412, 44, 55 and 64 are shown in the water and many Hallberg-Rassy yachts of the models 310, 340, 372, 40 Mk II, 412, 44, 48 Mk II and 64 under construction in different stages in the workshops. Boat building will be performed in the work shops, also at the weekend. We have invited our competitors to join us and show their boats in the water as well. There will five premieres from several international boatbuilders. To see a list over boats and exhibitors 2017 please click here. The event will be open 10.00-18.00 Friday-Saturday and 10.00-16.00 on Sunday. It will be possible to walk around inside the yard from 14.00 on Friday afternoon. After special appointment, there is limited possibilities for trial sails of different models on Monday the 28th.

75 shore exhibitors

There will also be many exhibitors of yacht equipment ashore. They will show only relevant products such as engines, sails, rigs, navigation aids, insurance, winter storage, sailing clubs, maintenance and other equipment that may be of interest to you. 

Parking and to see the boats in the water and to tour the yard, is free of charge. 

Boat builders from eight nations will join us
Boat builders from eight nations will join us

Lecture at Open Yard Weekend: Photo shooting with Rick Tomlinson

As the tradition says, there will be an interesting lecture on Saturday evening at the Hallberg-Rassy Open Yard weekend. The lecture will be held in English by Rick Tomlinson, one of the best yacht photographers in the world and frequently working for Hallberg-Rassy. Rick will tell about how he makes yacht photo shooting and show pictures of yacht racing, high latitude cruising and wildlife. Rick Tomlinson made his name capturing the Southern Ocean at its most treacherous from the decks of various yachts in the Whitbread Round the World Race. He started with freelance pictures published in Yachting World and Seahorse in 1985 from Drum and finished his 4 Race Whitbread (now Volvo Ocean Race) career with a commission from National Geographic onboard Team EF.


Rick Tomlinson
Rick Tomlinson

Born in 1958, Rick grew up on the Isle of Man, where he established a serious interest in sailing, spending much of his time on the water racing dinghies dreaming of one day competing in the Whitbread Race. Rick joined the build team of the Maxi Colt Cars. The yacht ended up in the hands of Duran Duran's lead singer rock star Simon le Bon with the new name 'Drum'. Through working on the build team Rick was given the opportunity to crew aboard Drum.

After the near fatal roll in the Fastnet Race when Drum's keel broke off, the boat was quickly repaired for the start of the Whitbread Round the World Race 1985. Rick was one of the crew. On Drum Rick offered to take some pictures and set off on the race with one Nikon and 20 rolls of film, his photos were a huge success and redefined onboard photography with his trademark slow exposure night time shots of the Southern Ocean.

Eventually he sailed in four Whitbread Round the World Races, onboard Drum, The Card, Intrum Justitia and with the two EF teams in the 1997 Whitbread where he was commissioned by National Geographic. Rick has been the official photographer for the Volvo Ocean Race and for the GBR Challenge at the America's Cup and numerous other projects. Between races Rick travels to numerous regattas around the world, usually chasing yachts from a helicopter or chase boat and always on the lookout for a unique angle. 

Yacht racing aside, Rick has extended his skills into expedition & project photography to such places as the Arctic and Antarctic, Chile, Alaska, Caribbean and Africa.

Application needed for the lecture

Photo: Rick Tomlinson
Photo: Rick Tomlinson

The lecture will be held Saturday 26 August 2017 at 19.00 and we will start with dinner, followed by the lecture. As the number of seats to the lecture are limited and dinner with beverage will be served, we request a prepayment of tickets from you. The Saturday night lecture including dinner costs SEK 400 (roughly 42 Euros) per person. Please give us your Visa, Eurocard or Mastercard number, expiry date, CVX2-code (CVX2-code is the three last digits right of the signature on the backside of the card), name, address, mobile phone number, email address and your written agreement for us charging the above mentioned amount. For safety reasons we do not want you to email text with facts about your credit card. Please send either a photo or a scanned hand written letter of the data to For Swedish citizens, please use Swedish Bankgiro 541-2051.

Parking and to see the yard and the boats in the water is free of charge.

Many improvements and more sailing yachts than last year

Five premieres from different yacht manufacturers
Five premieres from different yacht manufacturers

There will be more sailing yachts exhibited at Open Yard in Ellös 25-27 August 2017 than last year. All other boat builders are invited to exhibit at the show. There will be new sailboats from at least eight different countries. There are many further improvements of the show. Here are some:

Caribbean bar also after show hours
After the official closing time of the fair it will be possible, for visitors and exhibitors, to buy food and drinks in the middle of the harbour at the Caribbean bar with real palm trees. The food is served by Kalaskockarna, well-know for their good food. 

There are four restaurants open in the area both during the opening hours of the Open Yard event as well as in the evenings after the event. One of those restaurants is at the Open Yard area and three in the neighbourhood.

Premium used boats by professional brokers
There is a clearly defined part of the harbour for recent premium brokerage, exhibited by professional yacht brokers.

One show on Orust

All boat shows on the island Orust will be in one place: Ellös, and one Open Yard. All boat builders in the neighbourhood are showing their boats in Ellös. This makes it easier and better for visitors and exhibitors.

Try radio controlled boats at Open Yard
Try radio controlled boats at Open Yard

Several premieres
There will be several premieres from various manufacturers at Open Yard. The most important one being the world premiere for the Hallberg-Rassy 340

Try sailing
A local sailing club will offer free trials with stable Tvåkrona sailing dinghies. If you havn't been sailing before, come and take the chance to test sailing. 

Sail radio controlled boats
There will be a chance to sail radio controlled sailing boats in the marina.

New web site
There is a new web site for Open Yard /Öppet Varv:  in English and in Swedish

Engine installation at Hallberg-Rassy


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