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

Open Yard Weekend 24-26 August 2018

Each year, now for the 25th consecutive year, Hallberg-Rassy hosts an Open Yard for sailing enthusiasts from all over the world. The 2018 event will be held on the weekend of August 24th through 26th. 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 suppliers are invited to join as well as premium pre-owned boats by professional yacht brokers. Hallberg-Rassy organizes this boat show. Application forms for exhibitors are available here. All in all there was over 100 yachts exhibited 2017. We expect 2018 to be even more successful. There will be very many interesting boats in the water, in 2017 yachts from ten different nations came, as well as a lot of yachts in the work shop to look at. Open Yard in Ellös is Scandinavia's largest sail boat show. 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 yachts are shown in the water and many Hallberg-Rassy yachts 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 several premieres from a number of 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.

78 shore exhibitors

There will also be many exhibitors of yacht equipment ashore. 2017 we had 78 shore exhibitors, more than on any other boat show on the Swedish West Coast. These exhibitors 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

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. Who the lector holder is, will be revealed summer 2018. 


Application needed for the lecture

The lecture will be held Saturday 25 August 2018 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

Premieres from different yacht manufacturers
Premieres from different yacht manufacturers

2017 there were more sailing yachts exhibited at Open Yard in Ellös than the previous year. We expect this positive trend to continue for 2018. All other boat builders are invited to exhibit at the show. There will be new sailboats from eight different countries. Some of the recent imporovements of the show are:

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. Good food at reasonable prices.

There are five 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 four 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. 

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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