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The International Contender was designed by Bob Miller in 1967 as a potential Olympic successor to the Finn dinghy. It is a single-handed trapeze dinghy that in many ways was ahead of it's time. Strict development of the class over the years has enabled the boat to be raced even in rough open sea conditions.

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PosCrewMastBoomSpi PoleMainJibSpinnakerRudderBoardHull
1 Sam Barker(73kg)
CST/Ovington Wavelength Hartley Laminates Hartley Laminates Hartley Laminates
2 Graeme Willcox(83kg)
Seldén Seldén North Sails Bonezzi Bonezzi Bob Hoare
3 Stuart Jones(83kg)
CST Composites Super Spars Wavelength Hartley Laminates Hartley Laminates Hartley Laminates
6 Tom Hooton(85kg)
CST Composites Super Spars Wavelength Bonezzi Bonezzi Bonezzi
7 David Davies(82kg)
CST Composites Carbon Wavelength Milanes Bonezzi Bonezzi
8 Adrian Smith(69kg)
Paragon Super Spars Wavelength Hartley Laminates Hartley Laminates Hartley Laminates
9 Eden Hyland(78kg)
CST Composites CST Composites Lennon Sails Hartley Laminates Hartley Laminates Hartley Laminates
10 Ed Presley (90kg)
CST Composites Super Spars Wavelength Hartley Laminates Hartley Laminates Hartley Laminates
Show news Contender Inlands at Rutland
25 helms make the pilgrimage to the big lake
Posted on 21 Oct
Contenders at Broadstairs
Bacon rolls on arrival for the 15 helms
Posted on 23 Sep
North Sails Contender UK Nationals at Plymouth
40 sailors take part on Plymouth's famous Sound
Posted on 13 Sep
Kieler Woche part II update
Windsurfing is back after 9 years, and the leaders are Kördel and Steinlein
Posted on 10 Sep
Part I of Kieler Woche 2021 finishes with no wind
Four overall wins each for Germany and Scandinavia
Posted on 8 Sep
North Sails Contender UK Nationals form guide
Finally getting to run the 50th championships, in Plymouth next month
Posted on 27 Aug
Allen Contender Northerns at Yorkshire Dales
16 boats contest the coveted Clapham Trophy with a perfect 20 knots
Posted on 21 Aug
Allen Contender Open at Hythe and Saltwood
12 visitors joined the 4 local boats despite a dodgy forecast
Posted on 6 Aug
2021 North Sails Contender Nationals preview
50 boats expected in Plymouth
Posted on 29 Jul
Allen Contender Open at Weston
Wall-to-wall sunshine and a strong home fleet
Posted on 17 Jun
Allen Contender Open at Castle Cove
The right factors come together for second round of travellers trophy
Posted on 1 Jun
Allen Contender Travellers Round 1 at Datchet
A small but perfectly formed fleet enjoy 3 races
Posted on 17 May
Allen sponsor 2021 Contender Travellers Trophy
Fast becoming the primary hardware supplier of the class
Posted on 19 Apr
Jack Knights - Witty Wise Man
Sailing lost the sailor, innovator, journalist 40 years ago
Posted on 7 Jan
Contender Inlands at Oxford
The Oxford Team went to great lengths to enable the event
Posted on 29 Oct 2020
Crafty Keith - The definition of 'Legend'
Contender and 505 World Champion gracefully retires
Posted on 15 Sep 2020
Contender Invitational at Weston
Race 3 was not the way to treat a legend on his final hurrah
Posted on 11 Sep 2020
Kieler Woche day 4 dinghy report
New record set by Wolfgang Hunger winning 23rd title
Posted on 9 Sep 2020
Kieler Woche day 3 dinghy report
Polish youngsters dominate in the 420
Posted on 8 Sep 2020
Kieler Woche day 2
Many things are different but you can rely on the wind
Posted on 7 Sep 2020
Kiel Week 2020: Thrilling duels, large fields
Wolfgang Hunger aiming for his 23rd Kieler Woche win
Posted on 15 Aug 2020
Yes I, am the Great Contender
David Henshall gets excited in an overgrown field
Posted on 28 May 2020
Where there's a will there's a way
The past fortnight has proved that sailors are a resourceful bunch
Posted on 5 Apr 2020
A first-time varnishing experience
Contender gets a deck makeover, and the garage is inadvertantly decorated too
Posted on 2 Apr 2020
Contenders at Datchet Water
The early signs of spring in the air
Posted on 16 Mar 2020
Contender Australian Nationals at RQYS
A small but quality fleet came together for the 10 race championship
Posted on 13 Jan 2020
Contender Inlands at Rutland
Largest fleet at the Symmetric Open Regatta
Posted on 23 Oct 2019
Contender open meeting at Netley
With half the fleet camping in the field there was a recipe for disaster
Posted on 11 Oct 2019
One Design or Two?
David Henshall looks at control (and abuse) of hull shapes over the years
Posted on 9 Oct 2019
Contender Nationals at Broadstairs overall
Stuart Jones wraps up an impressive series
Posted on 15 Sep 2019