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Contender

Contender

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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Show news Crafty Keith - The definition of 'Legend'
Contender and 505 World Champion gracefully retires
Posted on 15 Sep
Contender Invitational at Weston
Race 3 was not the way to treat a legend on his final hurrah
Posted on 11 Sep
Kieler Woche day 4 dinghy report
New record set by Wolfgang Hunger winning 23rd title
Posted on 9 Sep
Kieler Woche day 3 dinghy report
Polish youngsters dominate in the 420
Posted on 8 Sep
Kieler Woche day 2
Many things are different but you can rely on the wind
Posted on 7 Sep
Kiel Week 2020: Thrilling duels, large fields
Wolfgang Hunger aiming for his 23rd Kieler Woche win
Posted on 15 Aug
Yes I, am the Great Contender
David Henshall gets excited in an overgrown field
Posted on 28 May
Where there's a will there's a way
The past fortnight has proved that sailors are a resourceful bunch
Posted on 5 Apr
A first-time varnishing experience
Contender gets a deck makeover, and the garage is inadvertantly decorated too
Posted on 2 Apr
Contenders at Datchet Water
The early signs of spring in the air
Posted on 16 Mar
Contender Australian Nationals at RQYS
A small but quality fleet came together for the 10 race championship
Posted on 13 Jan
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
Contender Nationals at Broadstairs day 3
The wind pipes up again!
Posted on 9 Sep 2019
Contender Nationals at Broadstairs day 2
A full-on attritional battle in big wind
Posted on 8 Sep 2019
Contender Nationals at Broadstairs day 1
43 weapons of sailing perfection lined up and ready
Posted on 7 Sep 2019
Contender Nationals Runners & Riders
In one of three years that might be the 50th year of the class
Posted on 26 Aug 2019
Contenders at Weston
Fleet stretch their legs in the breeze after a light wind World Championship
Posted on 19 Aug 2019
Bojangles at the Menai Strait Regattas
Looking for logic
Posted on 19 Aug 2019
Contender Worlds at Quiberon, France
135 Contender sailors from across many seas take part
Posted on 31 Jul 2019
Contenders at Filey
Older boats still showing tremendous speed
Posted on 5 Jul 2019
Kiel Week day 4
Hunger quenches his thirst for a 22nd title
Posted on 25 Jun 2019
Kiel Week day 3
Lining up for some tense showdowns
Posted on 24 Jun 2019
Kiel Week day 2
75 races in dream-like conditions
Posted on 24 Jun 2019
Contender Eastern Area Championships
TT series visits Thorpe Bay and sailors come from as far as Bristol
Posted on 22 Jun 2019
Contender Southern Championship at Highcliffe
Sailor's bodies were telling them they'd had a good day
Posted on 5 Jun 2019
Contenders at Poole
One day of industrial-scale sail measuring and boat tinkering
Posted on 21 May 2019
Performance defining dinghies - the Top Dogs
David Henshall digs into the history of the 'performance' dinghy
Posted on 16 May 2019
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Keith Paul retires from competitive sailing (on the left, his wife and daughter, and on the right, Dougal Henshall and Chris Boshier from the BCA)
© Lin Henshall
Keith Paul sailing his Contender on Lake Garda
© Liz Potter
Defending champion Sören Dulong Andreasen (Denmark) could not be stopped in the Contender.
© www.segel-bilder.de
Sören Dulon Andreasen (Denmark) leads the Contender.
© Sascha Klahn / Kieler Woche
Dave Adams (59) caught on port tack by Pierce Seward (2073) during the Dyson Dash
© Adrian Trice
A pilot boat gives the already substantial swell a further stir during the Dyson Dash
© Adrian Trice
Narrow rectangular transom outlets for the cockpit drains are a near certain indicator of an early Mark 1 Rondar, as is the non-slip finish applied to the decks
© David Henshall
That classic Rondar/Pitman set up of white hull and blue decks
© Yachts & Yachting / Rondar Boats
The Contender of today is a glorious mix of form and function, but there are others that are not so lucky
© David Henshall
The brambles and gorse may have all but claimed this boat as part of the scenery, but it will soon be cleared away
© David Henshall
Varnishing from bare wood - after final polish and wax
© Daniel Hollands
Varnishing from bare wood - scraping back
© Daniel Hollands
Varnishing from bare wood - after first polish
© Daniel Hollands
Varnishing from bare wood - after second polish
© Daniel Hollands
Varnishing from bare wood - after the third coat
© Daniel Hollands
Contenders at Datchet Water
© Rodger White
Contenders at Datchet Water
© Rodger White
Contenders at Datchet Water
© Rodger White
Contenders at Datchet Water
© Rodger White
Contenders at Datchet Water
© Rodger White
Andre Webster 3rd overall - International Contender Class National Championships 2020
© Will Martineau
Geoff Fisher 1st overall - International Contender Class National Championships 2020
© Will Martineau
Bottom mark rounding - International Contender Class National Championships 2020
© Will Martineau
Contender fleet starts race 9 reduced - International Contender Class National Championships 2020
© Will Martineau
Contender fleet at gybe mark reduced - International Contender Class National Championships 2020
© Will Martineau
Top mark rounding - International Contender Class National Championships 2020
© Will Martineau
Josh Mortensen 2nd overall - International Contender Class National Championships 2020
© Will Martineau
Contender fleet race 10 start - International Contender Class National Championships 2020
© Will Martineau
46th GJW Direct Bloody Mary
© Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com
46th GJW Direct Bloody Mary
© Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com