What is a Contender?
The Contender is 4.87m (16 feet) long and the only truly International trapeze single hander, sailed and enjoyed by men and women of every age and ability. Sailing one is said to be challenging and a lot of fun. The helmsman uses a trapeze to balance the force of the wind.
Designed by Bob Miller the International Contender was selected in 1967 during trials, as a potential Olympic successor to the Finn dinghy. Awarded International status in 1968 it now has fleets in more than 12 countries throughout the world.
The International Contender class rules are regularly reviewed in order to prohibit the use of exotic materials or expensive equipment, this prevents escalating costs. The rules permit licensed and amateur builders to construct this boat.
Australian Contender Association
International Contender Class