International Contender Story
The International Contender was designed by Bob Miller (Ben Lexcen) and was selected
in 1967, during trials, as a potential Olympic successor to the Finn dinghy.
was awarded International status in 1968 and now has fleets in more than
throughout the world.
As of May, 2003, there are over 2300 Contenders built in various parts
of the world,
152 boats built in the last five years.
The Class Rules
The International Contender class rules are regularly reviewed in order
to prohibit the
use of exotic materials or expensive equipment. This prevents escalating
cost of sailing
"the Ultimate Singlehander".
In recent year the costs of spars from aluminium have been rising while
is decreasing, the cost of carbon fibre spars has been decreasing, therefore
has approved the use of carbon fibre masts and booms. Loose footed sails
are now permitted.
Class members have repeatedly refused to reduce the bare hull weight because
wish to preseve the market value of older hulls. Change the rig, protect
The rules permit licensed and amateur builders to construct this boat.
built successfully in all wood, composite glasfibre hull/ wood deck and
The International Contender has proven to be suitable for a wide variety
both male and female. The weight of successful sailors range from 55 kg
to 95 kg and
heights from 165 cm to 200 cm. Contender champions' ages vary from 20
to 50 years.
The developments of the boat have enabled the boat to be raced even in
Last updated Wednesday 28 June, 2006 by Gil Woolley