The Contender is a high performance racing dinghy, light, fast, and spectacular. A single hander, where the helmsman controls the boat from the trapeze wire to balance the forces from the large sail. Its excellent performance in stronger winds and waves reflects its Australian origin. The Contender was designed as a potential successor to the Finn dinghy as a class for Olympic single handed racing. For the last 40 years, the Contender has been the only high performance single-handed dinghy that offers international racing in competitive fleets. Worldwide, about 2,400 boats have been built and sailed in 17 countries.
The Contender has been a recognised International Class by the International Sailing Federation since 1968. It has proven to be suitable for a wide variety of sailors, both male and female. The weight of successful sailors range from 55kg to 95kg (120lbs to 210lbs) and heights from 165cm to 200cm (5ft 4 to 6ft 4). Sailing a Contender requires a good deal of agility and athletic ability. The close racing during championships rewards outstanding boat handling as well as tactical skill. A race in a Contender is a combination of physical and mental challenge, with equal chances for the fittest youngsters and the more experienced sailors. Contender champions’ ages vary from 20 to 50 years. The developments of the boat have enabled the boat to be raced even in rough open sea conditions.
2018 Soho Lawyers Contender Australian Champs - Day One
Day One at the McCrae Yacht Club with the Contender's out in force for the Australian 2018 Nationals. Beebe looking ominous, leading overall, with plenty of competitors hot on his heels with the scorching weather arriving for Day Two and wind decreasing.
2018 Soho Lawyers Contender Australian Champs - Day Two
Second day at the Contender Aussie Nationals - perfect conditions for "Slip Slop Slap" and getting a tan - it looked like the wind also went to the beach too! Just one race and Mark Bulka picked up the bullet with Scotty Cunningham taking the overall lead.
2018 iSail Whitsundays Contender World Champs - Day One
Nip and tuck until the finish covering each other allowing the 2016 World Champion, local McCrea YC sailor, Mark Bulka to take the bullet. Jono Neate quietly sailing in clear air took second with Jason Beebe bringing up the rear in third.
2018 iSail Whitsundays Contender World Champs - Day Two
Jason Beebe, current World Champion, is dominating the competition and big start lines. Stretching his overall lead with 7th, 1st and 2nd giving him a four point difference from fellow Aussie, Scott Cunningham.
2018 iSail Whitsundays Contender World Champs - Day Three
It's official! It's a two horse race - everyone expected the duel between Bulka and Beebe - well they have it! Two points separating them after the discard came into play after Day Three of the Contender Worlds hosted by McCrae Yacht Club, Australia.
2018 iSail Whitsundays Contender World Champs - Final Day
The 'Grand Finale' between the two mighty Contenders - Mark Bulka and Jason Beebe. Two races were planned but light winds hampered the format so only one was held leaving Jason requiring at least five places to retain the title. Beebe came off the start line like a bullet but close behind shadowi...
A little gem outside Melbourne - welcome to McCrae Yacht Club. Passionate about off the beach racing with an immense pedigree of World, National and even America's Cup winners as members. Worth a visit and guaranteed warm Aussie welcome!