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The Contender is a single-handed one-design dinghy. This is a delicate racing machine. You will spend a lot of time out on the trapeze.
The boat was designed by Bob Miller in 1967 and was a break through in single-handed sailing at the time. There is still quite a bit of competitive sailing going on and a dedicated British Association. The Contender is governed by strict class rules to keep the racing competitive and this is a class of dinghy worth doing some homework on before you buy. Care needs to be taken when handling the boat out of the water.
The Contender feels rather strange to sail when you are not on the wire, due to the high floor of the cockpit. However it is a fun and fast dinghy which is light to handle and gives great single-handed performance. The competitive helm weight is 60-97kg.
History, Specifications and images of the Contender
Portsmouth Number 994 (What is the PN?)