2012 Worlds site preview

Neil has been shooting a video of the worlds 2012 site. (notice the t-shirt Ethan is carrying, think how nice and warm it will be in april!)



Worlds 2012 Florida Accomedation information

(Information stolen from Stephanie Mah and Ethan Bixby)

The prime spot would be the actual regatta site, the TradeWinds Resort. 


But if you’d like a different approach
and cost level, here are some more ideas.


Search Craigs List for vacation rentals. http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/vac/
St. Pete Beach is the town that the TradeWinds Resort is, but you can look anywhere close by. If you are
renting a car anyway, as a measure of time it takes about 15 min to drive clear across to downtown St.
Petersburg, where the St. Petersburg Yacht Club is located.

A good system is by Vacation Rentals by Owner. A link to their site for St. Pete Beach is:

There are also options on the St. Petersburg YC web site that are closer to downtown:

I can also find homes with club members if you’d like to try that route, and have also accommodated sailors on
some boats at the downtown yacht club.

If you have questions, ideas or need advice, email Ethan at ethan.bixby@northsails.com

We've just located a five bedroom house (with 8 beds) that is available from April 14 to April 29, 2012. The grand total for the entire stay would be USD $4798 (for 8 competitors, that's $600 US per sailor, although they can take up to 16 people as several of the beds are queen-sized). More info is here: http://www.mountcastleproperties.com/id2.html. There's a kitchen, wi-fi internet, tv, etc.

The property is about 3 miles to the sailing site (a 20 minute bike ride) but it's also closer to the St. Pete Yacht Club:
Located here

I wouldn't wait too long to book since the USD isn't likely to get any weaker according to speculators (Andrea, any comments?). Rosemary Quinlan is the property manager - her email is: tradershaven@me.com and she's very responsive.

We'll send out more info on accommodations as we find it. Happy holidays!

Another option

Another really nice property is available. It's about a 30 min walk to the sailing area - with a 27 foot pool! This would be ideal for a couple of families or three couples who are looking to make the Worlds into a holiday as well (or you can make people sleep by/in the pool).

Check it our here

And yet another option

Another big house, about 2.5 m from the sailing centre (with a cheap mini cab service), with 5 bedrooms and a maximum of 10 sailors. The ad is here: http://www.vrbo.com/286072 with more info here:


It is available from April 16 to 30, and the total cost would be $4250 USD (with a $500 damage deposit refundable after two weeks). That would be about USD $425 per sailor!

If you are interested, contact Mark Sigmund msigmund@tampabay.rr.com.

If you have any concerns about any of these rentals and wiring lots of money to the states, Ethan has kindly offered to check into them first to make sure they are legitimate. (If you are booking via Hurley I wouldn't worry about it as I've booked with them before and they are fine.)

And yet an option

One more which would be ideal for sailors coming with families or anyone willing to split king sized beds/couches/etc. This one is $1575/ week + 12% FL tax with a $500 security deposit, refunded after departure.  The will give a slight discount for a two week booking and can also take a less than two week booking. The ad is here: http://www.vrbo.com/347453. Oh ya, this one is about 2.5-3 m from the sailing site.

Contact Adam Husseman (vinarentalhome@gmail.com) if you are interested (and again, if any concerns, check with Mr. Bixby first).

Worlds 2012 Florida Event information

Info regarding the upcoming 2012 worlds in beautiful and sunny Florida.

The event takes place in St. Petersburg, which is facing the Mexican gulf.

The USA Open Championship will take place from April 19-21

The World Championship will take place from April 22-28,

The event website site is http://www.spyc.org/Contender here you can find notice of race, online entry and all the other usual information you would expect.

Weymouth Contender Worlds Update


The 2011 Contender Pre Worlds and World Championship Notice of Race is now on line and on-line entry to the event is now open. Details of both can be found at:



Don't forget, a late entry fee kicks in on May 20th so why not get on and enter now to make sure you avoid it.


I am pleased to announce we have 2 more Sponsors on board for the event. They are Selden Masts(www.seldenmast.co.uk) and Segel Von Broen (www.segelvonbroen.com). More information on these companies has been (or will be shortly) added to the Worlds web site but in the mean time, why not visit these companies own web sites and see what they can offer you.

 We have also launched a Contender Worlds Prize Draw. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors we are able to offer the following prizes:


1st Prize: A voucher for a new Dacron sail courtesy of North Sails


2nd Prize: A trailing cover courtesy of Waveloft


3rd Prize: A SLAM winter jacket with event logo courtesy of Craftinsure.


Tickets are £5 each or £10 for three and the draw will take place at the Worlds prizegiving dinner on Friday 22 July 2011. Don't worry if you can't make the dinner, you can still win a prize. Proceeds from the draw will be ploughed back into the event to make what promises to be a great event even better. Tickets will be on sale at various UK opens, Kiel week and the Weymouth event itself so dig deep, support your class and buy yourself the chance of winning a great prize.

 I look foward to seeing you all at Weymouth


GBR 2484

New Trainig Videos online

Hi Everyone,

I am so happy to bring you the fantastic work of Marco Versari and the Italian Contender Association. Together they have put together a professional DVD training video.

Marco worked hard to train and was able to be second at the Contender Worlds in Kingston Canada in 2008. He has trained with Marcus, Andrea, Christoph and is now a professional sailing coach. He brings his skills to the video and helps learn how to sail the Contender, as well as how to rig and tune the Contender.

The video is available online on our website here:

It is also available on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClhjyzLgdX8 - this is the first one then you will see the rest on the right.

It is also available for download from ftp so you can burn your own copy. The dvd cover is also available there for download.


username - altconguest
password - WeL0veNe!l

Thank you again for the hard work making the video, and I hope you guys enjoy it.


Training video

Hi Everyone,
I am so happy to bring you the fantastic work of Marco Versari and the Italian Contender Association.  Together they have put together a professional DVD training video.
Marco worked hard to train and was able to be second at the Contender Worlds in Kingston Canada in 2008.  He has trained with Marcus, Andrea, Christoph and is now a professional sailing coach.  He brings his skills to the video and helps learn how to sail the Contender, as well as how to rig and tune the Contender.

The video is available online on our website here:


It is also available on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClhjyzLgdX8 - this is the first one then you will see the rest on the right.

It is also available for download from ftp so you can burn your own copy.  The dvd cover is also available there for download.

username - altconguest

password - WeL0veNe!l

Thank you again for the hard work making the video, and I hope you guys enjoy it.


Talking of La Rochelle and the Europeans

backeA great time was had by all (I think) superb afternoon thermal winds giving exciting racing for all in an interesting atlantic swell/ chop.

A big thanks to all the organisers, JFD  and FR especially of the Fench Association for putting a lot of time in and making it happen and an enormous thanks to Ron Duffield for coming over and measuring us all.

Thanks also to the team at SRR for running the event and of course thanks to all 92 competitors for making it the sailing event it was and of course the people who came 5th and got the special privilege of writing a report too, now there's something to aspire to!

Overall results were Andrea Bonezzi 1st, BB Johsen 2nd, Simon Mussell 3rd, Soren Andreasen 4th, Jan Von der Bank 5th.

first lady was Jaqueline Rufenacht

fist Junior was Tom Hooten

first master was Stuart Jones

and first Veteran was Emilio Betta

full results can be found here http://www.srr-sailing.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/co-id_46382_c.htm

don't forget to check out some of Neils video interviews on youtube, here's a couple of links



and if you'd like to read more,  race by race reports are in the French area of the forum

and fiinally see you all in Weymouth next year for more of the same!

La Rochelle special Video

Just today i got hold of this great video, showing Jan von der Bank in real Mode. See yourself

UK - Highcliffe Open

Having spent a lot of time over the last couple of visits to Highcliffe staring at a glassy flat calm and fiddling with boats bits that should otherwise be well left alone, the Contender fleet were itching to climb into their foul weather winter wear and face a cracking weekends forecast. The weekend of 1st and 2nd May didn’t disappoint.


The first race set off in an increasing force 3. A pattern was set for the weekend with Simon Mussell, built for a breeze, followed down the pumping reaches by current champ Graham Scott and with local Gary Langdown in 3rd. This group pulled away from the bunch to finish in that order with Keith Paul, rolling back the years finishing 4th.

The wind was up a touch for the 2nd with solid trapesing upwind and down. Again Mussell lead to the finish with Scott sniffing around his stern. Stuart Jones joined the cosy front four levering Langdown to 4th, his cause not helped with mast and sea meeting.

The 3rd race saw the wind decreasing a touch and becoming a bit patchy. Martin Jones took advantage of this, arriving at the windward mark with a good lead. The cosy group weren’t about to have someone spoil the fun however and Martin was slowly reeled in. At the finish the front four were slightly shuffled with Langdown taking the gun from Scott with Mussell down to 3rd. Stuart Jones then made up the usual group.


The evening was all banter and chilli, stoked up with a few brews and talk about how the forecast was lighter for Sunday. That’ll stop fattys gallop, he’s had a few too.


Forecasts are just that however, and it was a shifty force 4, straight off the cliffs as Mussell took the lead that morning. Jones followed at a distance and was pleased to get the lead when Mussell misjudged the layline, having to put in a couple of extra tacks. It stayed this way to the end, with Scott and Langdown a distance off the leading pair.

The wind then turbo charged up, catching out a few with their light weather settings. The start of the final race was problematic as the wind shifted wildly before settling. At the second attempt the fleet headed off into a stonking, gusty, sometimes up to 30 kts, patchy force 6. Scott noticed a huge shift out to sea to be over the horizon at the first mark. Mussell lead the rest, with Langdown, despite a dip tacking, in third. Jones completed the cosy group again, but boat handling was the thing and he was gone for good on the reach. Scott cruised round on his own to win in the wild conditions. Mussell held a meeting winning 2nd and Mr 100kg, Nick Noble, broke up the group pushing Langdown into 4th.

Simon showed again that blistering boadspeed and better than average handling pays dividends. He thanked ex-contenderer Paul Walker for his improved race officering, a pointed barb at last years Nationals result that has rumbled on at the Highcliffe bar ever since. Does Paul care, I think not…….


HSC Contender Open 1st/2nd May 2010


Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Entries: 28, Scoring system: Appendix A














Highcliffe SC

Simon Mussell











Graham Scott










Highcliffe SC

Gary Langdown










Datchet Water SC

Stuart Jones

(29.0 DNC)









Castle Cove SC

Nick Grace











Ed Presley










Chew Valley Lake SC

Nick Noble











David Davies










Weston SC

Mike Murley











Carl Tagoe










Weston SC

Keith Paul





(29.0 DNC)





Wilsonian SC

Martin Jones










Thorpe Bay SC

Chris Boshier










Eastbourne Sovereign SC

Peter Dives





(29.0 DNC)





Datchet Water SC

R Gates





(29.0 DNC)





Mengham Rythe SC

Daniel Taylor










Burton SC

Bill Hooton





(29.0 DNC)





Weston SC

Stuart Hudson





(29.0 DNC)





Lancing SC

Jerry Hone





(29.0 DNC)





Gurnard SC

Mark Robinson





(29.0 DNC)





Downs SC

Tony Cook




(29.0 DNF)

29.0 DNC





Lymington SC

David Gautier





(29.0 DNC)





Burton SC

Thomas Hooton





(29.0 DNC)





Pevensey Bay SC

Tim Humphries










King George SC

Rodger White





(29.0 DNC)





Great Yarmouth & Gorleston SC

Ben Falat



(29.0 DNC)

29.0 DNC

29.0 DNC






Alan Mollatt




(29.0 DNF)

29.0 DNC





Trearddur Bay SC

Ian Brooks


(29.0 DNC)

29.0 DNC

29.0 DNC

29.0 DNC



2010 Victorian Contender Championships

Last weekend the titles were held at Mornington Yacht Club, 10 Contenders fought it out in light winds under clear skys. Jono was the clear winner with 4 bullets followed by Dan Kohlman in 2nd and David Leask (NSW) took 3rd place while Jon Newman took out 4th place.

Special thanks to Wichard who donated Wichard Multitools for trophies and Mornington YC who were able to fit us in at late notice. The race officer did a fantastic job of running the event, and managed to hold 4 races, 1 on Saturday and 3 on the Sunday morning. 

Matt Kee rocked up with Hosie's old boat. Andrew Butler came over from Geelong sailing Dubbo's old boat and Pat Moore a young fella from Somers SC attended his first states in Chris Chambers old boat. The NSW guys, Brett, David and Peter Murphy made the trip down from NSW although on the water Brett and David were rarely separated by more than a boat length, makes you wonder why they travelled a thousand km to sail against one another? 

The 2012 Nationals will be held in Victoria, at this stage Mc Crae Yacht Club,  Somers Yacht Club and Geelong have been put forward as a possible venues. 

Italian Anniversary Regatta - Notice of Race


Notice of Race is given for the Contender 40th Anniversary regatta to be held 19-20 September in Italy.  In addition to the information below, you can download a PDF which contains full and further information in English and Italian. 
Download the file here:  Notice of Race

News from Australia

2010 Contender Worlds, Another day in Paradise

timOriginally designed as a future single handed Olympic dinghy by the young Queenslander in 1966, when he was still known as Bob Miller, the Contender dinghy is celebrating its 40th World Championship in its Queensland design birth place.

Chris Sutherland, Contender Class President says ‘This Worlds is a landmark event for the Contenders. We designed them, we build them and we win in them. Four Australians have won the Worlds on a total of nine occasions.'

Over 60 boats from Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Denmark and France are in Brisbane to compete for the championship.  The Australian Champs took place 3rd to 6th January 2010 and the Worlds are from 7th to 12th January 2010.

You can read the daily blog at http://www.contenderworlds2010.com/latest-news

Interviews with the female sailors

We interviewed the women sailors to see what they thought of the Worlds - up from 2 women last year to 9 registered this year.
Direct link to YouTube video

The Worlds in pictures

Here are a few links to photographs taken during the Worlds in Denmark.  Click photo for link.

 This photo and more by Stefan Schafft.
 This photo and more by Stefan Schafft.
This photo and more by Ann Seidel.

More links?  email them to Nikky - contender@pageandpixel.co.uk

Interview with our new World Champ

Photo by Michael LangerSo, the 2009 Worlds are now over. Click on the file for results!  pdf WorldsResults2009

1st Andrea Bonezzi (ITA 11)
2nd Jono Neate (AUS 2)
3rd Jacob Lunding (DEN 2418) 

Andrea Bonezzi was our 2009 champion - congratulations to him!  Click below to listen to his take on the championships.   Direct link to YouTube video 


And in second place

Jono Neate (AUS 2) talks about how his competitions went   Direct link to YouTube video

Taking the bronze position

Danish Jacob Lunding (DEN 2418) won 3rd place overall.  Listen to his story.  Direct link to YouTube video

Soren's turn to be interviewed

Today it was Soren's turn to be interviewed at the Worlds

Postponements and seeding

Day 3 (Wednesday) of the Contender Worlds, the final day of seeding to determine who would be in the gold and silver fleets, opened with overcast skies and not much wind (4 – 5 knots). Racing was postponed for an hour, and then race one took place in around 6 knots. Bjarke Johnson  and Soren Andreasen scored bullets in their respective fleets. The wind began to build for the second race, and in decent chop and 14 knots, 2008 European champ Giovanni Bonzio scored a bullet.

The rumours around Sonderborg Yacht Club were that Day 4 (Thursday) of the Worlds would have a lot of wind, and the rumours turned out to be true. At 9:30am, the anemometer at the club already read 8 metres per second (which is roughly 16 knots). By 10:30, half an hour before racing was to start for the gold fleet, the wind meter was ready about 13 m/s steady with 15 m/s gusts – and a helpful “hold onto your hats” was running underneath the wind readings. Even the Aussies looked a bit hesitant. Several sailors had already departed for the racecourse, which resulted in some impressive capsizes (one contender did a backflip going upwind when the wind caught its bow at the peak of a wave and flipped it backwards), and unfortunately Ann Siedel, one of nine women racing, snapped her carbon mast on the way out.  The decision was made to wait until 4pm to determine if any racing would happen for the day.

A day of good fun racing for the Blue Fleet

Day 2 (Tuesday) for the Blue Fleet dawned with the wind around 14-18 knots (around west). The wind increased a bit from 3rd to 4th race.  Simon (GBR-2420) was first around 1st mark, after him, Matt, Christoph, Jan and Jacob. We were trapezing on the reaches. 2nd upwind, the wind was the same and the direction changed just as much as earlier races. Simon was first and Jacob second around the top mark. Simon was fast on the running and increased the distance to those behind him. On the last upwind Simon stayed in front all the way to the finish line, Christoph 2nd , Matt 3rd , Jörg 4th , Jacob 5th .

The 5th race started in a fair 8 knot south easterly. The race committee did a good job keeping the fleet postponed until a steady wind had settled in. The start saw Simon and Matt from GB and Chris Sutherland from AUS commit left and lead at the first mark.  Andrea and Soren also had good starts, however the first reach revealed one of Andrea's weaknesses (reaching in light wind).  The final lap was really exciting with close racing between the top 5. At the end Soren sailed the best with only 15 seconds seperating 1st and 5th. All in all good fun racing in Blue Fleet.

Jono Neate

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Interview with Jens in Sonderborg

Jens was interviewed regarding his first few races at the Worlds

Classic races at the Danish Worlds - Day 2, Yellow Fleet

Yellow fleet race 1 was a classic race between Graham Scott from UK  and Andrea Bonnezi from Italy. Graham won, 3rd and 4th were Jens and Australian Jono Neate. The other interest in the race was a number of boats missed the course change and the resluts will change this evening as its sorted out.

Race 2 was another classic, Jens and Andrea headed left from the start, with Joachim Harprect doing well in the middle, Ben Holden (UK) and Chris Sutherland (AUS) were pushed right and went hard to that side, as the fleet merged Jens, and Andrea were ahead.  The reaches changed nothing but the leading 10 were close at the bottom, Chris Peile, Chris Sutherland and Ben Holden headed left, and did well up the work. The run changed nothing but the fleet bunched and 8 boats rounded together.  Ben Holden and Chris Peile again headed hard left and Ben won the race, Andrea 2nd and Chris Peile 3rd.

The yellow fleet got away first time for race 3 in a building breeze of approx 12-14 knots, shortly after the start a large left shift favoured the boats on the left side of the beat. Bonnezi got it correct and led round the mark from Scott and Holden. These positions remained down the reaches. The race committee changed the position of the windward mark which caused confusion amongst some of the fleet including Holden. At the time of writing there are approx 30 protests from the race committee pending aginst boats that sailed the wrong course. At the top of the beat although going quicker Bonnezi misjudged the layline and allowed Scott to close followed by Neate, Langdorf and an improving Langdown. Scott passed Bonezi on the run and held on to take victory with Bonnezi second followed by Langdorf, Neate and Langdown.

Chris Sutherland AUS 2443

Strong winds for Blue Fleet's 3rd race

German Sailor Kay Rethmeier writes: At the start I decided to start at the vessel with nobody behind me. I went to the right side. After a tack I was able to observe the drama with the second yellow mark, where „Backe“ (Jan von der Bank) was sailing to.  But Sören crossed my way and I was sure to take the orange one.

The next downwind course didn’t change a lot except Dirk Müller was taking a bath J. I guess I was something about 10th. The next upwind course I decided to go to the right side again, nearly alone. By this I got 2-3 boats. The wind was changing a bit between a lot and plenty of wind. With a flat sail and a bit loose in the sheet I was flying the new mark 1. The downwind didn’t change a lot.

The last upwind course I took the left side up the half, and right through the middle. I reached the finish from the left side, where Sören won the race and was waiting.


Kay Rethmeier GER 539

Andrea Bonezzi Interview

Andrea Bonezzi and his point of view of the first Races. Interview was taken by Neil Smith. See the original Vid on Youtube channel

Day 2 Yellow fleet

It was a perfect day for Contenders in Sonderborg the wind was from 14 to 18 knots

Yellow fleet race one was a classic race between Graham Scott from UK  and Andrea Bonnezi from Italy. Graham won, 3rd and 4th were Jens and Jono Neate. The other interest in the race was a number of boats missed the course change and the resluts will change this evening as its sorted out.

Race 2 was another classic, Jens and Andrea headed left from the start, with Joachim Harprect doing well in the middle, Ben Holden UK and Chris Sutherland AUS were pushed right and went hard to that side, as the fleet merged Jens, and Andrea were ahead.  The reaches cchanged nothing but the leading 10 were close at the bottom, Chris Peile, Chris Sutherland and Ben Holden headed left, and did well up the work. The run changed nothing but the fleet bunched and 8 boats rounded together.  Ben Holden and Chris Peile again headed hard left and Ben won the race, Andrea 2nd and Chris Peile 3rd.

Chris Sutherland AUS 2443

Blue Fleet biased start to Danish Worlds

Day 1 of the World Championships finally dawned in Sonderborg, Denmark.  The 100+ competitors were divided into Yellow and Blue fleets following qualifying races.

The start line for the Blue fleet was slightly biased to starboard, with a clean first start in 10-12knts of breeze. Andrea Bonezzi made the most of the first leg, tacking over to starboard early, using the right hand side of the course and shift to the right and showing strong speed to get him first around the top mark. The group that went middle-left off the start didn't fair as well with the wind shifts, with the best placed of those that went left being Chris Peile in 7th position around the top mark.

The Big Blu Boat Show 2009

bigblu2009-bassa1-200.jpgThanks to the Italian Sailing Federation (F.I.V), the Italian Contender Association (ICAI) was able to display a fully rigged contender at the 'Big Blu', the latest Nautical Expo held in Rome between the 26th February and 3rd March. 

The boat was borrowed from Mario Mambro, a contender sailor with 30 years' experience. The boat, a beautiful fibreglass Nordest built in Italy, was rigged with Avantgarde carbon sticks and the new Elvstrøm laminated sail just tuned by the 2008 European Champion Giovanni Bonzio.

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Danish Boat Show 2009

The 2009 Danish Boat Show was hosted by the town of Fredericia.  It was held over two weekends, the last weekend in February and first weekend in March. Despite the gloomy economic climate, the exhibition was very crowded, with many more visitors than anyone had dared hope; more than 37,000 visitors spread over 6 days.


The Danish Contender Association was represented at the exhibition in the form of a fully rigged dinghy kindly lent by the Danish President (a 1 year old Schappi boat with wooden deck). Our stand was situated in an extra exhibition tent, where we and other dinghy classes were present, including showcases from the Hobi, Moth and 29er. We were next to the Danish Olympic Gold 49er which also drew an extra crowd. We made sure that they didn’t steal our boat on the final day!

Welcome to the Worlds ? 2009!

This year’s World Championships will take place in Sønderborg, Denmark, from the 25th -31st July, with registration starting on the 24th,and the first race on the 27th.  A colourful new website has been created to help you find out all you need to know, and more importantly, enter!  This promises to be a great event, so, go now to the 2009 Worlds website at www.contenderworlds2009.dk

Get set for the 2009 Worlds!


    Online entry, city info, accomendation info and all the other information that you need is now online.

    The notice of race still needs a few minor changes, but should be up there shortly.

    Dates are still July 25 to 31.

    Accomendation information. There are two options.

    Option 1 (Andrea style) stay on the grass(tent) or the harbors parking(caravan/ motorhome) , use the harbor's facilities(showers/ toilets), this cost you 20 euro for the week(this cover electricity and cleaning etc). They hosted more than 200 caravans at a youth regatta last year, so there is space enough!

    Option 2, right behind the harbor there is an real campsite with space for caravans, tents and mobilehomes, they also have small houses/cabins for rent. There is a kids playground and everything else you find in normal campsite, there is a 20% discount on the tent/caravan/ mobilehome space rental fee, remember to mention the contenderworlds during your registration.
    (I don't believe the 20% applys for the rent of the small houses/cabins but ask) There is much more information off the campsite on www.contenderworlds 2009.dk and also information around youth hostels and hotels.

    If we get the first 50 entries in within the next 2 weeks then the Danish contender class will sponsor free beer to everybody after the saturday measurements.

2009 Florida Midwinters

Most of the class members live in places where Contender fleets are strong and also close by.  Within North America, we have neither.  The class here is very small, but due to the efforts of Gil Woolley, Neil Smith, and a few other committed members, it is growing and gaining traction and exposure.  But wow, some of these guys drove for days to get here.  Let’s see, Gil probably drove 60 hours each way, Mike 21 hours, and the Canadians drove 24 hours.  Either they are desperate to get out of the cold Canadian winter, or as I prefer to think in my blind optimism, they are committed to the growth of the class in this continent.  And it is finally happening.  This is our second Florida midwinters, and for most of you eight boats is a very small fleet.  And it is.

2008/09 Australian Championships

Jono Neate is the only name that you need to know from the 2009 Australian Nationals, sailed from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Perth.  The short story for 2009 is that there was a sea breeze every day, and Jono won 9 out of 10 races.

The longer version is the regatta started 2nd January. RFBYC is a fantastic facility, plenty of grass for rigging, nice beach, and we raced on Melville water which is the wide river that flows through Perth - very flat water, minimal land influence, but a left hand track.  Each day the afternoon races had a good sea breeze building. It ranged from 12 knots with holes on day 1 to 22 plus on the last day.  We were always flat out and low on trapeze and the reaches were tight enough to mean that we were on the wire down the reaches also mostly flat out.
Jono Neate, the eventual winner

Fact Sheet

If you want to know why the top 10 Contenders at the 2008 Worlds were so fast, take a look at the boat data below.

pdf worlds_2008_boat_data

Marcus Hamilton wins the 2008 Velocitek Contender World Champions

It is windy this morning so we are hoping for a decent day

Day 3 Marco and Ethan are doing well

Light winds on day 2 at the Velocitek Contender Worlds

visit Velocitek.com
Light winds today meant only one race was sailed on the Foxtrot course.
The fleet eventually got away in light winds with the wind shifting at times up to 90 degrees. A busy start line saw a couple of sailors get OCSs on the score sheet.Christoph Homeier, Christoph Engel, Ethan Bixby and Marco Versari led at the top mark with Marcus Hamilton the defending World Champion back in 9th place with Soren Andreasen from Denmark behind him. On the second windward leg with the wind shifting as much as the first Marcus used his lotto ticket to choose which way to go and came round the top mark in 2nd position which he held onto down the run to the finish with Max Billerbeck in 3rd and Soren in 4th. Oliver Brandt was first over the finish line but was unfortunately one of the boats over at the start along with Soren giving Marcus the win. Christoph Homeier leads the series at the end of day 2 after putting a 4th in today.So it’s all to play for as we wait for day 3 of the 2008 World Championships! 

Duncan Ellis

Worlds Day 2: Light Winds. Interview with Marcus

Video - shot in beautiful Fort Henry - the gang went in a school bus had a bunch of fun.


Worlds Day 1: Interview with Sören Andreasen

Video from the 2008 Open Canadian Championships

Worlds Day 1

Today the first day of the 2008 Worlds the fleet was ready after measuring in and sailing the Canadian Nationals for two days in the nice South Westerly’s that make Kingston famous.
The fleet at this event consists of members from 8 nations with ages ranging from 20 to the early 70s.  Can you imagine jumping under a Contender boom at 70+ years of age.  Gil Woolley is an amazing athlete.
We are sailing out on the Foxtrot course and several competitors can’t resist taking shortcuts through the rocks by Snake Island – some great damage of rudders and centreboards continue.  More to come I am sure.
Race 1
The forecast for today was wind for the North.  This makes for a crapshoot with the wind moving easily 30 degrees and varying pressure from around 5-12 knots throughout the course.  We started right on time at 12:30 about half the fleet went left and the wind made its first of many shifts to the left.   Some sailors including Christoph Homeier and Soren Andreasen who had both been on the right hand side tacked over and were above most of the fleet.  Marcus Hamilton (current world champ) and a few others were just 5 seconds late in the shift and were quickly left behind.  The right hand side of the course had less wind and was not able to make up the ground.

Registration reminder

Hi all:
Just a reminder to register for the Worlds before July 15 to get the cheaper rate (go to: http://cork.org/reg_contender.html). Also, I've just posted a great little write up about the course we'll be racing on, courtesy of John Curtis, an Olympic sailor who is very familiar with the area. See here: http://contenderworlds2008.blogspot.com/2008/07/foxtrot-course-local-knowledge.html.

Videos summary Europeans 2008


Videos about sailing a contender can be found at video.google.com or at youtube.com. Several Contender helmsmen upload their videos to the google or youtube Servers to make them available for public viewing. You can do the same if you'd like to share your movies with the contender world.

Most of the videos are homebrewed stuff. There are a few professionally taken films. The most famous one is about the World Championship, held at Lake Garda 2004. Its about 60 min long and worth every minute. If you don´t know much about this beautiful Contender dinghy this will convert you!

http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=contender+sailing will give you best results on video.google.com

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=contender+sailing&search_type=&aq=f on youtube.com

You can choose a direct link to a movie. Just click the thumbnail below to open the first movie. You can scroll through to the others. Each video plays in a new window.

 World Championship 2004 Lake Garda

Report for the 2008 International Contender European Championships

The 2008 International Contender European Championships took place at Punta Alta , Tuscany in Italy from the 31st May through to the 7th June.

The regatta was held at the PuntAla Camping Resort who catered for the 92 competitors from all over the euro1.jpgworld including Australia , Austria , Canada , Denmark , Germany , Holland , Italy , Spain , Switzerland and the UK .

With measurement over, the practise race was held on the Monday to acclimatize the sailors and the race team to the championship ahead.

Because of the size of the fleet, the competitors were split into 4 groups who all sailed against each other in the initial qualifying rounds of the regatta.

Some euro Impressions

And the Winner is...

Congratulations to the new European Contender Champion Giovanni Bonzio.
More Infos will follow soon.
Here are the final Results.

pdf eur2008cl

Summary Day 4

A light and fluky day.  The first race was abandoned after 4.5 legs when the wind shifted and died.  After a spell ashore the race was restarted later in the afternoon.  Gernt Guertz was first around the windward mark with the seaward side of the beat paying off well.  The race was shortened at the leeward mark at the end of the second round.
1st Martin Muerner
2nd Gernt Guertz
3rd Marcus Hamilton
4th Stuart Jones
5th Giovanni Bonzio
6th Roger Gates

Overall results to follow but Marcus is now in First followed closely by Andrea.

Neil Smith

Italy Day 3

The Chairman reports:

Day 3 Race 1 Blue - Green

1.    Christoph Homeier
2.    Matt Aston
3.    Graham Scott
4.    Joachim H
5.    Gary Langdown

The race started in a solid trapezing force 3 which dwindled during the race. The left side of the course was favoured and it was from here that the leaders emerged. Christoph Homeier led from the first mark and was never caught. Richard Batten arrived here second only to find that his start was a few yards too early. Matt Aston followed up his win of the previous day to consolidate with a second. With the fleet too timid to try the right of the beat the race became a boat speed procession the left with a minimum of place changing until the nip, tuck and shouting of the finish area.

Day 3 Race 1 Yellow-Red

The weather forecast for Race 5 was a 5-8 kt southwesterly. ...

Results Day 2

See full Detailed Result List from Italy Day 2.

pdf ec 2008 day 2

Race Report from Andrea Bonezzi

Here is my report of race 1 day2
This was the first race of day2, at the start the wind was light just above 5 knots, we had 2 general recall before a clear start with the black flag, the start line like all start in day2 was in favour of boats starting at pin end, also the left side of the course was in favour and at top mark those guys were leading, I wasn't in a great position of around 15th place, Giovanni Bonzio was second and soon first during the first reach. The Jury started to flag few boats for breaking the pumping rule, in the top of the fleet only Dirk Lafleur was "done".
In the 2nd upwind the wind peaked ...

Results Day 1

See full Results from Day 1 in Italy.

pdf ec2008_day_1

Europeans Day 1

Here are Race reports for three of the races (still waiting for the fourth Roberto) and current results.

Race 1 – Red/Green
Race 1 for Red and Green fleet got underway in 15 knots of breeze with a cleat start 1st time.  Andrea Bonezzi stamped his authority on the race early and led from beginning to end pulling out a commanding lead by the finish.  Behind him Homeier, Holden, Langdown, Jones and Aston had a tight battle for the remaining positions.  Eventually Homeier’s superior downwind speed told the story as he took 2nd.  Holden finished 3rd and Aston got a lucky shift up the last beat to sneak 4th from Landown.

1st Bonezzi
2nd Homeier
3rd Holden
4th Aston
5th Langdown

Notice of Race


News from North Sails

North Sails update...

North Sails is looking forward to 2008, another year of ongoing involvement in the Contender Class. The North CM-3 model is going strong, and for 2008 we will be moving onto a new cloth style.

Following two seasons of hard use in the proving grounds of classes like the Finn and 505’s, from 2008 we will be using a laminate cloth with Technora fibres to carry the loads.

The fibres are black in appearance, rather than the golden yellow of the Kevlar fibres used previously. They have plenty in common though, with good longevity and a high modulus to retain the designed racing shape as long as possible. Our experience suggests the cloth is slightly more supple to the touch, the films stay visually clearer for longer and the fibres are fractionally less prone to UV degradation than the Kevlar fibres.

With this change in fabric we have taken the opportunity to update the panel layout of the sail.

The cut now has vertical radial panels in the tack area, specifically to manage the cunningham loads even more effectively. The clew patch layout is also modified, and a panel along the foot (which sees relatively low loads) is cut partially from sailcloth with less fibre passes, for increased visibility on the race course.

The World Championships are being held in Canada this year, and North Sails’ Ethan Bixby will be in attendance. In his new boat he’s looking forward to a great regatta.

Wishing you all the best for your racing in 2008.


Kind regards

Joel McDonald

© www.progressivetechnology.co.uk

Notice of Race European Championships 2008

Hi,I’d like to remember you that March, 31st is the deadline for the entry to the
Europeans without additional charges.
You only need to send your name and sail number to marialuisa.cionini@campingpuntala.it or by fax at 00390564920379. The entry fee can be paid at the sailing club when you’ll arrive in Punta Ala from May 31st to June 2nd following the schedule of the Sailing Club Secretariat. Pls. read the NoR as pdf below, or visit the event website:
 It’ll be updated soon with news and an entry list.
Also remember to remind this note to your sailing friends that don’t use the Internet. Do not hesitate to write to marialuisa.cionini@campingpuntala.it for more Informations. See you in TuscanyRoberto
pdf Notice of Race European Championships 2008

Container to Canada

Attention All UK Contender Sailors
We are in the process of finalising the details for sending a UK container to the worlds in Canada this summer. This promises to be a great event and from what I can make out, Canada is a fantastic place to visit as well. The Canadians sure get 10/10 for effort so far and I know they will make all visitors very welcome.
If you are keen to go (or just interested and want a bit more info) please make yourself known to either Tony White ( anton_blanc@hotmail.com ) or myself (nick.grace@virgin.net) ASAP.
Hope to see loads of you at the Dinghy Show this weekend.
BCA Chairman
GBR 700

European Championship 2008 - Tuscany (Italy)

European Championship 2008

2008 Worlds Blog


Find out the latest information about the 2008 World Championships in Kingston, Canada at the following blog:


Warning - attempts at humour are embedded in the site.


2008 Australian and Open International Contender Championships


Below is a short report on the 2008 Australian Championships Brisbane that finished on Sunday the 6th of January. 

Tim Hill won from Marcus Hamilton. 

The weather pattern was very unusual in that there was an intense low that affected the whole regatta.

Days 1 and 2 were blown out with too much wind. 

Day 3 was 4 races all in 22k plus, one very gust came through the fleet well above 30k in race 3. 

Photo credits: "Tim Hill" - Scott McInerney, "Day 3" - Yle Mareliati, "Top Five" - Ian Kirkwood


Danish Nationals 2007

Danish Nationals 2007 was held in Hellerup Sailing club located just north of Copenhagen. 15 Danish sailors participated together with 1 Finnish, 1 Swedish and 2 German sailors. The regatta was together with the 49'ers which also had there nationals.



Results  http://hs.diskos.dk/side2.asp?kat=25&artikelid=592&a= 

Sailcare during Wintertime

northsailcare.jpegIn northern Europe with its hundreds of Contenders, Wintertime is not far away. Most of you, we think, do warm their feet indoor at the stove and got a hot drink. Some fearless Champions will held there Traning also in temperatures below zero, but most Contenders are stored away for next season. But what about your Sails. These precious Artworks from Skillfull craftmanship.

How do you treat them before storing? Contenderclass.org was interessted in and got hold of an Expert. Joel McDonald from North Sails UK gave us a closer view to this topic. If you follow him, he says, your sails will last longer, and give you an advantage to the guys who leave them in the dingiyard while snow falls.

News to the Worlds 2008

We will be sailing out of Kingston Canada for the Worlds in 2008.
We will be on the Foxtrot course to allow for the biggest seas and most wind!
Winds are normally from the SouthWest and around the 15 knot range with the thermal, wave height 1m.
Here is a Youtube link to the area we will be sailing near, we will be further out the lake to the right. 
See you there.
Regatta Aera out of Kingston

Info about Chris Sommer Contenders( under construction)


About the team 
Chris Somner:
"I started boat building in 1998, working for Bob Hoare Ltd, building Contenders and Poole AB’s whilst undertaking a City and guilds in Yacht and Boat building which I completed in 2003. I then left Bob Hoare Ltd and joined Latham’s Boatyard repairing wooden yachts and involved in running the office until April 2006 when I set up my own business building and repairing dinghies and small yachts. "

Hull Type : Wood or Composite
aprox. Hull Price: 1500€
special : catlike wave behabior


Vote for your favorite Contender Picture

 As announced via yahoo Groups, Neil suggested a poll to get the most favorite Contender Picture overall. In Our Gallery ( http://contenderclass.org/copper/thumbnails.php?album=20 ) you can Vote for an uploaded Photo, or easily upload a picture that you think its a favorite one.


Jono Neate still good underway

A Brief interview from Andrea B. with Jono Neate about his Contendersailing. Somebody said he sreams and yells on the course. Really new in Contendersailing. Maybe thats the miracle.. But see yourself.


Interviews about Chances

Where the top Contender helmsmen expect to Endup at the Worlds. See their Statements about own chances to win this years title.
Some of them are looking forward to the next years Games in Canada. 
By the way, thats the place where the new Chairman comes from. Our former Camera man Neil Smith took his chance to get rid of  the job filming other people waiting for Contenderboats. 
Thanks so far for your great Job Neil. We all hope you will continue your good style as   Chairman of the Intenational Contenderclass. 

 soeren_withdog  marcus janvdb 
 Soeren Andreasen  Marcus Hamilton  Jan von der Bank

Current Leader Bonezzi about Dutch Sandwiches

Our man at Medemblik got an short Interview with the Current Leader of the Gold Fleet ´Italien Stalion´ Andrea Bonezzi. Countless Winner of World titles talks to Soeren . Watch out for his Shirt. Roumors say he will imigrate to the Neatherlands, cause Sandwiches were better than Pizza.

See his Interview

Detailed Result List

Full Result List is now availible for Donwload

pdf Results after pre Finale Races 19/07/2007,16:57 28.00 Kb

Final Fleets had been build

The Qualification races are now over and the fleet has been split into a Gold and Silver fleet,
The gold fleet is lead by ITA-11 Andrea Bonezzi and AUS-2323 Marcus Hamilton with equal points, on third place is DEN-44 Soren Andreasen, 4th place is GBR-701 Stuart Jones and 5th is AUS-288 Tim Hill. There are 4 races scheduled in the final series. At the current moment the race is postponed but in the last 30 minutes a easterly breeze has been building up and the fleet will most likely be sent out at 1300 hours.

Jono Neate. Who is this guy ?

Actually placed third, Jono Neate seems to be the newcommer of the Worlds. I for myself never heard of him,  so I  was investigating his story. Therefore i kindly asked Chris Beile from the Aussie Webmagazine www.boatingoz.com.au/. He published a short Artikel there about the successfull Aussies at the Dutch open, where Jono finished at  8.

New to the Worlds

Not only the Australien  Jonno, respectible 3td after the first 2 Races, is new to a Contender World Championchip. Also there are 2 new Guys from Canada, taking part in this years main Event. As they report to their class Member Neil Smith, they are very impressed by the huge count of Competitors on the Water. But see for yourself....

Neil Smith doing an Interview with his Canadian Fellows

First Day Results

Results contender

1 GBR 701 Stuart Jones 4,0 3 1
2 AUS 2323 Marcus Hamilton 4,0 1 3
3 AUS 2 Jono Neate 4,0 2 2
4 ITA 11 Andrea Bonezzi 6,0 1 5
5 NED 213 Frank Havik 7,0 6 1
6 DEN 44 Soren Andreasen 7,0 3 4
7 GBR 685 Neil Wilson 11,0 4 7
8 GBR 2373 Gary Langdown 12,0 7 5
9 GBR 713 John Browett 14,0 12 2
10 GER 544 Jan von der Bank 14,0 5 9
11 GER 488 Max Billerbeck 15,0 12 3
12 GBR 702 Matt Aston 17,0 6 11
13 GBR 2409 Richard Gimmler 17,0 9 8
14 AUS 288 Tim Hill 18,0 5 13
15 GBR 2318 Tim Holden 18,0 10 8

full List click Read more

Weather forecast Medemblik

Contender Worlds TV on AIR

The Contenderclass  is proud, to be the first International Class, that provides nearly realtime News from the current World Championchips via its Website. The Videos are taken by Chairman Sören himself and a bunch of voluteers. 
This years World, at the famous venue in Medemblik Ijsselmeer, attracted more than 145 Contenderhelmsmen. Among these Heros are Sören our Chairman and Christopf Homeier, Europes currents Champion. See what they say....
Stay tuned for more.

 Interview Christoph  Interview Soeren


Contender World at Medemblik

More then 150 Contender sailors from 3 continents and 11 countries are about to sail there Worlds from the International Regatta Centre in Medemblik in the Netherlands. Six time world champion Andrea Bonezzi from Italy expects a lot of competition. Especially from Marcus Hamilton from Australia and reigning European Champion Cristoph Homeijer from Germany.


See first Pictures from Dutch open

You can see first pictures from the pre Worlds Races at Workum Ijsselmeer.
Have a look to the Gallery.

Dutch open 2007 @ gallery


New Poster

As our Chairman Soeren 
announced via mailgroup, heres the preview of the new poster.
 There will be 5000 copies, that will be distributed to the world. At
Medemblick you can get your personal copie from Soeren directly.
If you are not attending the worlds, but want to have this Poster in
Original quality, just download the extra high resolution pdf version
and visit your local copy shop.

World Title gone ?


  photograper: Per Heegaard

The boat belongs to Christoph Homeier, the current
 European champion. The boat is from last year.
We were racing on a course together with Europe's and Laser.
 The laser guy that hit Christoph was a beginner, he(on port) 
tried to go behind Christoph(on starboard) but his main
sheet got stuck in the process.
There was a loud bang when he hit him. After that there
was some more noises, most of them coming out off
Christoph's mouth. It happened just before the Finishing line,
at the time Christoph was 2nd, 10-15 boats length behind me.
 Karsten Kraus was 3rd about 50-60 boats length behind us.
The boat should be completely repaired tomorrow, its
Karsten Kraus who is fixing it. Some times after the worlds
Karsten will redo the fix with some new wood from Vito. Since
 the boat is quite new and Karsten is an excellent boat builder
I don't expect that anyone can see the repair afterwards.
Gil, take a look at GER-395 next time you are around, its has
had a even bigger hole and you cant see any damage on it.
(also Karsten repaired that one)
Best regards

The Bonezzi was safed by some Race Comitte Boats.
Good to have 100KG postive bouyance...

kredit photograper: Per Heegaard


As you can see below, good craftmanshit can do a lot. The repair was done by Karsten Kraus from Schwedeneck. He is a Master of his profession.
The repair will be completed after the worlds with original wood from Vito Bonezzi.

p6220050   p6220044

Worlds Online Registration

Hi Contendersailors,

The registration for the Dutch Nationals is open, don't hesitate, it will a great event.

Just as important, you can register on line for the worlds in Medemblik. If you do so, you will save Euro 50,- you can buy a lot of those tiny glasses of beer they serve over here.
Especially our German friends and the Dutchies seem to wait for the fee to rise, which is very sympa to our treasurer but otherwise not recommended. So get up and click: www.contenderzeilen.nl, or www.ryc-hollandia.org

Bart Thorborg

Dutch Contender Association

Contender NED 212 Loctudeal

Kiel Week

Please notice that last entry day for Kieler Woche (Kiel-week) is may 29th
(else there is a 50% fee on top)
You can enter and pay online at
Best regards

Applying Progrip ( Gil)


Applying Pro-Grip is best done with at least 4 hands. That suggests
a significant other, wife, fellow sailor or intelligent child as a helper.

Most of the pieces that you are putting down are roughly rectangular.
Three hands hold their corners up and the fourth smart hand is carefully
putting down the first corner.

In addition to avoiding moisture, avoid applying Pro-Grip in any breeze
at all. The stuff just loves to whip around and stick to itself. You can
never separate it again after it has stuck to itself.

Clean tin cans are handy and removable weights to help hold the
sheet of Pro-Grip down while you wait 15 minutes or more for the
glue to dry enough to be ready to apply. You can wait a bit longer
until any wet spots in the glue have lost their gloss indicating that
they are dry.

Do not count too heavily on the pieces remaining the same size
after you have applied the glue. Ian Renilson told me that the
pieces become larger with the glue on them. My own experience
says that they return to about the original size. Your mileage
may vary.

Wrap the Pro-Grip that is along the rail right around and to the
underside of the rail. It will be less apt to peel loose later when
your size 47s are tromping up and down the rail.(;-) In addition,
you can precisely follow your glue line on the topside with one
edge of the Pro-Grip and be a little less precise on the less visible

Gil Woolley

Applying Progrip

Hi All!

I just finished our boat with ProGrip all over
(meaning the complete back deck and all the way
up to the shrouds and the compete inside bottom).

I started to do one side with Henkel Tomsit R710.
The 2-component glue is easy to work with, but it
did not stick after one hour. After about 2 1/2
hours the cement started to become 'tacky' enough
to keep the foam on the shape of deck (wich
happened to be some time after midnight...)
The next day I did the inside of the boat with
the Henkel glue. Here on then early flat areas
it worked very well and easy. There is enough
time to move the material in place and then just
wait to let the cement cure. You can even do this
single handed, without any assisiting person.

The other outer Deck was done with the contact
glue Terokal 2444 (wich looks like Pattex, smells
like Pattex, comes out of the house (Henkel) like Pattex).
It is important to have a helping hand here to
handle the sheets (I made the area in two pieces)
but the work went much faster than with the Tomsig glue.

There is quite a lot of room for improvement to
make the work look better, but the sheets were solid on the boat.

This Saturday was first test sail (including the
first Club regatta of the season...)
I was surprised about the no-slip effect of the
material - I never felt so safe on the boat and
nothing seems co come off so far.

Looking back from my point of view I would say
that the Tomsit is nive to work with when you are
on your own, but when working in a team, the
Terokal 2444 (Pattex???) is the faster solution.

With best regards from Osnabrück,

Progrip on older Rondar Decks

I want to pro grip an old rondar. It has pimples on the decking, so do
I need to sand down the pimples or have those who have done it found
that it sticks ok without having to do so. Reminder of best adheshive
please. Thanks.


Gelcoat is heavy and there has to be a very thick coat in
the areas where the old moulded non-skid  is located
(Pimples? Please, that is so teenager. I'd like to forget
that). I would be very inclined to sand the stuff hard
to reduce weight but don't go into the glass underneath.
Just enough to barely know where it is. # 60 grit.

A random orbital sander with hook and loop disks is excellent
for this. If you don't have one yet, this is the perfect justification
to buy one. You will wind up using it for lots of projects.
I formerly bought packs with 5 disks but now I buy 25 at a time.


the best glue for progrip is Dunlop thixofix applied with a
paintbrush and allowed to surface dry properly as this stops
the solvent in the glue bubbling the progrip up off the deck of your boat.
if anyone needs progrip I now have all the colours in stock and also have

Chris Somner Dinghy Services
40A Salterns Road, Poole, Dorset, BH14 9HF
T: (01202) 736704
M: 07941 301742

Cracked Mast

Here is a picture of a vertical crack around the gooseneck of a
procter C mast. I have been given advise to strap stainless around it
and I'm leaning towards that but, I've also been told by a respected
boat rebuilder, in my area, to have it wielded by a paticular person.
I do understand the properties of annealing metal or glass and that no
way could I fit a 22' mast in oven so, I'm throwing this out here to
see what you would do.


let us take it that way:
The mast will go - the big question is only, when....

All you can do is drilling a hole (3/16'' (or 5 mm)) just at the end
of the crack (in doubt a bit further away from the visible crack
line) to_hopefully_stop the crack growing.

A very skilled alloy welder_may_be_able to weld the damage. But this
changes the properties of the material and you can expect the
appearance of a new crack somewhere in the proximity .

I personally would not expect any help from a S/Steel (or whatever)
cladding on the damage except you can not see it any more. Duck Take
will have the same effect, is cheaper and easier applied.

In my humble opinion you should not trust that bit to more than the
usage as a flag pole.

This remains me of my good old Boeing 707 repair days.
This is a typical case of stress corrosion cracking.
It started at the top where you can see deep corrosion
pits. The pits created stress concentrations and this
started the cracking.

The first think you should always do is to drill a
hole at the tip of the crack. About 3mm diameter
should do it. This will stop the crack from growing at
least for a while. There is for example a smaller
crack running forwards at the bottom edge of the upper

Once you stopped the cracks you can think about
replacing the material that is not effective any more.
The bolts in the area look quite chunky and I'm not
sure what they are there for. If they carry
signifficant loads I would wrap a sleeve around the
outside and rivet it with blind rivets. I would use
aluminium sheet and pop rivets. Aluminium because it
has the same stiffness as the mast and you don't have
galvanic corrosion problems. If you use stainless your
patch is much stiffer than the mast tube and you will
get high loads in the patch. Welding is usually not an
option because as you mentioned you would have to heat
treat the mast afterwards to get the strength in the
heat affected area back.

Good luck,

Stiffen up the Centerboard case

My general idea is to peel up the pro-grip, cut a big hole in the
floor of the cockpit, and add one or more floor frames to brace the
CB trunk.


How many frames should I add?

What is the best to use for the floor? 3mm ply or glass-foam-glass
How to attach the floors to the CB case and hull? use glass tape or
is a fillet of glass-filled epoxy good enough?

Is epoxy the right glue or should I use something else?

Here's the way I'd do it- using my limited
boatbuilding skills :-).
Can't you just cut a few width ways slits (the same
width as some ?6mm plywood), with a skillsaw/ jig saw.

Then cut a bigger fore and aft cut along the case, so
you can get ya hand in (for gluing/coves), and put
some fore and aft stringers around the case. To finish
just Epoxy/ glass (did you say Carbon- Gil?- sounds
good to me for an older boat!) her up.
If weight is a problem- just sand all the Gel coat off
under the progrip to help.
The best guy to ask is probably Joachim - the guru,
if you can track him down.

Kirk and everyone.

I do feel badly about not tumbling to the lack of
structure before Kirk bought the boat. I do tend to
go around sticking a camera inside boats to see how
they are built. I just did not do it soon enough.

Kirk, we need to double our boats up on my trailer so we can
go demo some prospects. I have not talked to them yet so I
do not know when.

While we are loading, you can look inside Challant to see how
I did that one a few years ago. I cut a thwartship piece of
cockpit floor out and then bonded in two bulkheads just
in front of the cut and just aft of the cut. Flanged the
underside of the deck and glued the removed piece
back into the cockpit floor. That was about a 6 month
job of thinking and about 1 day doing.

The good news is that there is no blocking bulkhead from
the front of the cockpit back to the region which needs

I am thinking that it might be possible to build a transverse
I beam which closely fits between the bottom of the boat and the
cockpit floor. Said I beam would have one very rigid side
to butt up against the side of the centreboard case. The
I beam needs a groove running along the top, side
and bottom so that epoxy or other glue may be
pumped in at one location and follows the groove all
the way around top, side and bottom. You would not
cut the cockpit floor open at all. Slide the I beam in
from the inspection ports and draw it back into the
correct position with cords running from the front
and rear inspection ports to the beam.

I have not figured out how to pump in the glue yet.

Maybe drill small holes (hidden by the Pro-Grip)
through the cockpit floor lined up with the glue groove.

We can stick the camera in from the front inspection
ports and see what is up in the angled part of the top
of the CB case.

I am also thinking of a longitudinal plank which
has  a fairly rigid polygon to fit up into that
angled section. Draw the plank up against the
underside of the cockpit floor and glue it there
transferring loads from the top of the CB case
to the cockpit floor.

Neither fix needs to add much weight and the
added weight is in a good location.




Videos about sailing a contender can be found at video.google.com or at youtube.com. Several Contender Helmsmen upload their videos to the google or youtube Servers to make them Public. You can do the same if you like to share your movies to the contender world.
Most of the videos are homebrewed stuff. There are a few professional taken films. The most famous one is about the World Championchip, held at Lake Garda 2004. Its about 60 min long and worth every Minute. If you don´t no what it is with this beautiful Contender you will get a real clue.

http://video.google.de/videosearch?q=contender+sailing will give you best results on video. oogle.com

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=contender+sailing&search_type=&aq=f on youtube.com

You can choose a direct link to a movie. Just klick the thumbnail below. They open a new window.

 World Championchip 2004 Lake Garda

Queensland Contender Champ

2006/07 Toll SPD/Pacific National

Queensland Contender Championships


This year’s Queensland Contender Championships was a five race series sailed from the Cleveland Yacht Club on the 17th & 18th March consisting of both short & long courses.  Seven boats contested the regatta in light to moderate conditions for both days.

Spring training Denmark

We are back with a new training session in Hellerup, Denmark
Date is the 14-15 of April.

News from Uk

Chris Somner Dinghy services will be at the UK Dinghy Show

this weekend for the first time. 

As builders of the International Contender, International Cadet,
Poole AB and
Yachting World Dayboat classes come and talk
to us about your new boat requirements for 2007!
You will find us on stand C8 next to the Contender stand.
We are also able to offer repair services from our Poole
based workshop and hold a large amount of boat spares
in stock from all of the leading manufacturers.
We have this week launched our new website
which can be found at http://cserve.co.uk where we plan to keep
you up to date with what is happening both in the workshops and
on the water.
I look forward to seeing you at the show to discuss
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Worlds 2007 Medemblik update


The Contender World Championship 2007 held at Medemblik, Holland from 13-20 July.

News from 1973

This article has some information taken from an old Contender Newsletter, written by Mike Beggs after the Worlds in Imperia in Sept. 1973.

Results of Wordls 1973 Imperia

67 participants from 12 nations, 7 different nations in the top 10. The top three were the same people in the same order as in the worlds 1972. Unfortunately, the results list only sail numbers, not names. The first eight were:

  1. KA 99
  2. K 160
  3. IR 1
  4. G 15
  5. KR 9
  6. G 4
  7. I 2
  8. G 17 

Committee members of the ICA

President: Freddy Gale, Hayling Island (previously Secretary)

Chairman: Jack Hollis, Brisbane 

Secretary: Mike Beggs, London

Super training in Denmark

Neil from Canada writes about the latest training session in Denmark

German Nationals

German Nationals 2006 / Heiligenhafen ? Baltic Sea. The German Nationals were held in Heiligenhafen / Baltic Sea. Seven races were sailed during the four racing days. The new German Champion is Christoph Homeier (GER-551), second Soren Andresen (DEN-44) third place went to Karsten Kraus (GER-522). Womens trophy was won by Ann Seidel (GER-431) and the junior title went to Max Billerbeck (GER-488). Max GER-488 won the second race by out smarting the light wind specialist GER-520 from Bodensee. Watch out for this young kid in the future!

Europeans 2006 Austria

European Championship 2006 in Austria Between 28/8 ? 1/9 94 contender sailors came to Lake Traunsee in Austria to sail the Contender Europeans hosted by SC Ebensee The lake is twelve km long and three km wide with mountains around.

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British Nationals

The UK Nationals were held at Teign Corinthian Yacht Club and were
sailed in mainly light airs. The overall Championship was decided on
the last day with Stuart Jones of Datchet Water coming out on top by 1
Point From Gary Langdown of Highcliffe. Full report will follow shortly on the British website http://www.sailcontender.org.uk/

1st Stuart Jones-Datchet Water
2nd Gary Langdown-Highcliffe
3rd Peter Dives-Eastbourne
4th Keith Paul-Weston

Those of you who wern't there missed a beutiful venue with over 50
boats to play with.

By Paul Ross

Pictures at http://fotoboat.thirdlight.com/index.tlx?albumid=55058

Springtraining in north Europe

Contender Springtraining in Denmark

This weekend(april 22-23) 17 boats – 15 danish, 1 swedish and 1 finish, where gathered in Hellerup Yachtclub for the annual springtraining. We managed to get the danish olynpic team sailor Peder Rønholdt to train us, which turned out to be a very good idea.

We started out Saturday morning with some start training just to get the back into the groove again. Peder pointed out how important it is to see excactly where the startline is, which we were told, is something even old and very good sailors tend to forget. Then we went on to improve our downwind skills and this, by the way, seemed to be a very good idea for some of us. We also learned how to stear the boat without using the rudder so much. Peder told us that this is something you could win a lot by doing. After this we sailed a bit further out to focus more on the tactics and especially for the new ones to get some instructions on the basic trim. Sunday started out again with small courses and start training. On Sunday afternoon we where all very tired after a good and fun weekend and everyone had learned a great deal.   For the Danish fleet this was a  fantastic event with a fantastic turnout and it was great for both the new and exprienced sailors in the class.  Have fun and good sailing Ulrich Hansen, DEN-48

Results and Pictures from 2006 Ronstan Contender worlds

Results from the 2006 Ronstan Contender Worlds can be found on

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Pictures was taken by Bart NED-212.

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Worlds 2006 final update

Final results at


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Final update
Andrea Bonezzi from Italy takes home another World Championship. This is the 6th time Andrea takes home the title, a fantastic presentation by the now 36 year old Italian. During the Worlds presentation Andrea also revieled his a long lasting secret about his weight. It came to 93.5 kg measured by ISAF international measurer Ron Duffield. Second in the Worlds championship was young Marcus Hamilton from Australia who showed a very consistant top performance during the World Championship and winning the Australian Nationals only a  week before the Worlds.  Number 3 was Tim Hill also from Australia.

Race reports from the last 3 races.

Day 4, Race 7
Report by Chris Chambers(AUS)

Race 7 was held in a shifty and patchy 12-18 knot southeasterly breeze. this led to tricky conditions and a element of luck entering the racing.
Paul Green(AUS) and Ben Holden(GBR) got away to a flying start. On the first mark they were leading and stayed in front of the fleet for the rest of the race.
Ben was fastest on the last upwind and won the race. The rest of the fleet had changing postions all around the cource with Andrea Bonezzi(ITA) and Marcus(AUS) finishing 3rd and 4th. 5th was Chris Chambers(AUS) and 6th Soren Andreasen(DEN)

Day4, Race 8
Report by Chris Mitchel(GBR)
Race 8 started in a 18/20 knots of sourth easterly breeze. Much steadier than race 7. but still swinging a little. The Comitte boat end of the line was favored. The majority of the fleet went to the right side of the course led by Andrea Bonezzi(ITA). At the windward mark though Chris Mitchell(GBR) who had started at the pin end and gone hard left, had a lead over 100 meters. He managed to maintain his lead halfway down the second reach when he was passed by Andrea Bonezzi(ITA), During the subsequent legs Bonezzi extended his lead with Chris Mitchell(GBR) following. At the Finish Andrea Bonezzi claimed yet another well derserved first place, Simon Mussel(GBR) managed to skip past Chris Mitchell(GBR) cementing his place as "best POM".

Day 5 Race 9
Andrea Bonezzi had already won his 6th World Championship title and did not have to participate in the last race.
The Race was started in a 6-8 knots wind from a south easterly direction. First mark saw the light wind specialts like Jan Von der Bank(GER), Joachim Happrecht(GER) and Gary Langdown(GBR) in the lead, it was very soon clear that the race was going to be between Jan and Gary with changing positions all the way through the race. In the end Gary was fastest and won the race only seconds ahead of Jan. Tim Hill Finished 3'rd just enough to secure him overal 3 place in the championship.

Day 3, Race 5

Race 5
Report by Andrea Bonezzi.
In the second race the wind at the start was a bit lighter around 10 knots and the left side of the course had the advantage. I (Andrea Bonezzi) had a bad start and had to tack to the right and I ended up at the first mark  in 7th or 8th postition. By the end of the first leg the wind got up to around 15 knots. First was Simon Mussel(GBR) followed closely by Matt Hosie(AUS) and Marcus Hamilton(AUS). By the end of the first reach Marcus was already leading in front of Hosie. Simon lost a lot and by a the end of the second reach he dropped down just behind me into 5th place. Tim Hill was 3rd but he lost 3 places on the second upwind. Nothing really happened in the last lap and Marcus had a good lead on the finish on Hosie, I was third. Virgilio frau(ITA) 4th and Simon Mussel(GBR) 5th .

Worlds day 3

Ronstan International Contender Worlds 2006

Report by Simon Mussel.
The fleet sailed to the start of race 4 in light and
shifty conditions. With the breeze coming off the
land. The fleet waited over an hour before a steady
15-20 knots breeze filled in from south-east.
The majority of the fleet headed for the left hand
side of the course after the start. At the windward
mark Simon Mussel(GBR) was leading with Andrea
Bonezzi(ITA) close behind. The reaches saw Andrea and
Marcus Hamilton(AUS) sail through Simon and build a
lead of 10-30 meters by the leward mark. Tim Hill(AUS)
and also sailed well on the reaches and rounded in a
group with Simon at the leward mark. In a freshning
sea breeze Andrea and Marcus stumped there authority
on the race leaving a close battle behind Simon, Jan
and Tim for 3rd place. Andrea Finished first for his 4
win in the worlds, Marcus 2, Simon 3rd, Jan 4th and
Tim Hill 5th.

Worlds day 2

Race 2
There were 2 races sailed today at the Ronstan 2006
contender Worlds.


Race 2 report by Tim Hill.
Fleet started in a quickly building seabreeze that
initially favoured the left but swung to the right
late on the first beat. Virgilio Frau(ITA), lead to
the first mark, followed by Andrea Bonezzi(ITA),
Marcus Hamilton(AUS), Matt Hosie(AUS), Soren
Andreasen(DEN), Tim Hill(AUS). Bonezzi passed Virgilio
at the bottom mark, Hosie + Hamilton capsized at the
gybe mark, letting Hill current world champion Jan Von
der Bank and the Danish viking Soren Andreasen
through. On the second beat, the wind freshened to
20-25 knots once again , fat was fast as Hosie +
Hamilton worked there way through to 3rd + 4th.
Hamilton rounded top mark 3rd passing Virgilio down
the run. Hosie + hill exchanged places down a wild +
windy run, rounding the bottom mark with Hill just in
front of Hosie. Hamilton footed out to the left-hand
side of the course with Bonezzi following with a loose
cover. Bonezzi stayed high in the groove and followed
Hamilton as he threw 5 tacks to the finish. Bonezzi
finished comfortably in front, Virgilio faded to 3rd,
followed by Hosie 4, Hill 5, Soren 6 , Simon Mussel 7
and Jan von der bank 8. Virgilio Frau and Jan Von bank
was both disqualified for a premature start making the
final standing for race 2, Bonezzi 1, Hamilton 2,
Hosie 3, Hill 4, Andreasen 5.

Race 3
Report by Current World Champion Jan Von der Bank.
Who ever comes 3rd in a race has the doubtable honour
of writing a report. For race 3 its the "still" world
champion's turn, since again at the very front Andrea
Bonezzi(ITA) and Marcus Hamilton(AUS) where playing
there own game. Starting in strong winds of 25-30
knots has a special quality, surely not a tactical
one, its all about keeping clear of the bundles of
capsized boats and "fat" boys that kill you with the
extra bit of weight. Following Andrea and the also
very fast Italian Virgilio Frau to the again favoured
left side, I managed to bear away around the windward
mark in 5th position. Not bad for a "lightweight" of
78 kg amongst all the 90+ boys in the front. Going
full risk on the reaches with tight kicker and loose
outhaul, I managed to hang in there too. Thanks to a
spectacular capsize of Virgilio I found myself on the
third position at the bottom mark. Andrea at that time
had already set up an impressive lead, which he
maintained throughout the race, followed by Marcus. I
myself had to defend 3rd a bit more since Matt Hosie,
Paul Green and Tim Hill on every upwind seemed to cut
a bit out of the distance between them and me. But
thanks to one or the other capsize of Matt Hosie and
due to my downwind speed, it was enough to finish 3rd
(and write the report). 4th was Paul green,5 Chris
Chambers and 6th Tim Hill all from Australia and
obviously used to "monster-conditions" like these. A
proof for this somewhat unusual description might also
be found in the number of finished boats: only 39 out
of 62 started in the second race of this day. What's
even worse there being blow and washed on the race
course is coming back into the harbour, the long high
canal into the dinghy ramp is so high that the wind
inside is gusting between a force 0 and force 7 and
windshifts up to 180 degrees, a nightmare. It’s a
miracle that there has not been any collision of boats
drifting in the canal. My whish for tomorrow
conditions as in travemunde for once - since I managed
a 1st place in the last race of the Australian
Nationals, using the light wind conditions of that day
as a personal practice race. Or maybe I simply eat two
or three more sausage to night.

Worlds day 1

Fat is fast on the first day of the 2006 Ronstan
Contender World Championship

Race one of the international contender world
championships started in a strong 23-25 knots
southwesterly seabreeze. There was a clean start with
no recalls. Tim Hill (AUS) and Tim Holden(GBR) leading
the way up the first beat. Holden capsized on the
reach, leaving Tim Hill(AUS), Marcus Hamilton(AUS) and
Andreas Bonezzi(ITA) powering away to the gybe mark.
By the bottom mark Marcus Hamilton was leading with
Matt Hosie(AUS) and Paul Green(AUS) moving up to make
top 5. Matt Hosie showed good upwind speed to pass Tim
Hill(AUS) up the beat, with Hamilton still leading at
the top mark. The run was sailed conservatively as the
messy swell made nosediving a problem!
Hamilton was still leading at the bottom mark, with
Bonezzi, Hosie, Hill close behind. The lead changed up
the last beat with Bonezzi moving to the lead, leaving
Hosie and Hamilton to fight for second. Hamilton
grabbed second place by two seconds, Hosie in third,
Hill fourth, Paul Green fifth and current World
Champion Jan Von Der Bank(GER) sixth. Best British was
Ben Holden in 7th. Best Dane was Soren Andreasen in
9th, best Dutch was Jan Haanstra in 18th and best from
New Zealand was Andrew Griffiths in 17th.

Aus Nationals day 3 and 4

Day 3
A racing day with light and shifty winds (like the last worlds in Travemunde). It was a day where you had to start on the pin end and go all the way to the left and tack on the lay line as a big lift was comming to you on as you were sailing up to the top-mark. Marcus was first around the top mark with Soren following closely, they had a close fight on the reaches, but Marcus managed to stay in front. Gary Langdown from England was thrid aroud the bottom mark. At the last upwind Marcus and Soren went into a tacking duel, that meant that Gary was suddenly second not far away from Marcus. The wind then picked up and Soren managed to pass Gary again. Marcus won with Soren in second and Gary in thrid and Tim Holden in 4 place. Soren and Tim now had same points. Andrea was OCS'ed.

Second race was a copy of first race, except that this time Gary was second and Soren was thrid. Tim Holden broke his trapeze harness and went in during the race. Andrea had a really bad race and finish 19. The race was shortened which was not any help for Andrea.(shitta-fucka)

Day 4
Marcus had already won the Australian Nationals and did not have to race. Second place was between Soren and Tim Holden. To Finish 2nd overall Soren only had to make sure Tim would not be in the top 4 and if so Soren should not be more than one boat behind him.
Andrea could still finish 3, but it required him to finish no worse than 4(if tim hill would win) and to beat Tim Holden he had to beat him with at least 3 boats.
The wind were againg light and the left side was favorized. Matt Hosie came around the top mark with huge lead to Tim Hill and Jan Von der bank in 2th and 3rd. Tim Holden was fifth around the top mark but managed to hit it and had to do a 360 penalty turn. Soren came around the top mark as 8th but showed good boat speed on the reaches and manged to round the button mark as 4'th. Tim Holden went dead right on the upwind and Soren followed wisely. The right side was not good so Soren and Tim lost loads of boats. Matt Hosie was still in front but both Jan and Tim was closing in. On the last upwind Jan overtook Matt and since he was covering him also Tim Hill managed to pass. In the end Jan finished first, Tim Hill Second and Matt Hosie 3rd. Andrea Finished 13 and Tim Holden 18.

Overall results for the Australian Nationals

3-Tim Hill
4-Simon Mussel
5-Andrea Bonezzi
Full results at

Australian Nationals day 2

Full results at http://contenderclass.org/aus/freo2006/results.htm

More wind today than yesterday, 15 to 18 knots in the first race and 18 to 20 knots in the second. The first race was very closed between the first 3 sailors, all the way from the beginning to the end there was close figthing, Matt Hosie and Tim Holden were sailing much faster than yesterday and they hold the first 2 places until the last upwind were Andrea passed them simply because of better boat speed. Marcus was also fast on the downwind leg and finished 4th not far behind the 3 leaders. Soren managed to finish 5 after having chased the 4 guys in front all through the race.
The second race saw Andrea leading all the way from the first mark to the end, Marcus did get closer and at the end of the downwind he was breathing Andrea in the neck, Marcus lost on the a little on the last upwind but still managed to finish 2nd just ahead of Tim Holden and Matt Hosie. Tim Hill came in 5th for his second top 5 position.

Top 5 is now
3-Tim Holden
4-Soren Andreasen
5-Simon Mussel


Freo, Aus and Worlds update January 4

Full results at

The first 2 races of the Australian Championship were sailed today in a good breeze of 10 to 15 knots in the first race and 13 to 18 knots in the second one. The wind was a quite steady seabreeze and the races didn't show many surprises. Both races on the first mark Simon mussel was leading mainly because of a good start and good tactic. The first mark also was usually quite crowded with lots of boats within a few seconds. Marcus(aus) ended up winning the first race, Andrea(ita) was second, the rest of the fleet was a couple of minutes behind with Soren(den) 3rd, Tim(aus) only a second after Soren, then closely followed the rest of the other top sailors.
The second race was quite similar with a little bit more wind, Andrea had a bit more speed compared to the others, Marcus was leading around the gybe mark but was soon overtaken by Andrea on the second reach. The fleet was streatching out on the following upwind. At the finish the fleet was again strectched behind the 2 leaders, this time with Simon Mussel on 3rd and Soren in 4th.

And the Sun was shining!!!

Aus and Worlds update 3 Jan 2006

A cloudy day didn't bring much wind to the practice race.
Only a bunch of boat finished the race wish was sailed in very shifty and light winds, most other sailors went in early in the race.
The weather forecast seems better for the rest of the week with more wind and sun.

Tomorrow the first 2 races of the Australian nationals will be sailed.


Latest update from Fremantle (aus and world championship)

Hi all

Most people have now arrived, we are still missing a few Germans a Dane, 2 Dutchies and some Brits.

Measurements was going very smooth today, I recon that half the fleet has gone through the measurements already.

Tomorrow is the practice race. Weather seems to be very unusual with a 7-9 m/s forecast and thunderstorms..(still 30 degrees temp)

More after the practice race. (and with some pictures of the harbour and the boats, maybe also from the race cource).

Chairman Int Contender Association

Latest from the Chairman


Latest update from Fremantle (Aus and Worlds championship)

Hi all

Most people have now arrived, we are still missing a few Germans a Dane, 2 Dutchies and some Brits.

Measurements was going very smooth today, I recon that half the fleet has gone through the measurements already.

Tomorrow is the practice race. Weather seems to be very unusual with a 7-9 m/s forecast and thunderstorms..(still 30 degrees temp)

More after the practice race. (and with some pictures of the harbour and the boats, maybe also from the race cource).

Soren, DEN-44
Chairman Int Contender Association

New Champion

 Jan von der Bank Won Worlds 2005 Travemünde, Germany
23 July to 29 July

Link to Championchip Results

Report from the annuall General Meeting 2005

The Report is now online availible in Adobe pdf format Read the things, that were discussed in Travemünde2005. Download here here.