Join the British Contender Association!
The Contender has survived and thrived for the last 40+ years because it has benefited from an enthusiastic and dedicated class association.
The BCA and its international counterpart, the International Contender Association, are entirely voluntarily run members' organisations, and the only resources we have to look after the class and its interests comes from the annual membership subscriptions.
Without the support of all UK Contender sailors, the BCA will not be able to support, develop, or promote the class in the manner it deserves.
So if you own or sail a Contender, join us and help us represent YOU!
The British Contender Association
The British Contender Association is the official UK class association of the International Contender Class.
The International Contender is the World's most popular single-handed trapeze sailing dinghy.
It was originally designed back in 1967 by Australian Ben Lexcen as a potential successor to the Olympic Finn Class. The boat won the 1968 Olympic selection trials, but for a variety of reasons was never adopted as an Olympic class. This was probably something of a blessing, as the class has thrived ever since. The longevity of the class is a testament to the original design: simple, practical, with classic good looks.
The Contender Class is truly International, holding ISAF International status. As well as a strong UK fleet, there are fleets in Australasia, North America, and right across Europe. The World Championships routinely attracts turnouts of over 140 boats.
This site contains details of what's going in the Contender Class in the UK; How, Who, What, Why and where.
If you've found your way here, you probably have an idea of what you're looking for - and if you can't find on the site in the FAQs etc, please feel free to contact us, and we'll try to help, or just contact us anyway we're here to serve the Contender sailing community of the UK.
If you only find yourself here by accident, well, welcome again, and please feel free to browse the site to find out a bit more about the International Contender - you never know, you might get hooked!
Latest News & Announcements
CANCELLED - Restronguet Open
Unfortunately Restronguet sailing club will be unable to support our open meeting on 13/14th May. This event is therefore cancelled. We would still like to use the diary date so we are open to options for replacement events from any clubs.
Nationals 1st – 4th September 2017
The British Nationals 2017 will be held at South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club, Abersoch, North Wales on 1st – 4th September 2017
World Championships 2017 Sonderborg Denmark July 12th to 21st
Registration is open with an early bird discount until June 20th!
Danish nationals as a warm up 12th - 14th July
Worlds registration and measurement 15th - 16th July
Racing 17th - 21st July
Video of Regatta in Italy
Get a flavour of Italian lake sailing in a Contender!