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. The Contender was awarded International status in 1968 and now has fleets in more than twelve countries throughout the world.

The Contender Class is truly International, holding ISAF International status. As well as a strong Australian fleet UK, there are fleets in the United Kingdom, North America, and right across Europe. The World Championships routinely attracts turnouts of over 100 boats.


You will find Contenders being sailed at the following clubs


Teralba Sailing Clubs on Lake Macquarie

Balmoral on Sydney Harbour


Canberra Yacht Club


Blairgowrie Yacht Club - McCrae Yacht Club - Royal Geelong Yacht Club

Port Melbourne Yacht Club - Sandringham Yacht Club - Mordialloc Sailing Club - Somers Yacht Club


Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron - Humpybong Yacht Club


Royal Freshwater Yacht Club

Hilarys Yacht Club


Adelaide Sailing Club

Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club 


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