Great video of Contenders sailing in big breeze and big waves during the 2009 Kiel Week. Hairy conditions for these boats. I sailed a Contender once in a club race at West River Sailing Club. Puffy conditions and I discovered there is plenty of power in these boats. I stumbled quite a bit but didn't capsize. This class continues to get over 100 boats for the Worlds showing that it was a good thing it was never chosen for the Olympics (it came out on top of the three singlehanded trials the IYRU ran in the late 1960's for a projected replacement of the Finn).
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