by Richard Crockett
I just happened to notice a few days ago that Graeme Willcox competed in the British Contender class Nationals – and finished very well in 4th spot, with his best result a 2nd.
The Contender is a class no longer sailed in this country to my knowledge anyway, although some of the older yachties will remember it from ‘way back when’!
My old mate Rob Martin keeps reminding me that he sailed one of these back in the day, and laments the fact that they are no longer sailed locally – and that he is probably too old to sail one anyway!
So to remind those who knew them, and to show those who never knew them, here are some pics from the SAILING Mag archives of Contenders, plus a class newsletter from November 1972 which will bring back memories and also contains names of those active in the class at the time.
Oh, and lest I forget, well done Graeme on that fine result – and thanks for the nudge to produce this post!
An Olympic Class?
In my archives there is a press release purporting that the Contender would be a new Olympic Class, but I can find no reference to it ever having gone that far and become an Olympic Class. Maybe older readers can recollect why? READ THE DOCUMENT HERE contender 017
READ THE CLASS NEWSLETTER HERE contender 018
If anyone has info on any of these pics please send it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that I can update the archive.