There are 174 entries at the World Contender Championships which will take place in Gravedona, on Lake Como, from July 14th to July 20th. The event, hosted by AVAL-CDV Centro Vela Alto Lario, sees teams coming from Europe, USA, Canada and Australia.
Contender Worlds 2013
Among the competitors will be attending the defending World Champion, Antonio Lambertini, the multi world champion Andrea Bonezzi, the Brit stars Graham Scott and Stuart Jones along with the class 'legend' Keith Paul, and the Danish Jesper Nielsen, current European Champion. The former 505 worlds champion Ethan Bixby is coming from USA, as well.
The Contender was designed in 1967 by Ben Lexcen, the legendary designer who won the America's Cup with Australia 2. The Class never saw a so huge fleet in its long Worlds history. After the 2011 Worlds in Weymouth, with 140 participants, this is the confirmation of a class extremely vital and competitive that in 46 years has been able to technically evolve without changing the original spirit.
Contender Worlds website
Contender Class website