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In September 2016 the International Contender European Championships were hosted by Highcliffe Sailing Club, located on the south coast of the UK, close to the picturesque town of Christchurch in Dorset.

See the Contender Facebook page, Yachts & Yachting and the Highcliffe Sailing Club website for news, reports and results.

Champion Marine Photography took some great photos.

The event comprised of: measurement on the 3rd/4th September, a practice race on the 4th September and 10 championship races held between 5th/9th September.

Richard Buttner of RB Sport and Travel has got some good deals on ferry crossings to and from the UK.



If you would like to contact the UK Contender Class Association in connection with the Contender European Championships in 2016 please feel free to email the following committee members.

Ed Presley – UK Events Secretary
Chris Boshier – UK Class Chairman
Simon Mussell – Event Co-ordinator


The race area is to be located approx. 0.5 mile / 10-15 mins sail from the beach in Christchurch Bay. The prevailing weather comes unfettered from the South West and whilst there are no guarantees September often provides the nicest sailing conditions. unnamed-1

Social Scene

Opening ceremony and buffet on Sunday 4th September.

BBQ on Tuesday 6th September.

Championship Dinner on Thursday 8th September at the Noisy Lobster on Avon Beach.

In addition there will be a prize giving with free beer and snack after each days racing.

The bar will be open each day from 2pm.

For full details click here.


There will be on-site camping and camper van spaces.

The following on-site charges will apply to cover Saturday 3rd to Saturday 10th.

Tent £25.00

Camper Van £40.00

Car £5.00

Other forms of accommodation can be found in the area at Visit Christchurch, Highcliffe Sailing Club and other websites. Also close by, a stones throw from the launching area, is Sandhills Holiday Park, a static caravan and chalet park, 3 minutes walk from the club.

Others recommended :-

Water’s Edge B&B

SEAPOINT self catering and B&B

Bure Lodge B&B

Christchurch Harbour Hotel

The Black House Appartments – very close to the club but a boat ride away!