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Post Options Post Options   Quote Do Different Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Sep 22 at 2:14pm
"It's such a great boat otherwise, out on the open sea, sun, wind, waves, looking down from the wire - such a blast. They've modernised the rig, now all it needs is a 60kg rather than 80 kg hull with a twisty semi battened 9mtr rig and a bit of diversity in the all male class to let ladies and lightweights enjoy a fabulous boat in all conditions. Maybe call it the Contender Woke.  LOL 

Edited by Woodburner - Today at 9:50am"

         

Pleased you like it, I love it and within parameters actually quite a relaxing sail once you put some trust in the boat. I get the impression the 600 could be like a collie dog and bite you sharp if you looked at it wrong.



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Last Thursday Evening Series and we're greeted with spots of rain a brisk North Easterly and not a lot of enthusiasm, but it's going to be the last warmish night, Atlantic lows are headed in this weekend and it'll be cool,and dark so three of us Contenderati, a Tasar and a Laser decided to go out and do battle with what really is the worse wind direction at our place, it's always gusty, shifty and unpleasant, but didn't seem too bad, until of course we all launched, then up it came 17-24 was forecast and that pretty much was what we got.
 I forgot my watch, once again was failed by my apple watch app and was last away by probably twenty odd seconds and it was a slog, the wind came up even more, not really a problem with the Contender, but theTasar pulled out so I'm playing catch up. I can sail it now, but I wouldn't call me race ready in this wind I struggle to hold a better sailed Laser even but I'm making progress.
 The second reach was a bit special, now and again, you get moments sailing. The sun low in the sky broke below a thick rain cloud in a reddish gold setting hue which glistened on the spray thrown up from the bow and the weather side which swirled in a million sparkles, out on the wire just born off down a swell, it really doesn't get better than this and you just feel so sorry for all the folk that never get to experience the sheer perfection of the moment, all those sad folk at the Tory hustings I visited  recently, the promenaders with their dogs and sad lives basically anyone who doesn't sail or enjoy other facets of waterborne sport. We're so Lucky.
Anyway turned out my best result of the season 3rd Contender 4th overall and I'll ignore the fact there were only the four of us finished and just five starters, I just feel.. well I feel luckier than most I still get to do this. Every now and then you really do have to take stock.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Do Different Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Sep 22 at 10:27pm
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Do Different Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Sep 22 at 10:32pm
I used to ride horses and to me the Contender feels like that old retired steeplechaser which will do it's best to get you home safely in style so long as you treat it nicely and with respect, otherwise you'll learn who's really the boss.
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To me the contender is a rocketship I rarely find the blue touch paper for. Sometimes, it just takes off. I've had it since May now and still rarely had the wind to make it go. Though last Wednesday afternoon, the wind dropped to nothing ahead of a big thundercloud (overtaken by solos), then just as the storm hit, the wind went up to 30+ knots ... bloody marvelous, if rather frightening. Of course they called us all in ( the electric fields were doing strange things with people's hair and I got a minor shock off the shrouds).

Good new is .. it really can be sailed in any kind of wind. Bad news is... needs quite a lot.

The boat would be improved if I could remove those two massive blocks of lead. Lovely boat but shouldn't need storm conditions to perform
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