Class History

contender147hi2007 celebrated the 40th anniversary of the International Contender.  Travel through time with boat archivist David Henshall and find out about the sailors and boats of yesteryear, and how the class has developed.

This history was written by David Henshall; copyright remains with Bearfacemedia for information in this section.
Click on a chapter title or follow the 'next' arrows for the full story.
Want to know more?  David's book "Hooked On - The Contender Story" is out soon!
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The early years B.C?(Before Contenders) 8977
On trial 7685
Dorothy is dropped 8061
The class is launched 7385
A star is born 7508
First world championships 7594
Competitive high spirits 7305
Antipodean heaven 7039
Globetrotting 6878
The magical 3 figure mark 7337
California Dreaming 6781
21 today! 6785
Another year, another island 7484
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7559
Back to the roots 6767
Island hopping 6434
Gonna party like it's 1999 6556
Farewell to Freddie 6741
The Doctor calls 6806
The Contender today 7921