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) 9003
On trial 7714
Dorothy is dropped 8098
The class is launched 7419
A star is born 7533
First world championships 7628
Competitive high spirits 7332
Antipodean heaven 7071
Globetrotting 6902
The magical 3 figure mark 7360
California Dreaming 6814
21 today! 6818
Another year, another island 7513
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7588
Back to the roots 6796
Island hopping 6458
Gonna party like it's 1999 6586
Farewell to Freddie 6773
The Doctor calls 6835
The Contender today 7954