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) 8852
On trial 7558
Dorothy is dropped 7925
The class is launched 7252
A star is born 7355
First world championships 7449
Competitive high spirits 7179
Antipodean heaven 6906
Globetrotting 6743
The magical 3 figure mark 7198
California Dreaming 6654
21 today! 6662
Another year, another island 7347
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7431
Back to the roots 6635
Island hopping 6315
Gonna party like it's 1999 6428
Farewell to Freddie 6598
The Doctor calls 6672
The Contender today 7788