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) 9201
On trial 7919
Dorothy is dropped 8313
The class is launched 7616
A star is born 7730
First world championships 7805
Competitive high spirits 7575
Antipodean heaven 7253
Globetrotting 7101
The magical 3 figure mark 7557
California Dreaming 6990
21 today! 7015
Another year, another island 7683
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7777
Back to the roots 6973
Island hopping 6640
Gonna party like it's 1999 6787
Farewell to Freddie 6954
The Doctor calls 7046
The Contender today 8154