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) 8919
On trial 7627
Dorothy is dropped 8004
The class is launched 7323
A star is born 7444
First world championships 7535
Competitive high spirits 7243
Antipodean heaven 6980
Globetrotting 6820
The magical 3 figure mark 7276
California Dreaming 6720
21 today! 6728
Another year, another island 7414
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7497
Back to the roots 6706
Island hopping 6381
Gonna party like it's 1999 6495
Farewell to Freddie 6675
The Doctor calls 6746
The Contender today 7859