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!
Display #
The early years B.C?(Before Contenders) 9170
On trial 7895
Dorothy is dropped 8280
The class is launched 7587
A star is born 7703
First world championships 7781
Competitive high spirits 7537
Antipodean heaven 7225
Globetrotting 7070
The magical 3 figure mark 7530
California Dreaming 6961
21 today! 6986
Another year, another island 7654
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7748
Back to the roots 6945
Island hopping 6611
Gonna party like it's 1999 6757
Farewell to Freddie 6924
The Doctor calls 7017
The Contender today 8125