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) 9117
On trial 7847
Dorothy is dropped 8235
The class is launched 7535
A star is born 7651
First world championships 7732
Competitive high spirits 7485
Antipodean heaven 7187
Globetrotting 7024
The magical 3 figure mark 7477
California Dreaming 6918
21 today! 6941
Another year, another island 7619
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7699
Back to the roots 6901
Island hopping 6573
Gonna party like it's 1999 6707
Farewell to Freddie 6883
The Doctor calls 6961
The Contender today 8075