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) 9095
On trial 7813
Dorothy is dropped 8201
The class is launched 7509
A star is born 7627
First world championships 7708
Competitive high spirits 7440
Antipodean heaven 7164
Globetrotting 6993
The magical 3 figure mark 7437
California Dreaming 6895
21 today! 6911
Another year, another island 7600
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7675
Back to the roots 6871
Island hopping 6556
Gonna party like it's 1999 6683
Farewell to Freddie 6858
The Doctor calls 6924
The Contender today 8045