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) 9036
On trial 7750
Dorothy is dropped 8134
The class is launched 7442
A star is born 7568
First world championships 7654
Competitive high spirits 7368
Antipodean heaven 7107
Globetrotting 6926
The magical 3 figure mark 7381
California Dreaming 6840
21 today! 6851
Another year, another island 7546
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7625
Back to the roots 6825
Island hopping 6492
Gonna party like it's 1999 6620
Farewell to Freddie 6805
The Doctor calls 6869
The Contender today 7990