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) 8508
On trial 7181
Dorothy is dropped 7553
The class is launched 6908
A star is born 7020
First world championships 7123
Competitive high spirits 6865
Antipodean heaven 6588
Globetrotting 6436
The magical 3 figure mark 6862
California Dreaming 6321
21 today! 6360
Another year, another island 7015
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7094
Back to the roots 6327
Island hopping 6000
Gonna party like it's 1999 6109
Farewell to Freddie 6287
The Doctor calls 6364
The Contender today 7441