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) 9250
On trial 7959
Dorothy is dropped 8363
The class is launched 7661
A star is born 7781
First world championships 7854
Competitive high spirits 7635
Antipodean heaven 7299
Globetrotting 7153
The magical 3 figure mark 7600
California Dreaming 7033
21 today! 7063
Another year, another island 7713
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7818
Back to the roots 7007
Island hopping 6669
Gonna party like it's 1999 6828
Farewell to Freddie 6987
The Doctor calls 7079
The Contender today 8192