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) 8882
On trial 7587
Dorothy is dropped 7959
The class is launched 7278
A star is born 7394
First world championships 7482
Competitive high spirits 7205
Antipodean heaven 6936
Globetrotting 6777
The magical 3 figure mark 7236
California Dreaming 6679
21 today! 6691
Another year, another island 7374
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7462
Back to the roots 6663
Island hopping 6346
Gonna party like it's 1999 6459
Farewell to Freddie 6638
The Doctor calls 6703
The Contender today 7822