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) 8688
On trial 7390
Dorothy is dropped 7748
The class is launched 7079
A star is born 7184
First world championships 7286
Competitive high spirits 7015
Antipodean heaven 6750
Globetrotting 6578
The magical 3 figure mark 7036
California Dreaming 6478
21 today! 6508
Another year, another island 7171
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7254
Back to the roots 6476
Island hopping 6150
Gonna party like it's 1999 6255
Farewell to Freddie 6437
The Doctor calls 6515
The Contender today 7612