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) 9380
On trial 8093
Dorothy is dropped 8494
The class is launched 7804
A star is born 7917
First world championships 7980
Competitive high spirits 7772
Antipodean heaven 7437
Globetrotting 7287
The magical 3 figure mark 7728
California Dreaming 7176
21 today! 7201
Another year, another island 7839
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7959
Back to the roots 7137
Island hopping 6791
Gonna party like it's 1999 6952
Farewell to Freddie 7111
The Doctor calls 7195
The Contender today 8318