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) 9065
On trial 7778
Dorothy is dropped 8164
The class is launched 7482
A star is born 7600
First world championships 7686
Competitive high spirits 7404
Antipodean heaven 7140
Globetrotting 6959
The magical 3 figure mark 7411
California Dreaming 6873
21 today! 6881
Another year, another island 7575
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7653
Back to the roots 6851
Island hopping 6525
Gonna party like it's 1999 6653
Farewell to Freddie 6835
The Doctor calls 6900
The Contender today 8021