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) 8806
On trial 7505
Dorothy is dropped 7882
The class is launched 7202
A star is born 7300
First world championships 7403
Competitive high spirits 7132
Antipodean heaven 6864
Globetrotting 6695
The magical 3 figure mark 7155
California Dreaming 6601
21 today! 6617
Another year, another island 7301
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7387
Back to the roots 6589
Island hopping 6268
Gonna party like it's 1999 6378
Farewell to Freddie 6552
The Doctor calls 6628
The Contender today 7741