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) 8414
On trial 7083
Dorothy is dropped 7381
The class is launched 6831
A star is born 6942
First world championships 7038
Competitive high spirits 6793
Antipodean heaven 6485
Globetrotting 6367
The magical 3 figure mark 6772
California Dreaming 6257
21 today! 6283
Another year, another island 6939
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7013
Back to the roots 6256
Island hopping 5940
Gonna party like it's 1999 6033
Farewell to Freddie 6205
The Doctor calls 6293
The Contender today 7345