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) 8081
On trial 6729
Dorothy is dropped 6858
The class is launched 6513
A star is born 6600
First world championships 6675
Competitive high spirits 6464
Antipodean heaven 6035
Globetrotting 6055
The magical 3 figure mark 6394
California Dreaming 5967
21 today! 5957
Another year, another island 6625
New kid on the block, the RS 600 6705
Back to the roots 5933
Island hopping 5695
Gonna party like it's 1999 5741
Farewell to Freddie 5871
The Doctor calls 6033
The Contender today 7027