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) 8516
On trial 7190
Dorothy is dropped 7566
The class is launched 6918
A star is born 7029
First world championships 7133
Competitive high spirits 6873
Antipodean heaven 6598
Globetrotting 6444
The magical 3 figure mark 6872
California Dreaming 6330
21 today! 6367
Another year, another island 7025
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7099
Back to the roots 6334
Island hopping 6006
Gonna party like it's 1999 6117
Farewell to Freddie 6294
The Doctor calls 6371
The Contender today 7450