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) 8688
On trial 7391
Dorothy is dropped 7753
The class is launched 7080
A star is born 7185
First world championships 7286
Competitive high spirits 7016
Antipodean heaven 6751
Globetrotting 6578
The magical 3 figure mark 7038
California Dreaming 6479
21 today! 6508
Another year, another island 7172
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7255
Back to the roots 6477
Island hopping 6150
Gonna party like it's 1999 6255
Farewell to Freddie 6438
The Doctor calls 6516
The Contender today 7613