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) 8130
On trial 6782
Dorothy is dropped 6920
The class is launched 6567
A star is born 6656
First world championships 6728
Competitive high spirits 6522
Antipodean heaven 6154
Globetrotting 6102
The magical 3 figure mark 6444
California Dreaming 6020
21 today! 6010
Another year, another island 6670
New kid on the block, the RS 600 6753
Back to the roots 5999
Island hopping 5732
Gonna party like it's 1999 5788
Farewell to Freddie 5915
The Doctor calls 6080
The Contender today 7078