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) 8221
On trial 6892
Dorothy is dropped 7033
The class is launched 6659
A star is born 6762
First world championships 6840
Competitive high spirits 6629
Antipodean heaven 6255
Globetrotting 6207
The magical 3 figure mark 6586
California Dreaming 6111
21 today! 6118
Another year, another island 6769
New kid on the block, the RS 600 6847
Back to the roots 6117
Island hopping 5812
Gonna party like it's 1999 5876
Farewell to Freddie 6016
The Doctor calls 6167
The Contender today 7175