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) 8256
On trial 6927
Dorothy is dropped 7075
The class is launched 6696
A star is born 6803
First world championships 6883
Competitive high spirits 6659
Antipodean heaven 6297
Globetrotting 6235
The magical 3 figure mark 6628
California Dreaming 6142
21 today! 6149
Another year, another island 6794
New kid on the block, the RS 600 6873
Back to the roots 6140
Island hopping 5835
Gonna party like it's 1999 5902
Farewell to Freddie 6055
The Doctor calls 6196
The Contender today 7205