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) 8170
On trial 6833
Dorothy is dropped 6972
The class is launched 6608
A star is born 6704
First world championships 6777
Competitive high spirits 6576
Antipodean heaven 6199
Globetrotting 6146
The magical 3 figure mark 6518
California Dreaming 6064
21 today! 6057
Another year, another island 6717
New kid on the block, the RS 600 6794
Back to the roots 6061
Island hopping 5773
Gonna party like it's 1999 5828
Farewell to Freddie 5961
The Doctor calls 6122
The Contender today 7127