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) 8804
On trial 7501
Dorothy is dropped 7879
The class is launched 7198
A star is born 7298
First world championships 7400
Competitive high spirits 7129
Antipodean heaven 6861
Globetrotting 6692
The magical 3 figure mark 7153
California Dreaming 6599
21 today! 6614
Another year, another island 7299
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7385
Back to the roots 6587
Island hopping 6266
Gonna party like it's 1999 6374
Farewell to Freddie 6550
The Doctor calls 6625
The Contender today 7738