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) 8884
On trial 7590
Dorothy is dropped 7961
The class is launched 7280
A star is born 7396
First world championships 7485
Competitive high spirits 7208
Antipodean heaven 6937
Globetrotting 6780
The magical 3 figure mark 7238
California Dreaming 6680
21 today! 6693
Another year, another island 7377
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7463
Back to the roots 6665
Island hopping 6347
Gonna party like it's 1999 6460
Farewell to Freddie 6639
The Doctor calls 6704
The Contender today 7823