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) 8854
On trial 7560
Dorothy is dropped 7926
The class is launched 7253
A star is born 7356
First world championships 7451
Competitive high spirits 7180
Antipodean heaven 6907
Globetrotting 6744
The magical 3 figure mark 7200
California Dreaming 6655
21 today! 6664
Another year, another island 7349
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7433
Back to the roots 6637
Island hopping 6316
Gonna party like it's 1999 6429
Farewell to Freddie 6600
The Doctor calls 6674
The Contender today 7790