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) 8306
On trial 6977
Dorothy is dropped 7128
The class is launched 6744
A star is born 6846
First world championships 6937
Competitive high spirits 6710
Antipodean heaven 6351
Globetrotting 6279
The magical 3 figure mark 6676
California Dreaming 6183
21 today! 6199
Another year, another island 6842
New kid on the block, the RS 600 6925
Back to the roots 6185
Island hopping 5871
Gonna party like it's 1999 5949
Farewell to Freddie 6105
The Doctor calls 6230
The Contender today 7255