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) 8612
On trial 7281
Dorothy is dropped 7680
The class is launched 7015
A star is born 7121
First world championships 7226
Competitive high spirits 6960
Antipodean heaven 6685
Globetrotting 6523
The magical 3 figure mark 6978
California Dreaming 6423
21 today! 6452
Another year, another island 7108
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7187
Back to the roots 6420
Island hopping 6090
Gonna party like it's 1999 6198
Farewell to Freddie 6379
The Doctor calls 6455
The Contender today 7546