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) 8417
On trial 7087
Dorothy is dropped 7412
The class is launched 6834
A star is born 6946
First world championships 7042
Competitive high spirits 6796
Antipodean heaven 6488
Globetrotting 6369
The magical 3 figure mark 6775
California Dreaming 6261
21 today! 6286
Another year, another island 6942
New kid on the block, the RS 600 7016
Back to the roots 6258
Island hopping 5943
Gonna party like it's 1999 6037
Farewell to Freddie 6209
The Doctor calls 6296
The Contender today 7349