The RYA’s ‘Our Sporting Life – Sail for Gold’ exhibition continues its tour of the UK.

Sail for gold heritage exhibitionThe exhibition showcases a celebration of over 112 years of British Olympic and Paralympic sailing heritage allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the triumph and glory of our sailing past at this extraordinary exhibition celebrating Britain’s unique Olympic and Paralympic sailing legacy.

Hosted by the RYA, in association with Our Sporting Life, you will discover how Britain cemented its place as the world’s most successful Olympic and Paralympic sailing nation through the captivating anecdotes, photographs and keepsakes of those heroes who made sailing history.

From ‘yachting’s’ debut as an Olympic sport at Paris 1900 to Britain’s record-breaking medal haul at Beijing 2008, the exhibition lets you into the secrets behind the success, including how the boats’ and the sailors themselves have changed dramatically over time.

“Past Olympic and Paralympic sailors including legend Rodney Pattisson, Keith Musto, Andy Cassell and Alistair Currey having all very kindly shared with us some great items for the exhibition and we are delighted to be able to share these with all the exhibition visitors”, explains Celia Edgington, Sail for Gold co-ordinator.

Triple Olympic gold and silver medallist Ben Ainslie, who caught a sneak peak of the exhibition earlier in the year said: “It is hugely inspiring. As a child growing up you heard about your heroes, but to see all the photos and memorabilia is hugely inspirational.  It gives you a lot of pride in our sailing heritage which is important, especially for the younger generation to see what support the sailors now have in particular compared with how it was in the past.”

The exhibition dates
March 10-April 10 Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Waterloo, Liverpool
May 3-June 24 National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth, Cornwall
July 27-August 12 Weymouth Bayside Festival, Weymouth and Portland
September 15-30 Brightlingsea Sailing Club, Colchester, Essex