Medal Winners: Hall of Fame

This new exhibition celebrates British success in water sports at the Olympic and Paralympic games.

In recent years Britain has earned an enviable record in both sailing and rowing at the Olympic Games, with gold medal winners such as Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent and Sir Ben Ainslie now household names, but these are by no means the only medal winners.

At London 2012 Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott won gold in the Men’s C2 Canoe Slalom and the Museum will be displaying the canoe they paddled to victory. In fact Team GB won gold and silver in this event with Baillie and Stott beating fellow Brits David Florence and Richard Houslow by just one third of a second.

The exhibition will also feature three dinghies raced to gold medal success by their respective helmsmen: Rodney Pattison’s Superdocious, which he sailed to victory in the two-man Flying Dutchman class in 1968 and two dinghies, a Laser and a Finn both call Rita, in which Sir Ben Ainslie’s achieved his unprecedented four gold medals, making him the most successful Olympic sailor of all time.

Medal Winners:Hall of Fame is open from 4 July until 2 January at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth.