National Maritime Museum Cornwall Displays Ben Ainslie Olympic Gold Winning Boat

. August 20, 2012 . 0 Comments

National Maritime Museum Cornwall is to display Ben Ainslie Olympic Gold winning boat ‘Rita’ from 21 August. Finn class Rita and Ainslie have won won three Olympic Gold medals, in Athens, Beijing and London.

Rita’s home, when she’s away from Ben, has been the Maritime Museum in Falmouth, along with Ben’s gold medal winning Laser from the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Visitors will soon be able to see all of Ben’s gold medal winning boats in the main hall of the Museum forming an installation in honour of what Cornwall’s great man has achieved.

Ben Lumby, Exhibitions Manager at the Maritime Museum says: “We’re here to celebrate the sea, boats and Cornwall and what better story to tell than that of Ben and Rita. We are so proud, and still a little hoarse from screaming at the TV! We streamed all the Olympic action on the water in our lecture theatre and there were times when I thought the roof was going to lift off – the passion of support was incredible.

“Having Rita back home completes Ben’s Olympic Gold medal winning story and we know our visitors will be delighted to see and touch his medal winning boats. We already have his Laser here, in which he won his first Gold medal in Sydney. Not many people know that Ben used the same finn in all three recent Olympics.We do not know of any other actual boat that has won three consecutive Golds as sailors prefer to have a new one if they can.

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