ISAF President Göran PETERSSON and President of Honour HM King Constantine will be joined by some of the stars of the sport to open the Sailing the World exhibition at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne on Wednesday 26 September 2007.
The launch of the exhibition, also hosted in Valencia earlier this year, will be marked by a public discussion focussing on sailing issues, ISAF and the success of Swiss sailing. Amongst the star names lined up are Alain GAUTIER, Stève RAVUSSIN, Dominique WAVRE, Nils FREI
and Bertrand CARDIS.
The celebration to mark the opening the exhibition is free to the public and has been held to link in with ISAF's centenary year.
In the exhibition the Olympic Museum retraces, in this year of the America's Cup and the centenary of the ISAF, the history of sailing through a vast and rich presentation of models, navigation instruments, documentaries and photographs.
Appearing some six thousand years ago, sailing has evolved with techniques and materials in order to adapt to the whims of the wind. Navigation using sails played a decisive role in the discovery of the world and of civilisations. Each era, every culture has sailed, transported, traded, fished, pirated and raced in sailing boats.
The Olympic Museum revisits this timelessness through an historical journey which underlines its impact on human organization. The second part of the exhibition is devoted to sailing as a recreational and competitive sports activity, exploring notably the technological changes that leisure sailing has undergone since the 17th century.
Different themes recount this exciting adventure which is displayed over two levels of the Olympic Museum. On Level 0: the birth and development of sailing; the appearance of the lateen sail, the unprecedented discovery which allowed boats finally to sail after the wind; the great discoveries of the 15th century; the scientific expeditions of the 18th century; the commercial routes of the 19th century, etc. These subjects are embellished by smaller modules concerning winds, maps, navigation instruments, the dangers of the sea and life on board, where one can admire, among other things, a model of Christopher COLUMBUS's Santa Maria, James COOK's uniform or a few unique objects brought back by Antoine DE BOUGAINVILLE from his voyage round the world.
On Level 1, we step into the 20th century, with sails from around the world, leisure sailing, the creation of the International Yacht Racing Union (later renamed the International Sailing Federation) in 1907, and the first Games of the modern era where sailing appeared in 1900. And, in the last zone, the Olympic Museum called upon the EPFL, a partner of Alinghi, the winner of the America's Cup in 2003 and 2007.
The exhibition is open Tuesday-Sunday from 09:00-18:00, from 20 September 2007 to 6 January 2008.