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29 November 2007, 11:01 am
Sail the World Exhibition
The 8 Metres at the 1936 Olympic Regatta
Discover more about sailing's past at the Sailing the World exhibition

Sailing The World
Lausanne, Switzerland

In the centenary year of ISAF, the Olympic Museum retraces, in its two exhibition zones, the history of sailing through a vast and rich presentation of models, navigation instruments, documentaries and photographs.
The Olympic Museum in Lausanne is hosting the Sailing The World exhibition from 20 September 2007-6 January 2008. ISAF President Göran PETERSSON and President of Honour HM King Constantine attended the launch of the exhibition back in September. The exhibition, previously hosted in Valencia during the 32nd America's Cup, is open Tuesday-Sunday from 09:00-18:00.

Educational Programme

To accompany the exhibition, the Olympic Museum has published an educational kit available in French, English and German).

Click here to find out more details and download the educational kit from the IOC website.

About the Exhibition

Appearing some 6,000 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 organisation. 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. 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 (renamed the International Sailing Federation in 1996) 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. Because in the world of the America's Cup, it is state-of-the-art technology that makes a boat a winning boat!

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