Racing for Gold

Olympic-themed display

12 May 2012 to 20 January 2013

Please note that this display has now closed

four rowers in a race

Sir Steve Redgrave (in white framed sunglasses) during competition, 2000. © Peter Spurrier, Intersport Images

Racing for Gold was a display of three racing craft which reflected the dynamic sailing and rowing scene in north west of England.

Rowing and sailing were introduced at the Paris Olympics in 1900. Since then, teams from Great Britain have enjoyed great success in both sports.

Regional activity provides the foundation for success at national and international level competition, the Olympics being the pinnacle of sporting achievement. Local sailing and rowing clubs are crucial in providing opportunities for future Olympians to develop their skills and experience on the water.

Follow these links to find out more about the three craft that were on display in Racing for Gold, and find out more about sailing and rowing clubs in the UK.

A Sporting Celebration

This display was supported by the UK Border Force National Museum.

A Sporting Celebration, a special display about the role of the UK Border Force during the London 2012 Olympic Games, which accompanied Racing for Gold, was in the Seized! gallery in the basement of the museum from 2 June 2012 until January 2013.

Further information

Find out more about sailing and rowing clubs in the UK.