I admit, this is probably stretching the term ‘bench’ rather far!
Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum has an amazing display of boats suspended from the ceiling so they look like they’re floating in the air. If that wasn’t bizarrely wonderful enough, there’s a surprise when you look through the boats at a certain point. This mannequin looks very real at first sight!
Work on the trapeze when sailing requires fitness and skill. I’m not a great sailor (having spent more time windsurfing) but I loved it on there, arched over the water with nothing but your feet on the boat, your stomach muscles working full time and the wire above keeping you from falling in the water!
Behind the 2012 Finn class dinghy is Sydney 2000’s Laser 🙂
Having spent the summer of 2012 on a complete high or on the verge of tears over the Olympics/Paralympics, I admit I had the same mixture of emotions when I spotted Sir Ben Ainslie’s Finn and Laser dinghies last December. Having sailed a Laser dinghy a few times, I know how feisty they can be! I have complete admiration for Falmouth’s favourite son, quadruple gold medal winner (not forgetting 1 silver) and the first official torch bearer of the 2012 Olympic torch relay 🙂
Traditional narrowboats are famous for their brightly coloured canal art. Boat doors and utensils such as cans and spoons are covered with the ‘Roses and Castles’ form. The sides of boats often have stripes and the pictured diamond motif.
This picture was taken at one of the display boats inside the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port.