29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 21: Sailing

The Sailing 50p was design by Bruce Rushin.

The Royal Mint London 2012 Sailing 50p coin

Bruce took the following questions onboard.

1) Have you seen your coin ‘in the wild’ yet?

I haven’t come across any of my own design in general use yet. I have picked up a few and am keeping them as an informal collection. I did recently see some packs for sale in a petrol station.

2) Have you heard what the British team think about it?

I also don’t know what the sailing team think of my design – perhaps you could find out!

3) What are you looking forward to in 2012?

I am looking forward to the Games. I was lucky enough to get some tickets for the men’s springboard diving final and I’m excited about seeing the fantastic new architecture and experiencing the excitement of the event.

Bruce has won a Royal Mint competition before, he provided this additional information about himself.

My first success with the Royal Mint was in 1996 when my design for the general circulating £2 coin won a national competition. I divide my time between my day job as a part-time teacher, my own art and design work and a house in France that my wife and I have been renovating for the past eight years. We are also currently trustees of a recently formed charity, The Bure Navigation Conservation Trust, whose aim is to create a continuous footpath along the upper Bure Valley in Norfolk, the site of a canalised navigation between the late 18th century and August 1912, when a great flood destroyed all the locks.

You can find The Bure Navigation Trust on Facebook

About Sailing

The British Sailing team includes multiple gold medal winners. The Team GB website gives some background information about the sport and offers introductions to key team members.

Sailing competition is run in different classes, or types of boats. In any race, only boats of the same class compete against each other.

The 10 classes of boats used in the 2012 Olympic Games are single-handed, double-handed or triple-handed disciplines. The International Sailing Federation selects the classes for each Olympic Games and the classes do, and have, changed over the years.

To find out more, please visit: www.rya.org.uk

Find out more about Sailing

RYA website

British Sailing Team on Twitter

British Sailing Team on Facebook

Get the Sailing 50p

Modern Pentathlon 50p from The Royal MintWe featured Sailing as one of the UK’s 29 official London 2012 50p designs!

You can buy the Sailing 50p from The Royal Mint website.