Rooftop Foyer - The Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RIB)

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A 10 day voyage from Wales to Bexhill then on display in the rooftop foyer of the De La Warr Pavilion

Voyage: 25 June – 5 July. Arrives on Bexhill beach on 5 July beach at 12 noon
Exhibition: A History of the Rigid Inflatable Boat: 5 July – 7 September


In 1962, the visionary educator Kurt Hahn opened the United World College of The Atlantic in South Wales. It brought together young people from all over the globe in the belief that boundaries are broken when people are put in situations of adversity and rescue. With this in mind, and due to the College’s seafront location, the students were asked to become engaged in a service which protects and saves lives. After two years of experimentation and testing, the Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RIB) was launched and became the most successful rescue boat in sea-faring history. The patent was sold to the RNLI for £1 and it has now become the service’s most active Lifeboat and is named after the place of its birth: The Atlantic Class Lifeboat.

The display in the rooftop foyer will map out this amazing story and will also feature one of the original prototype boats. The boat will embark on an epic voyage from St Donats to Bexhill by sea – a 10 day, 550 mile journey and should arrive on Bexhill beach on 5 July at 12 noon.
This will be part of the DLWP’s Dear Serge events on that day.

The journey aims to gain support and awareness for a new commission for the students of Atlantic College – to design a new rescue boat for inland flooding.

The aim of the project is to establish a fund that will allow boat-building to start in earnest and embed itself as key activity within Atlantic College and the wider United World College context.

Find out more about the project’s progress at:

There will be a free talk by Curator Robin Jenkins on the roof of the Pavilion on Sunday 7 September at 12noon. Reservations essential on 01424 229111.

Atlantic College is the founding college of a global education movement, UWC (United World College). Atlantic College is an international residential school based in the UK. Each year, 350 students aged 16 - 19 from over 90 different countries benefit from an excellent International Baccalaureate educational experience. UWC Atlantic College is committed to making education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institute) is the charity that saves lives at sea. The RNLI provides, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service and a seasonal lifeguard service.

Sat 5 Jul 2014-
Sun 7 Sep 2014

Tickets: Free entry

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