In 2001 the Gay UK Sailing Team (GUST) was formed and early in 2002 with support from S&CA embarked on a heavy training program in 23' Hunter 707 sportsyachts under the guidance and coaching of Cathy Foster, the first woman helm in the Olympics and IYRU Champion, for the 2002 Gay Games in Sydney in which they entered four teams:
Gust Do It
Gust Superheroes - the crew were dressed as Spiderman Superman and Wonderwoman
The team Gusty Springfield was eliminated in the 2nd heat and two teams Gust Do It and Gust Superheroes made it into the finals. Gust Do it were pipped at the post on the last race for the bronze medal - they needed to finish 2 places ahead of Gust Superheroes to win the bronze, but in the end were only one place ahead, and it was a photo finish! Gust Superheroes got the bronze medal and GUST won the overall team silver medal.
A couple of GUST teams went to Chicago in 2006 and S&CA members were part of at least 8 of the teams competing in the Gay Games in Cologne in 2010 due to some teams having various mixed nationalities, where Team Gusty Springfield won the silver medal and an S&CA member won the bronze. The September 2010 NewsBuoy has the full story with pictures and is available in the Members Area.
We were hoping to send at least one team to the Gay Games in Cleveland in August 2014 but logistics overruled.
The 2002 Euro Gay Cup was won by GUST team Gust Do It which meant the UK would host the following year's competition so in 2003 this was held at Cowes under the burgee of the Island Sailing Club.
The 2006 Euro Gay Cup was held in Paris and won by a joint French / British team which included a GUST member and so in 2007 the event was held in UK at Brighton under S&CA with SailnetUK and sponsorship from Barclays.
Gusty Springfield won the Cup and S&CA hosted the 2008 event again at Brighton also with help from SailnetUK and Barclays. UK won yet again with another S&CA team but participants felt it was time the event went somewhere else and in 2009 it was held at Vinkeveen in the Netherlands.
The last EU Gay Cup was raced for in 2011 and won by Holland. 2012 was cancelled but we were hoping for an event in 2013.
In 2005 a Rear Commodore Racing position was created within S&CA and GUST folded into S&CA around 2009 as S&CA was supporting racing seriously and there was no need for a separate organisation.
Ed Hall's fantastic Prima 38 in black "Night Owl", crossing the Atlantic in the ARC 2006, winner of the JOG Offshore Series in 2009, Second in the JOG Inshore Series in 2010, 10th in Class Fastnet 2011 and winning a number of races during the seasons including Line Honours in the St. Peter Port race to Guernsey, generated a strong team of S&CA racing boys and girls and was sorely missed when the boat was sold in 2011.
In fact so much so that in 2014 a consortium of regular racers bought another one, a Mark Mills designed MAT 12 in white which they have named "Night Owl 2" and operate as a syndicate to enable everyday folk to join in the fun on an equal footing. Having had a successful offshore campaign in 2015, then focusing on inshore day and weekend series racing around the Solent area in 2016, the next campaign is mixing both inshore and offshore series for 2017 including a Fastnet entry. There is even a photograph of the boat displayed in Southampton airport at Gate 3. If this gets you excited you could seek an opportunity to go for a discovery day with them to see how it works and meet the team.
Contact them at the Night Owl Website