Sailors from the LGBT+ community represented the UK at the Gay Games 2018 winning a Silver Medal.
15 sailors from the LGBT+ community raced keelboats at Le Havre as part of the Gay Games 2018, being held in France.
The UK delegation comprised of 3 teams of men and women racing J80s under the banner of Gay UK Sailing Team (GUST), with the majority of them belonging to the RYA affiliated LGBT+ club ‘The Sailing & Cruising Association’.
They were joined by over 10 000 participants from 91 different nations, 20 of those are nations where homosexuality is still illegal.
David Peachey, Rear Commodore Racing of the S&CA, said: “This is my first time competing at the Gay Games and it is a wonderful experience to represent the UK at this international event. With few LGBT+ sports people that are out, it’s important to show young LGBT+ people that sport and sailing are accessible to them”.
The Gay Games have been held every 4 years since 1982 and aim to bring together people from all walks of life, without discrimination, around the values of diversity, respect, equality, solidarity and sharing. The venue for the 11th Gay Games in 2022 will be Hong Kong.
Reg Kheraj, in the winning crew, said: “It was a great event and winning Silver was unbelievable! I would encourage anyone who wants to get involved in this inclusive and competitive sailing event to get in contact with us”.