For the first time sailing is one of the 11 sports to feature in the Invictus Games which will be held in Sydney from 20th to 27th October 2018.
The Invictus Games is an international multi-sport event open to wounded, injured and sick (WIS) serving personnel and veterans set up by Prince Harry.
Over the weekend of 9th-10th March training events for UK Team sailing hopefuls took place at Rutland Sailing Club, Oakham and Whitefriars Sailing Club, Gloucestershire, offering hopefuls the opportunity to get out on the water and to have a go at sailing in a range of adapted boats.
The UK Team is being selected, trained and developed by military charity Help for Heroes.
RYA Sailability Manager Joff McGill said: “We’re delighted that Sailability is able to support Help for Heroes to coordinate Team UK for sailing. It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase how inclusive the sport is and we look forward to supporting Team UK as they compete in the finals in Sydney Harbour this October”.
The boat classes for Team UK are the Elliot7 and the Hansa 303 and five sailors will be confirmed after the Invictus Games Sailing Selection Trails held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) on the 28th-29th March.
For more information about the Invictus Games visit: https://www.invictusgames2018.org/Follow