The Invictus Games is an international adaptive multi-sport event for wounded, sick and injured service men and women.
The word ‘Invictus’ means Unconquered. According to the event organisers, the Invictus Games ‘embodies the fighting spirit of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and personifies what these tenacious men and women can achieve post injury.’
Created by Prince Harry after being inspired by an event for wounded veterans that he attended in the United States, the Foundation promotes the importance of sport and physical activity in the rehabilitation journey of wounded, injured and ill service members and veterans.
The 4th Invictus Games will be held in Sydney Australia from October 20 – 27, 2018. This year’s event brings together 500 competitors from 18 nations to compete in a variety of sports, including sailing.
Sailing at the Invictus Games
The sailing events will be run from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia with spectators able to view from the Sydney Harbour foreshore near the Royal Botanic Gardens.
There will be two sailing divisions held during the games; a team event in the Elliott 7 keel boats and an individual event in Hansa 303s. Each participating nation is allowed to enter up to two teams per sailing event.
The Elliott 7 team even will be sailed by mixed crews of 4, with each team being allocated a World Sailing accredited instructor for onboard guidance and safety, bringing the total on-board crew to 5.
The race format is windward leeward courses with either 2 or 3 laps per course. There will be a qualifying stage with the 6 top boats in each division moving to the final medal race.
Find out more about the Invictus Games
Visit the official Invictus Games website to find out how you can take in some of the action or donate to the event: https://www.invictusgames2018.org/.