Invictus Games 500 Days To Go: CYCA to play host venue role as sailing enters Games

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  • By Ross Macdonald
  • 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00
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The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) has been confirmed as an official venue for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 after the announcement today that sailing will debut in next year’s event.

The CYCA’s Rushcutters Bay site will provide a harbour base for competitors, families, supporters and media during the fourth Invictus Games that will be staged from 20-27 October 2018.

More than 500 competitors from 18 nations will compete in ten different adaptive sports across Greater Sydney, including Sydney Olympic Park and on and around Sydney Harbour. Close to a thousand family and friends are expected to accompany the active and veteran service personnel who travel to Sydney to compete.

Speaking on the confirmation of the CYCA’s participation, Patrick Kidd OBE, CEO of Invictus Games Sydney 2018 said:

“Sailing is a fantastic sport for people of all abilities and Sydney Harbour is a spectacular location for racing. We welcome the support of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and its members whose hospitality will ensure competitors, their families and friends have a wonderful time whether they are racing or on shore."  

The upcoming edition of the Invictus Games will feature sailing for the first time with CYCA supporting the development of the Australian Invictus Games sailing squad by providing elite Youth Sailing Academy coaches. The club’s fleet of ten Elliott racing boats will also be utilised for competition alongside the boats, facilities and expertise of other local clubs including Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.

CYCA Commodore John Markos commented:

“We look forward to playing a key role in what will be a particularly exciting edition of the Invictus Games with sailing’s involvement for the first time. Sailing is of course at the heart of everything we do and to see the sport grow into the games, taking forward its values of sportsmanship, team work and skill, and competed here on Sydney Harbour, is momentous.”

Commodore Markos added, “Our Harbour provides an iconic backdrop for any competition. We’re looking forward to offering our facilities to participants, their supporters and family for what is certain to be a landmark edition of the Invictus Games.”

Founded by Prince Harry, the Invictus Games uses the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women, both active and veteran. It also highlights the crucial role of the family and friends who support them.

The sailing schedule for the Games is yet to be finalised but organisers are delighted to have the CYCA on board as a host venue.

Kick-starting the excitement as part of today’s official launch a fleet of CYCA members will take to the water as a spectator fleet hosting the family and friends of the active and veteran service personnel racing on the Harbour in a demonstration of adaptive sailing.

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