to provide a voice for gays and lesbians in the sport of sailing
and to encourage and assist individual sailors, clubs and teams.
You may have already heard of the success
of sailing at the Sydney Gay Games
- Sailing was the first sport to be
fully subscribed in Sydney with
over 50 3-crew keelboat teams entered and there could have been
double that number if there had been more boats available.
- More than 50% of participants were
women and the non-spinnaker division was won by an all female
- Many mixed male and female teams
including the Gold and Bronze medallists in the Open (spinnaker)
- Age range of participants between
- Both sight-impaired and HIV+ competitors
- Competitors came equally from Australasia,
Americas and Europe.
- Highly competitive sailing in all
- All Gay and Lesbian sailing organisations
represented had an increase in membership and awareness because
of the inclusion of sailing in the Gay Games
Why no more sailing?
The Federation of Gay Games has a list of 22 core sports that every
host city must provide. Each city can then nominate up to 8 additional
sports as "demonstration sports" for that event. Sailing was an
additional sport nominated by Sydney.
Time to get organised
- We need to organise an International
body to represent sailing to the Federation of Gay Games
- We need to have a representative
on the Board of Directors of the Games to lobby for sailing
- We need to get sailing on the list
of additional sports for future games as one of the core sports.
- We need to present the organisers
of the future games with a proposal for the inclusion of sailing
that provides a complete solution to the logistical and political
issues that might be raised - venue, boats, organisation, inclusion,
Why sailing should be in the games:
- It enables men and women to compete
in the same team event on equal terms
- You can compete regardless of age
or physical ability, including those with disabilities
- It is healthy and drug free
- It involves skill, tactics, teamwork
and physical effort
- It's an established worldwide sport
that all nations can participate in.
- It provides great branding opportunities
How can you help?
- Register your support by filling
in the GLORY application form for free
The Gay and Lesbian Organisation for Racing
and Yachting (GLORY) is a global organisation dedicated to promoting,
co-ordinating, and supporting gay and lesbian sailing and racing around
the world. GLORY represents teams and organisations world-wide with over
2000 members. We exist to assist individual sailors, clubs and teams in
promoting the sport of sailing among lesbians and gays.
We do this through learn to sail programs,
regatta co-ordination and coaching resources. The governing principals
of GLORY are participation, inclusion and personal best.
We support a wide variety of sailing goals,
from the highly competitive to the recreational.GLORY provides a sense
of community for gay and lesbian sailors, no matter where they live or
with whom they sail. Among our members are those with gay team-mates,
straight team-mates and no team-mates (single-handed) and racing everything
from ocean-going yachts to small dinghies and we also support Paralympic
sailing as part of our Outreach program.
We maintain a global network of sailors
and clubs, and can help to provide contacts for away regattas, training
camps and friendly sailing when away from home. After the rejection of
Montreal, GLORY successfully lobbied for the inclusion of sailing in the
bids for the 2006 Gay Games from both Los Angeles and Chicago (the bid
winner), and will continue to do so for future Gay Games.
Key activities include
- Representing sailing at the Federation
of Gay Games - we serve on a numbe of sports and organisational committees
and will apply for full directorship in 2004.
- Lobbying the Gay Games organisers to
- Assisting in regatta operations
- Sanctioning and promoting regional regattas
- Providing a forum for community and
- Assisting individual sailors, crews
- Developing sailing for gay disabled
and HIV+ sailors
- Encouraging regions where few clubs
exists such as Africa, South America and Asia
- Representing gay sailing to the public
and to international sailing bodies such as the International Sailing
Federation and International Foundation for Disabled Sailing
Temporary Executive Board:
General enquiries should be directed to email@example.com