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Bart's Bash - the largest sailing race in the world

Take part this year in the largest sailing race in the world, connecting sailing communities across the globe in an annual mass participation campaign: together transforming lives through sailing.

Bart’s Bash is the flagship annual event of the Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF), inspired by Olympic Gold and Silver medalist Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson MBE who passionately believed that everyone should have the chance to try sailing and enjoy the many benefits that it brings.

The ASF is all about continuing Bart’s legacy and Bart’s Bash captures this perfectly. Every year the global sailing community comes together and since its inception the event has inspired thousands of people onto the water.Bart’s Bash is now the world’s largest mass participation sailing event and is run by 100’s of local sailing clubs, centres and 1000’s sailors in different classes of boat from all over the globe. The Foundation have created the platform for sailing clubs, centres and groups to enter the world’s largest sailing race and every sailor from grassroots to the greatest, takes part in a race at their local venue on the same date, all gaining a result in this all-inclusive event.

To date Bart’s Bash has seen over 70,000 individuals participate across 81 countries.

This is a fantastic opportunity to encourage participation at your venue, introduce new people to our sport and give people the excitement of entering a global event.

This year Bart’s Bash takes place on 14 - 15 September 2019 and is open to all sailing clubs, yacht clubs, schools, universities, scout groups, sea cadets, windsurfing clubs, individuals and any venue globally that can host a race and is inspired to take part. Each individual event is organised by a venue and organising authority for all activities at the site.Use Bart’s Bash as your mass participation event platform and fundraise for the Andrew Simpson Foundation or your own club, venue or community project. Since its inception, the event has successfully raised funds for the ASF which in turn has helped a huge number of sailing projects in our local communities and across the world and we encourage our supporters to consider making a donation to the ASF.

Bart’s Bash 2019 welcomes Biggest Little Boat Bash!

This year, Bart’s Bash is entering a new category into the regatta for radio control (RC) model yacht boats and will be welcoming RC sailors around the globe to take part in the Biggest Little Boat Bash.

Any RC sailors competing can make a donation to the ASF at any time and all funds raised will go towards the ASF SailFit program, an initiative created to help tackle inactivity through the sport of sailing.

Visit to register to participate in the world’s largest sailing event and sign up to receive the latest Bart’s Bash event updates, guide and resources and connect with your wider sailing community! #sailonbart Email:

More progress has been made possible this year by new event supporters Decathlon and Salesforce. If you’d like to find out more about exclusive partnership and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sally Turner, ASF Partnership and Communications Manager

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