This year’s event
Over the weekend of 17-18 September, sailors worldwide will take to the water to be part of the world’s largest sailing event Bart’s Bash. Now in its third year, Bart’s Bash sees hundreds of sailing venues across the globe from sailing clubs to windsurfing groups, hosting a mass participation club race and raising funds for charity in memory of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson.
Organised by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF) and supported by Bart’s closest friends and family, so far the event has seen more than 40,000 people taking part in 62 countries. This year it has been extended across two days so there will be even more opportunities to get involved and it will also coincide with the end of the Rio 2016 Paralympics sailing event.
Also for the first time the RYA and the ASSF will be working together to raise funding and support for disabled sailing across the globe.
Why get involved
There are already more than 250 clubs signed up to take part this year from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Austria and with Bart’s closet friends and family throwing their weight behind the event why wouldn’t you want to play a part of it?
It’s also the only sailing event in the world which allows you to race and possibly beat sailing legends such as Sir Ben Ainslie (who last year came 3601st sailing a 49er with Land Rover BAR sailor Matt Cornwell).
Grafham Water Sailing Club
Grafham Water Sailing Club in Cambridgeshire have been taking part in the event since the beginning in 2014 and last year they hosted a fun boat relay with nine teams going head to head.
Peter Saxton, Commodore of the sailing club explains: “For us it would be odd not to take part in such a fun and worldwide event. It gives us a good opportunity to help others whilst enjoying our own sport and to work with those who share our water including Graham Water Centre with their younger RYA OnBoard sailors and Grafham Sailability.
“It’s important for us to be able to encourage everyone to take part so we add a special start for the less experienced racers. Last year for many youngsters it was their very first experience in a racing environment.
“The atmosphere has been buzzing and we raised over £500 so this September we’re hoping to have another successful event -there are lots of potential disabled sailors without the means or connections to get out on the water so we want to help them as well.”
NOW is the time to help continue Bart’s legacy. Sign your club up to Bart’s Bash at www.bartsbash.com and make this the event where you help inspire more people into this amazing sport and help support a great cause.
There’s no minimum numbers required and no paper work. You just need to hold your normal club race, measure a course and submit your results.
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