The inaugural Bart’s Bash, the Guinness World Record attempt for the Largest Sailing Race in the World, and fundraising event organised by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, will take place globally with races scheduled to be held between 0.00 and 23.59 GMT on 21st September 2014.
The event is set to break the world record for the Largest Sailing Race (24 hours) with 10,000+ sailors from 700+ clubs in 60+ countries already signed up online at bartsbash.co.uk.
The aim of Bart’s Bash is to remember Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, to inspire a new generation of sailors, to encourage clubs to open their doors and to fundraise for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. All the funds raised through Bart’s Bash will support the development and delivery of the Foundation’s charitable programmes internationally. These programmes have Bart’s and the Olympic values at their heart, and are currently being developed and tested at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre. Pilot programmes are also being tested in Bermuda and South Africa.
In Australia, so far 23 clubs have signed up. You can see the list here if you would like to take part. Three New Zealand clubs are participating – see the list here. There is still time for clubs to take part – all it requires is to have an organised sailing event during the scheduled 24 hours.