Bart’s Bash, the Guinness World Record attempt to be the largest ever global sailing regatta, has now officially signed up over 500 sailing clubs across more than 40 countries.
The mass participation sports event, organised by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation and scheduled to take place on September 21st 2014 is a tribute to Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, the British Olympic sailing champion and America’s Cup professional who tragically lost his life in a training accident on San Francisco Bay in May 2013.
Click on the interactive map below to see all the participating clubs from around the world (courtesy of YachtsandYachting.com). The full list can be found at: http://www.bartsbash.co.uk/assf-barts-bash-clubs.
The 500th club to sign up to the race was the Point Yacht Club from Durban in South Africa.
Since its launch, support for this world first event has far surpassed the organisers’ expectations:
The global support for Bart’s Bash has been humbling,” said Foundation Trustee Iain Percy OBE. “We are really excited to announce today that 500 clubs have joined Bart’s Bash and we hope and expect that the number of participants will continue to grow from here to September. One of our core aims is to encourage all clubs to use this as an opportunity to open their doors to non-sailors and non-members alike so that anyone who wants to take part is able to join up. Bart’s Bash will inspire the next generation and boost interest in the sport, and in sailing clubs around the world, while achieving something truly historic.”
Every sailing club in the world can participate by organising a race for amateur and professional sailors of every level and age; all categories of boats, including yachts, dinghies, multihulls and windsurfers can enter. Organisers are also intending to include remote controlled boats and online racing – more details will be available shortly as the plans for this audacious alignment of the sailing world are finalised.
Foundation Trustee Sir Ben Ainslie commented: “The 500th club announcement is a significant milestone as we continue to work on the preparations for this colossal event. Bart’s Bash has been received with great enthusiasm and desire to take part from people and clubs all over the world. Andrew was a true inspiration for those who knew him and those who competed against him; we hope a touch of that magic is reflected in Bart’s Bash, inspiring all sailors across the globe.”
Sailing stars from around the globe have endorsed the project, including two time America’s Cup winner and the youngest ever skipper to have won the America’s Cup Jimmy Spithill, Brazil’s most successful Olympic sailor Robert Schiedt, round-the-world record holder and one of the most decorated offshore sailors Loïck Peyron, Olympic gold medallist and most successful sailor in America’s Cup history with five victories Russell Coutts, and many more. Click on the link to view the ‘Alignment’ video and the sailing stars video messages on the Bart’s Bash YouTube Channel at: youtube.com/bartsbash