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Bart’s Bash attracts over 100 clubs in 5 days!

After a frantic and inspiring five days of enthusiasm following the announcement of the Guinness World Record attempt, we are delighted to announce that Loch Tummel Sailing Club, from the Scottish Highlands, was the 100th club to sign up to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation’s (ASSF) Bart’s Bash.

A spokesman for the club said ‘‘Loch Tummel SC is very proud to be involved with the ASSFBart’s Bash and we look forward to getting as many boats out on our beautiful loch as possible. We will have participants ranging from the young sailors in their Oppies to their grandparents in their Flying Fifteens and Yeomans taking part and are really looking forward to doing our bit to break the record.” The photo attached to this post is the view over the aforementioned Loch Tummel – not a bad part of the world…!

The interest in the announcement of the World Record Attempt has been pretty unbelievably stunning. ASSF Bart’s Bash has been featured widely on websites around the world, on TV and on Radio. The event is truly capturing people’s imagination, as Sir Ben Ainslie hoped it would, however to have 100 clubs signed up and committed is exceeding all our cautious pre launch estimates – with many more clubs coming on board daily. Thank you to everyone who has retweeted, shared, emailed, blogged, broadcast and spoken about this event – could it become the biggest sailing event in the world… ever??? Please keep supporting us and letting everyone know.

Questions and Answers

Q. When can we get more details?

A. The Bart’s Bash team are working through the process with Guinness to finalise the World Record Attempt/s. To provide a rough guide, we do not envisage having a comprehensive level of detail until Spring, however we announced this event with plenty of days notice – 271 days to go! in order to fit in with the Sailing community’s organisation of calendars for next year. At the detailed launch on 1st February a more thorough document will be made public. For the time being, announcements will be made jointly through the Bart Project Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thebartproject and the ASSF website. Journalists who wish to be included in the mailing list for press releases should contact jez@thebartproject.com

Q. Is the event global?

A. Absolutely, but the Guinness World Record rules will be very strict and specific, which at the moment includes a consistent start time at 11am BST, so Sydney will just have to put the floodlights on….

Q. Is the ASSF Bart’s Bash going to include Yachts?

A. YES! The original plan was for it to be a dinghies event but we have had many, many Yacht Clubs wishing to take part. ASSF Bart’s Bash is now set to be a world first event – embracing the concept of sailors racing each other from clubs across the country, racing across continents and racing across the categories of boats; from dinghies to yachts to multihulls. We will be investigating the Guinness Records for the largest Yachting events, The UK Round the Island hits 30,000 sailors, we will have to re set the target probably above 50,000, five times the original goal!

To sign your club up, email tim@bartsbash.co.uk or visit the website at www.bartsbash.co.uk. A full list of ‘ASSF Bart’s Bash’ participating clubs will soon be found at www.bartsbash.co.uk. Keep spreading the word – use the hashtag #sailonbart