The organisers of ‘Bart’s Bash’ officially launched their bid to stage the largest sailing race in the world this morning with a 90 second film packed full with some of the greatest and most successful sailors to have sailed the seas. The film, ‘Alignment’, which had been trailed for days previously using the hashtag #thestarsarealigned was put together from start to finish within seven days and demonstrates the worldwide and far reaching support that this ambitious attempt has already attracted.
Sailors appearing in the film include Jimmy Spithill, the youngest ever skipper to win an America’s Cup, Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor in history, Robert Scheidt, the Brazilian winner of 5 medals in 5 Olympic Games, John Bertrand, who skippered the Australia II to victory in the 1983 America’s Cup, ending 132 years of American dominance, the Frenchman Loïck Peyron, the current holder of the Jules Verne Trophy, Fredrik Lööf, the Swede who has appeared in six Olympic games, Paul Cayard, seven time world champion, Xu Lijia, the Chinese Gold medal winner in 2012 and the flag bearer in the closing ceremony and many more, including Iain Percy, Grant Simmer, Nathan Outterridge, Paul Goodison, Shirley Robertson, Tom Slingsby and Xabi Fernandez.
Jez Payne, an event director for Bart’s Bash said of the film “Seven days ago we tested the water. We asked the great and the good of the sailing world, both past and present, to send us a personal message if they felt aligned with Bart’s Bash. This film is just the beginning of what we received. We’ll be sharing more of the films we have been generously given in the coming weeks.’ With reference to the decision to launch the record attempt in this way he said, ‘This has never been done before. This race will be an opportunity for anyone, no matter whoever they are, wherever they are or however old they are to race against the best in the world. It’s like a Saturday league team squaring up against Real Madrid – it’s bonkers and it’s going to be amazing fun. Why wouldn’t you want to have a go at that? Imagine if you could say that you beat Sir Ben Ainslie or Jimmy Spithill….!”
322 clubs worldwide from across 17 countries are currently signed up to participate in Bart’s Bash, and organisers expect this number to grow significantly. There is no deadline for subscribing to be a participating club for the event and anyone interested should email email@example.com for more information. An interactive map displaying the current club involvement for Bart’s Bash can be seen at http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/club/bartsbash.aspx
Later on Saturday organisers will release a document setting out in more detail the background to the event, the progress so far, plans for the future and some early guidelines to help clubs taking part to start their own preparations.
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 notice in order to fit in with the Sailing community’s organisation of calendars for next year. At the detailed launch on 1st February a document will be made public that sums up where we are at this moment. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, Dinghies and Windsurfers?
A. YES! The original plan was for it to be a dinghies event but we have had many, many other people 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 email@example.com 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 – #sailonbart