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What is Bart’s Bash?
Bart’s Bash, launched in 2014, is the world’s largest sailing event that is run by sailing clubs, community sailing programmes, sail training centres, yacht clubs, scout groups, sea cadets and even groups of sailors, all around the world.Bart’s Bash is an exciting event for the Andrew Simpson Foundation and the worldwide sailing community. It can be used to encourage participation at your venue, introduce new people to our sport and give people the excitement of entering a global sailing event.
The first Bart’s Bash inspired over 700 sailing clubs from more than 60 different countries to take part in their own individual Bart’s Bash race at their location, helping to encourage more people to get on the water and enjoy a day’s racing. In January 2015, Bart’s Bash was awarded a Guinness World Record for staging the largest sailing race in 24 hours.
In 2018, we would love it if we could inspire even more people to get involved and hopefully beat that record.
HOW TO TAKE PART IN BART’S BASH 2018
1 | Nominate the “Event Organiser”. This person is going to be the main point of contact between your venue and the Bart’s Bash team, any notifications and information will go through them. If it isn’t you, please let us know who it is.
2 | Register your venue on www.bartsbash.com. Each venue will be able to set its own page up and customise it with photos, news stories and race details.
3 | Using our resources, encourage your entire membership to enter the race, this is a global participation event after all.
4 | Ensure that there is the normal team of race officers, safety crew and (for Guinness) 2 independent witness’ who are fully briefed on the notice of race and race requirements prior to the day. Ensure that there is a list of all entries and that the list is updated with people entering on the day.
5 | Send us all your results and all supporting documents and statements, including photos and videos from the event WITHIN 10 days of the race.
6 | Make the most of your local press. Shout about your club’s involvement as much as you can and encourage everyone to come sailing.
For all enquiries regarding fundraising and how you and/or your club can make a difference to the Andrew Simpson Foundation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
FUNDRAISE FOR YOUR OWN VENUE OR PROJECT
Since its inception, the event has successfully raised funds for the ASF which in turn has helped a huge number of sailing projects across the world. We would still encourage and appreciate people to consider making a donation to the ASF.
This year, participating sailing venues will have the opportunity to raise funds for their own sailing projects, using the Bart’s Bash event as a fundraising platform.
Anyone wishing to continue to raise funds through Bart’s Bash to support the Andrew Simpson Foundation will still exist as an option. Funds raised directly for the ASF will enable the Foundation to continue increasing participation and improving young people lives through sailing.