In less than two weeks, thousands of sailors across the globe will hit the water to take part in the world’s largest sailing event, Bart’s Bash (17-18 September).
Organised in memory of sailor Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, the event sees hundreds of venues from sailing clubs to windsurfing groups hosting a race which welcomes all, whilst raising funds for charity. Put simply, it’s the day the world goes sailing!
Bart’s Bash, now in its third year, is organised by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF) and so far has more than 1,300 participants and 250 venues signed up to take part. This year it coincides with the end of the Rio 2016 Paralympics sailing event and will be raising funds and awareness for disabled sailing around the world.
Grafham Water Sailing Club are one of the venues signed up for 2016. Peter Saxton Commodore of the Club said: “For us it would be odd not to take part in such a fun and worldwide event. It gives us a good opportunity to help others whilst enjoying our own sport and to work with those who share our water including Graham Water Centre with their younger RYA OnBoard sailors and Grafham Sailability.”
“We’re hoping to have another successful event -there are lots of potential disabled sailors without the means or connections to get out on the water so we want to help them as well.”
ASSF Founding Trustee Sir Ben Ainslie said: “We as a Foundation are delighted to see Bart’s Bash continue to grow as an event, and we’re all looking forward to getting on the water to have some fun in Bart’s name.
If your club would like to take part in Bart’s Bash there is still time to sign up. For more information visit www.bartsbash.com