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Bart's Bash - Sunday 21st September 2014 11:00am BST

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is planning a monster sized attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for 'The Largest Dinghy Sailing Race' in the World Ever, which they are calling 'Bart's Bash'!

The idea is to have a mass participation club race simultaneously across the whole country. We know that pretty much every club in the country has a race on Sunday morning, with all kinds of boats taking part.  The goal is to get everyone participating together to create one big race. If 200 clubs take part, with over 10,000 sailors on the water, all sailors will become new Guinness World Record Holders for dinghy racing in Andrew 'Bart' Simpson's name.

Jez Payne from 'The Bart Project' commented "It is one of those ideas that has huge potential to be a major, major event that absolutely honours the core of what Andrew was about".

South Cerney Sailing Club has registered interest in taking part in this event, and more details will follow.  For now, please save the date and make sure you take part in the biggest start line ever!

About Andrew Simpson and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation

Andrew Simpson was a gold and silver Olympic medallist, an America’s Cup professional and an all round fantastic man who was tragically killed in a training accident on San Francisco Bay in May 2013.

Andrew, or ‘Bart’ to his friends, was the person that everyone turned to for guidance, from beginners to people at the top of their game. Supporting the next generation was something he was extremely passionate about.

Founded by Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy OBE, Andrew’s wife Leah and his sister Amanda, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation will work to honour Andrew’s life and legacy by encouraging youngsters into sailing.

Author: 
Andrew Wallace

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