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On the penultimate weekend of September 2017 thousands of sailors from all over the world set sail for the largest sailing race in the world – Bart’s Bash. The multi-venue event took place in 80 countries, and not only included sailing and yacht club members, but also windsurfing clubs, sea cadets, and even scout groups. It is an annual timed event that stretches across one nautical mile, and has been verified as ‘The largest sailing race in the world’ by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Even Snowboarders Start Sailing
Bart’s Bash is known around the globe for making sailing accessible and more attractive to sailing enthusiasts of all abilities and ages. Like Eric Aquino, aged 30. Aquino’s sport of choice was snowboarding and he had never been near the ocean. But after Aquino heard stories about sailing from Brazilian sailors, he moved to Australia where he took part in the race for the first time this year.
In Honour of a Celebrated Sailor
Founded in 2014 Bart’s Bash was launched to honour Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, an English sailor and Olympic medallist who tragically passed away in a sailing accident during his training for the America’s Cup of 2013. Yacht club training manager Chris Kelly said that Bart’s Bash is about remembering a good person who was tragically taken. Sailing executive officer Andy Fethers, who was training alongside Simpson before the accident, said that the sailor’s death was a shock. According to Fethers Simpson brought a lot of energy to the sport and the day he died was tragic.
Simpson’s Legacy for a Great Cause
The annual event is a wonderful legacy for a legendary man. This year the funds that were raised were allocated to help communities and sailing programs that were affected by Hurricane Irma to rebuild. Simpson would certainly have been proud of this worthy cause.