Bart's Bash

Aim to set a new record next September for the number of boats simultaneously racing

Tuesday December 24th 2013, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

After a frantic five days following the announcement of the Guinness World Record attempt, we are delighted to announce that Loch Tummel Sailing Club, from the Scottish Highlands, was the 100th club to sign up to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation’s (ASSF) Bart’s Bash.

A spokesman for the club said: ‘‘Loch Tummel SC is very proud to be involved with the ASSF Bart’s Bash and we look forward to getting as many boats out on our beautiful loch as possible. We will have participants ranging from the young sailors in their Oppies to their grandparents in their Flying Fifteens and Yeomans taking part and are really looking forward to doing our bit to break the record.”

The interest in the World Record Attempt has been stunning. ASSF Bart's Bash has been featured widely on websites around the world, on TV and on radio. The event is capturing people’s imagination, as Sir Ben Ainslie hoped it would, however to have 100 clubs signed up and committed is exceeding all our cautious prelaunch estimates with many more clubs coming on board daily.


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 Attempts. 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 days notice - 271 days to go! In order to fit in with the sailing community’s organisation of calendars for next year. At the detailed launch on 1st February, a more thorough document will be made public. For the time being, announcements will be made jointly through the Bart Project Facebookpage, and the ASSF website.

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?

A. YES! The original plan was for it to be a dinghy event but we have had many, many yacht clubs 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 JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island hits 30,000 sailors, we will have to reset the target
probably above 50,000, fivetimes the original goal!

To sign your club up, email: or visit the website at A full list of ASSF Bart’s Bash participating clubs will soon be found on the website. Keep spreading the word #sailonbart

Background Bart’s Bash

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 we are calling ‘Bart’s Bash’!

The idea was born from an article by sailing journalist Andy Rice, who wrote: “I have been wondering if there is a way of having a club race simultaneously across the whole country. Pretty much every club in the country has a race on Sunday morning, with all kinds of boats taking part, why can’t we get all the race results mashed together to create one big national race on a Sunday morning?”

There is a strong team behind Bart’s Bash with tons of enthusiasm to make this a ‘must do event’ and at this stage we are planning to make an official launch with race specifics on 1st February, 2014.

The Foundation will be looking to engage all RYA-affiliated clubs and centres with the race which could generate interest from several hundreds of clubs across the country. 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”.

Sir Ben Ainslie enthused: “We have been overwhelmed with the support from the sailing community for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. We firmly hope this event will inspire sailors, young and old, beginners to professionals, with clubs getting involved to capture people’s imagination and create thousands of Guinness World Record Holders”.

Iain Percy OBE added: “I am positive that it will not only receive enormous support from the UK, but worldwide support too. It’s going to be  a colossal event and a great fun way to get thousands of people on the water at the same time while raising money for the Foundation”.

The date to save for ‘Bart’s Bash’ is Sunday 21st September. There will be a full briefing for clubs and competitors on 1 February.



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