Bart's Bash reaches 250 clubs
‘Simply incredible’ is how Iain Percy described the news that the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation’s Bart’s Bash has been signing up clubs at a rate of over eight a day and has now surpassed the 250 club mark. This massive early wave of sign-ups all occurred within the first 31 days of the announcement of the World Record attempt on Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson’s birthday, 17 December, just one month ago.
Welsh sailing provided a milestone breakthrough at 200 clubs as Saundersfoot, a small seaside village sailing club in West Wales, signed up to take part in Bart’s Bash.
Established in 1949, Saundersfoot has a deep history of hosting regattas, members’ sailing and a strong youth sailing scene. Sailing Secretary Mick Lightwood commented: "The membership has taken to Bart’s Bash with great enthusiasm, SSC is a small club but with a lot of history and some very keen sailors who turn out each week in a wide variety of dinghys. We are hopefully going to turn the event into an all day social based around the sailing, and from initial suggestions and ideas it will be a big success."
The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation would like to pause, pay tribute and say thank you to everyone who is supporting this event and helping to spread the word. International clubs have so far signed up from Kenya, Australia, Canada, America, Australia, Germany, Singapore and Bulgaria with many more early expressions of interest. As of last night, 16th January, the total number of clubs committed to participate was 257.
Most of these clubs can be seen on the website page dedicated to sharing the list of participating clubs here. This page is updated regularly with the next update scheduled for the Bart's Bash official launch day of 1 February.
Due to take place on Sunday, 21 September, Bart’s Bash is evolving rapidly from the original concept and now includes yachts, dinghies and windsurfers, all competing within a 24 hour event window making the mass participation potential of this event truly staggering. At present with existing 251 clubs, averaging 40 boats, with half of them double handers…. that would equate to more than 15,000 people taking part on the water! Another nine months remain to build what could be the largest participation event across all sports in the UK and one of the largest participation sporting events on earth.
It is a true honour and testament to the legacy of the man who was a friend to us all, Andrew Simpson.