Bart’s Bash 'The Second Sail' is on the horizon!
According to the just-announced final figures, Bart’s Bash involved an incredible 30,717 sailors in over 60 countries. Organisers of the huge fundraising event have also said that details of Bart’s Bash 2 – ‘The Second Sail’ – will be announced on December 17th this year.
This vast number of sailors took part in the global sailing race held in memory of a British Olympic sailing champion Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, who was killed training for the America's Cup in 2013. The mass sailing event took place on 21st September this year.
Over 500 UK clubs participated
In what has been confirmed as one of the world's largest sailing events ever, Barts Bash
involved sailors at more than 500 clubs in the UK took part in the simultaneous races.
A spokesman for Bart’s Bash said: "At no point could we ever have expected more than 500 clubs in more than 60 countries to embrace the idea of getting on the water, racing, having fun and celebrating everything Bart stood for."
In total, 16,870 boats took part in the inaugural Bart's Bash and collectively sailed 87,072,769 metres.
Overall winners were; Hans Wallen sailing at Cape Crow Yacht Club in Sweden in a M32 Catamaran, Riccardo Macchiavello sailing at Circolo Nautico Rapallo in Italy in an Altura 1101 and Grant Piggott sailing at Weston Sailing Club in Great Britain in a Nacra 17.
For the final results table please visit http://www.bartsbash.co.uk/results/table
Each sailing club sailed a Bart's Bash race at their location which needed to be at least 1km and last more than 15 minutes. In the UK, races took place at the Southampton Boat Show and the Clipper Race Yacht Club in Gosport, Hampshire, and one at Port St Mary in the Isle of Man.
To date more than £290,000 has been raised for the charity the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. A sailing centre – the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre at Weymouth & Portland - has been opened in memory of the Olympic sailor – find out all about it here.
To view a video showing the highlights of the day please visit http://youtu.be/NxOC8ICaqPI
Watch this poignant RYA video that summaries Andrew Simpson's life and achievements in sailing: