Dorset's Polly Durrant's design will be representing the Bart's Bash World record attempt

A competition-winning logo has been chosen to

represent the attempt by the Andrew Simpson Sailing

Foundation (ASSF) to set a Guinness World Record for the largest-ever sailing race.

‘Bart’s Bash’ will see yachts, dinghies and windsurfers racing at hundreds of locations across the world simultaneously on 21 September 2014 at 11am (BST) in memory of double Olympic medallist and America’s Cup sailor Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson.

More than 65 entries were received for the Bart’s Bash logo hunt from

a broad field including professional graphic designers, adults and children as

young as five.

Voting was open to

anyone, from anywhere, and the process followed stated that the three logos receiving

the most public votes would be put before the ASSF trustees for their casting

vote.

Jez Payne, founder of The

Bart Project and an ASSF trustee said, ‘It was a tough call, the designs in the

final shortlist all had elements that we loved.

‘We chose our winner because it was simple, instantly

recognisable, had international reach and included elements from the Star and

Finn class logos, both areas that Andrew was closely linked to’.

Both of the international class sailing

associations have endorsed the new logo whole heartedly.

In memory of Andrew

The winning designer, Polly Durrant,

from Dorchester, Dorset said: ‘I am genuinely delighted and honoured to have had my

design chosen as the official logo for Bart’s Bash.

‘I was lucky enough to meet Andrew; his enthusiasm and energy

were infectious, his compassion and respect for team mates and competitors

obvious – it is wonderful to see this reflected in the work of the Andrew

Simpson Sailing Foundation and The Bart Project.

‘My decision to enter the

competition and make this small contribution was very much inspired by the

‘give it a try’ ethos of the Foundation, and encouraging anyone to get involved

is something I am very much behind.

‘By opening up this opportunity to the wider

public, the Foundation has captured the imagination of all ages and abilities –

what better way to represent Bart than that?’

The

ASSF is very grateful to all those who took the time and effort to create and

submit a design, and particularly delighted that so many school children

entered.

Andrew was very keen on

supporting and inspiring the next generation and this is a core value of the

Foundation.

The

new Bart’s Bash logo is now being put to work branding the document that will

officially launch the race.

‘Something special’ to be announced

A big announcement regarding the event is expected to be made this Saturday, 1 February.

Keep up to date through the Bart Project Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thebartproject and the ASSF

website.

To sign your club up,

email tim@bartsbash.co.uk or visit the website at www.bartsbash.co.uk