Bart's Bash is due to launch on 1 February 2014

Preparations are underway for the largest-ever dinghy sailing race to be held in memory of Olympian Andrew Simpson.

The sporting event, dubbed ‘Bart’s Bash’, is due to launch on 1 February 2014 and aims to make it into the Guinness World Records book.

It is being organised in memory of the America’s Cup sailor and double Olympic medallist, who was nicknamed ‘Bart’ by his friends and colleagues.

Simpson tragically died in May this year, aged 36, while training for the 34th

Americas Cup.

A sailing charity to benefit children, set up in his memory, is going from strength to strength and recently named Ferndown First School pupils Harry

Burton and Sydney Tabor as the first ‘Andrew Simpson Sports Ambassadors’.

Find and like ‘Bart’s Bash’ on the social networking site Facebook to stay up to date with details and information.

Watch this space for The Bart Project team’s ‘big announcement’ on Simpson’s

birthday – December 17.

Pictures: The Bart’s Bash Facebook page

Sir Ben Ainslie with Andrew Simpson Sports Ambassadors Harry

Burton and Sydney Tabor; A dinghy race in action. Credit: Facebook