A star-studded film to boost the Bart's Bash world record attempt for the biggest-ever sailing race


The organisers of ‘Bart’s Bash’ officially

launched their bid to stage the largest sailing race in the world

this morning with a 90 second film.

The film, called Alignment, features some of the

greatest and most successful sailors to have sailed the seas.

It was put together from start to finish within

seven days and demonstrates the worldwide and far-reaching support

that this ambitious attempt has already attracted.

‘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.


Sailors appearing in the film include Jimmy

Spithill
, the youngest ever skipper to

win an America’s Cup, Sir Ben Ainslie,

the most successful Olympic sailor in history, Robert

Scheidt
, the Brazilian winner of five medals

in five Olympic Games, John Bertrand,

who skippered the Australia II to victory in the 1983 America’s

Cup, ending 132 years of American dominance, the Frenchman Loïck

Peyron
, the current holder of the Jules

Verne Trophy, Fredrik Lööf,

the Swede who has appeared in six Olympic games, Paul

Cayard
, seven-time world champion, Xu

Lijia
, the Chinese Gold medal winner in

2012 and the flag bearer in the closing ceremony.

Plus many more,

including Iain Percy,

Grant Simmer,

Nathan Outterridge,

Paul Goodison,

Shirley Robertson,

Tom Slingsby

and Xabi Fernandez.

Triple Olympic medallist and America’s Cup skipper Iain Percy said: ‘It’s going to be an amazing event, a World Record Attempt, everyone, every club, let’s get out there and celebrate this great man.’


Jez Payne, an event director for Bart’s Bash said of

the film: ‘Seven days ago we tested the water.

‘We asked the great

and the good of the sailing world, both past and present, to send us

a personal message if they felt aligned with Bart’s Bash.

‘This

film is just the beginning of what we received. We’ll be sharing

more of the films we have been generously given in the coming weeks.’

With reference to the decision to launch the record attempt in this

way Jez added: ‘This has never been done before.

‘This race will be

an opportunity for anyone, no matter whoever they are, wherever they

are or however old they are to race against the best in the world.

‘It’s like a Saturday league team squaring up against Real Madrid –

it’s bonkers and it’s going to be amazing fun.

‘Why wouldn’t you

want to have a go at that? Imagine if you could say that you beat

Sir Ben Ainslie or Jimmy Spithill….!’

The film can be viewed on

the event’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/bartsbash


So far 322 clubs worldwide from across 17 countries are

currently signed up to participate in Bart’s Bash, and organisers

expect this number to grow significantly.

There is no deadline for

subscribing to be a participating club for the event and anyone

interested should email tim@bartsbash.co.uk

for more information.

A full list of ‘ASSF Bart’s Bash’ participating clubs will

soon be found at www.bartsbash.co.uk

Keep spreading the word – #sailonbart