The World Record attempt to host the largest sailing event ever is gaining momentum

Organisers of Bart’s Bash announced the
sign up of the 400th sailing club to take part in the world record attempt.

At a sign up rate that continues to match just short of seven clubs a day
worldwide, the event is on track to become the largest
sailing event ever on the planet.

Yachts, dinghies and windsurfers are being encouraged to take part in 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.

Messages from some of the biggest names
in the sailing world continue to be sent through to the Bart’s Bash organising

‘What a fantastic idea,’ said New Zealander Sir Russell Coutts,
a five-time America’s Cup winner, Olympic Gold medallist and previous ISAF Rolex
World Sailor of the Year.

He added: ‘It’s
for a great cause and I think everyone’s going to have a great time.

going to be interesting to see who the winner is!’

‘Milestone’ clubs

The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club provided
a milestone breakthrough at 300 clubs and then, just before the two month mark it
was the turn of Club Nautic Arenal from Mallorca, Spain to push the entries
through the 400 club marker.

Albert Vadell, speaking on behalf of C N Arenal said: ‘This is a great
intiative and CN Arenal wouldn’t miss it for the world. So we’re ready to go and make it

Anthony Day, Rear Commodore for the
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club said: ‘We at RHKYC are proud to be involved and are
much looking forward to helping build a fitting tribute to a truly remarkable
sailor and an ambassador for the sport.’

Organisers of the event continue to send their
thanks out to people all around the world who are showing their support and
sharing the word.

In order to
support discussion and enable greater networking for sailors and all those
interested in sailing, an online forum centred around the record attempt has
also been launched and can be found at

Pictures: The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club; the Bart’s Bash logo and Olympian Andrew Simpson; Club Nautic Arenal in Mallorca