More than 2,700 sailors from 610 clubs in over 50 countries around the world have so far signed up
The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation has announced that Bart’s Bash has received the support of UK Minister for Sport Helen Grant.
The Guinness World Record attempt for the Largest Sailing Race will be taking place at hundreds of sailing clubs across the world simultaneously on 21 September 2014.
Minister for Sport Helen Grant said: ‘Bart’s Bash is a great way of remembering a much loved man and this ambitious attempt at a new Guinness World Record will raise money for the Andrew Simpson Foundation that is helping inspire the next generation of young people through the sport of sailing in the UK and around the world.
‘I’m sure the day will be a huge success, a fun experience and good luck to all those taking part.’
Since its launch, sailing stars and Olympic champions across the world have endorsed the event, which organisers hope will inspire new young sailors and encourage participation in the sport.
Foundation trustee Iain Percy said: ‘It is fantastic to see Bart’s Bash receiving support beyond the sailing world, as we pursue our goal to inspire the next generation through sailing.
‘We invite everybody, sailors and non-sailors, to join us on 21 September 2014 in this unique chance to become world record holders.
‘It is sure to be a great, fun experience, whether taking part or supporting on the day.’
2,700 sailors and counting
With less than one month to go, 2,700 sailors from 610 clubs in more than 50 countries have signed up online and started fundraising to support the Foundation’s charitable activities, which aim to help young people to develop the personal skills that will improve their ability to succeed in life.
PBO Deputy Editor Ben Meakins will be among the participants, racing his Impala 28 Polly from the River Hamble Sailing Club.
At a local and national level, the funds raised by Bart’s Bash will be used to offer subsidised sailing and coach training opportunities at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre, and to fund the Ambassador programme, designed to inspire school children through the visit of Olympic ambassadors.
The Foundation is also working internationally to develop programmes with overseas countries to use its expertise and resources to enhance sailing activities and participation and to reach more young people.
The Ambassador programme includes international visits where these are practical alongside existing competition or travel arrangements. The Foundation has also secured donations of boats and equipment to local clubs and schools.
Registration for clubs closes on 14 September 2014 and individual online entries will close on 19 of September.
Participants will be able to sign up on the day at registered Bart’s Bash clubs that have capacity; however clubs encourage all interested sailors to sign up at bartsbash.co.uk as soon as possible to enable them to plan accordingly.
To make the suggested donation of £5 to enter people can also text BART76 £5 to 70070.
Pictures: A world map of Bart’s Bash race venues; Minister for Sport Helen Grant