The world record breaking sailing event that is Bart’s Bash will happen again on Sunday 20th Sept. Last year over 30,000 sailors in over 16,000 boats across over 300 locations in over 60 countries took to the water, at the same time, for a sailing race and raised over £300,000 for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation in honour of the British Olympic Gold Medal sailor who tragically died whilst training for the 2013 America’s Cup.
Last year at IBRSC we had 43 boats and 51 sailors on the start line. This year we aim to beat that, and raise more money.
· If you intend to sail, SIGN UP NOW on the Bart’s Bash website. If everyone who sailed last year signs up now we will be top of the Club leaderboard
· In a two hander, don’t forget to sign up your crew as well
· If you want to sail Club boat book it out in advance to avoid disappointment
· Why not invite a non-sailing mate to come down and experience what sailing is about and why we all get up early on Sunday mornings? They can sign up as a Bart’s Buddy and add to the participation numbers.
In terms of the race itself, there’s no Guinness World Record attempt this year and normal IBRSC Sailing Instructions will apply, to be read in conjunction with the Bart’s Bash Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions.
· Anniversary race format with Gold (personal handicap bands 0,1,2) start at T=0, Silver (bands 3,4,5) start at T +2 mins and a Junior (under 18 on 1st April 2015) start at T +4 mins
· Personal handicap bands are here. If you don’t have one or think yours is wrong, please ask me, Gareth Griffiths or Jim Champ
· Gold start (T) will not be before 10.30am on Sunday 20th Sept
· Results from all 3 starts will be combined into an overall race finishing position on standard and personal handicap
· There WILL be a Junior start, so despite the Topper Open Meeting the previous day we expect a big turn-out from our keenest sailors eager to beat their elders. I have heard rumours that there may be some “special” entrants into the Junior start.
· There will be PRIZES awarded across the fleet (for which IBRSC Standard Series Winners are not eligible). You could win just by participating.
· Laser sailors - UKLA and Laser Performance have a prize draw for a new sail for UKLA members who pre-enter Bart's Bash via the Bart's Bash web site and sailing either a Laser Standard, Radial or 4.7.
· Following the Bart’s Bash race we’ll run the normal 2 x back to back races, which will not be part of the Bart’s Bash racing
· The Bart’s Bash results count towards the season long Anniversary Series
Bart Bash remains primarily a fundraising opportunity for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation to inspire a new generation of sailors worldwide.
· There will be a £5 per sailorentry fee, collected on the day and donated to ASSF on behalf of IBRSC
· If members wish to make a personal donation to ASSF this would be on top of the sailingfee and can be done via the Bart’s Bash website
· Participants can also choose to raise sponsorship money themselves via the signup on the Bart’s Bash website
· We will have a Great British Bart’s Bake-Off – because we all like a bit of cake after sailing. Bring your showstopper bakes to the Club to be sold off per slice to many hungry hordes. All proceeds will be added to the IBRSC donation. On behalf of the cake eating membership I’d like to see technical skill, originality, flair and most importantly, creativity in the baking. No soggy bottoms…there will be plenty of those on the water.