Ainslie back­ing call for new sailors

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BART’S Bash, the global sail­ing event in aid of the An­drew Simp­son Sail­ing Foun­da­tion, has launched par­tic­i­pant sign up with the help of some of the world’s best in the sport of sail­ing.

Sailors in­clud­ing Macclesfield’s own Sir Ben Ainslie, Sir RobinKnox-John­ston, Tom Slingsby and Shirley Robert­son OBE fea­ture in a short film which aims to en­cour­age sailors and non-sailors from across the world to take to the wa­ter on 20 Septem­ber 2015.

This is the sec­ond time the re­mark­able sail­ing event will take place.

Bart’s Bash was con­ceived in 2014 as a par­tic­i­pa­tion event in mem­ory of An­drew “Bart” Simp­son.

It grew be­yond all ex­pec­ta­tions with over 30700 peo­ple tak­ing part in the event across more than 50 coun­tries and raised over £360,000 for the char­ity started in Bart’s name. In Jan­uary 2015 Bart’s Bash was named of­fi­cially the largest sail­ing race in the world by Guin­ness World Records.

The aim of the 2015 cam­paign is to in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion even fur­ther across the world with the ul­ti­mate goal of be­com­ing the world’s big­gest sport­ing event. Any sail­ing clubs, com­mu­nity sail­ing pro­grammes, sail train­ing cen­tres, yacht clubs, scout groups, sea cadets and even groups of sailors glob­ally can hold a Bart’s Bash race.

With an aim to make Bart’s Bash the big­gest sport­ing event in the World the team have in­tro­duced Bart’s Bud­dies to the event.

This is a great op­por­tu­nity for those who al­ready sail to in­tro­duce friends, fam­ily and work col­leagues to the sport and to give them an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence on the wa­ter.

An­other ex­cit­ing new con­cept added by the team is Bart’s Bash Buoy race.

This is pos­si­bly the eas­i­est way to get lots of peo­ple on the wa­ter and in­volved in the event, with­out the need of a set start time, start line, com­plex course and the full rac­ing man­age­ment, venues can run a sim­ple ‘race’ from the shore to a mark (Bart’s Buoy) and back to shore.

ASSF Trustee Iain Percy OBE said: “Last year was an in­cred­i­ble event so this year we have de­cided to do it all over again.

“This time we want to get even more peo­ple on the wa­ter so we have in­tro­duced Bart’s Bud­dies.

“We have all promised our friends and fam­ily to take them sail­ing one day so why not this day, a day where we can have fun to­gether and re­mem­ber Bart whilst do­ing so.

“Now that the sign up process is live I urge and en­cour­age ev­ery­one to sign up to take part and be a part of this ground break­ing event.”

Bart’s Bash is one of the valu­able fund rais­ing events for the An­drew Simp­son Sail­ing Foun­da­tion, al­low­ing it to fa­cil­i­tate a range of sus­tain­able projects, us­ing sail­ing to trans­form the lives of chil­dren and young peo­ple glob­ally.

●● Sail­ing cham­pion Ben Ainslie

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