Barts Bash 2018
On Sunday 16th September 15 sailing dinghies from Frampton on Severn Sailing Club took part in an annual charity race which was also part of an attempt to break the Guinness Book of Record attendance set for the same event. This event is currently held in 81 countries and 9,484 boats took part worldwide in 2014.
Andrew Simpson (nicknamed Bart) was a UK Olympic sailor who was killed when one of the America’s Cup boats he was crewing on capsized while training. The Andrew Simpson Foundation and Bart’s Bash was established in his name in 2014
To comply with the rules for the event the length of each lap of the course was measured by GPS as 0.9 nautical miles (1.666km) and 8 laps were sailed in a south westerly wind strength 3 – 4. Fifteen boats started and thirteen finished after four capsized (including the winner). Four junior members took part and they were presented with Bart’s Bash certificates. Classes taking part were four Lasers, three Toppers and Enterprises plus one each of Aero, Pico, British Moth, Solo and Bytt II.
After just over an hours sailing the final result after handicap ratings were applied was 1st Nicola Barrett sailing a Topper followed by Mark Smyth and Mike Crowley both sailing Lasers
All the competitors enjoyed the event and Frampton on Severn Sailing Club are likely to participate again in 2019. We now await the worldwide results to be added up to see whether the Guinness record for numbers taking part has been broken. £85 pounds was raised for charity
Ian Cook (Rear Commodore)