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Save the date: 14th–15th September 2019


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Bart’s Bash gives the sailing community a united opportunity to remember Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, a double Olympic medalist who tragically lost his life whilst training for the America’s Cup in 2013.     The Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF) uses this event alongside being a memorial, for an annual fundraising and participation campaign to allow them to achieve their charitable aims each year. The ASF are dedicated to increasing participation and improving lives through sailing.    Support the Bart's Bash Foundation and buy now the TP52 Super Series collection.     CODE-ZERO donate 50% of the revenue of the next 3 days to the Foundation Ends Sunday 16th September   And here is the link:    

4 months 1 week ago

Bart’s Bash Launches a New Global Fundraising Platform for Sailing

Bart’s Bash, the world’s largest sailing event, is announcing that participating sailing clubs in 2018 will have the opportunity to raise funds for their own sailing projects, using the Bart’s Bash event as a fundraising platform.   Sailing clubs wishing to continue to raise funds through Bart’s Bash to support the Andrew Simpson Foundation will still exist as an option. Funds raised directly for the ASF will enable the Foundation to continue increasing participation and improving young people’s lives through sailing. Bart’s Bash 2018 is being held at your local Sailing Club on the 15th and 16th September.   2018 marks the fifth Anniversary of Bart’s Bash, a global event organised by the Andrew Simpson Foundation: the sailing charity but delivered through local sailing clubs. The event was set up to honour Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson’s legacy, unite and connect the sailing community, encourage participation at sailing clubs, introduce new people to the sport and give people the excitement of entering a global sailing event.   Iain Percy OBE, Foundation Trustee commented "We’re all very excited about the opportunity to provide sailing with a global fundraising platform through the annual Bart’s Bash event. We see this as a great opportunity for all participating Bart’s Bash sailing clubs to directly raise funds to benefit their local sailing projects as well as continuing to support the Foundation in achieving its aims. Five years on, we couldn't be prouder of what we have achieved to date, and I know Bart would be proud too."   To find out more information on the ASF’s key charitable activities and projects supported to date visit   To find out more or to register a club to take part in Bart’s Bash 2018 visit

8 months 1 week ago

Bart’s Bash is when the world goes sailing… together

Here is what we’re all about: A global sailing race taking place at 100s of venues, with 1000s of sailors in 100s of different classes of boat around the world The event was founded in 2014 and verified by Guinness World Records as ‘The Largest Sailing Race in the World’. It is open to all sailing clubs, yacht clubs, schools, universities, scout groups, sea cadets, windsurfing clubs, individuals and any venue globally that can host a race and is inspired to take part. Each individual event is organised by a venue who are the the organising authority for all activities at their site. Bart’s Bash gives the sailing community a united opportunity to remember Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, a double Olympic medallist who tragically lost his life whilst training for the America’s Cup in 2013. The Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF) uses this event alongside being a memorial, for an annual fundraising and participation campaign to allow them to achieve their charitable aims each year. The ASF are dedicated to increasing participation and improving lives through sailing.    Thank you and good luck!    

8 months 3 weeks ago

The Star shines brightly at the end of the Bart's Bash rainbow

The fourth year of the world's largest sailing event, Bart's Bash, got off to a terrific start in New Zealand at the Whangaruru Sailing Club in Oakura Bay, New Zealand as sailing and yacht clubs around the world were gearing up to run their own Bart's Bash races. Mike Carter from the Royal Brunei Yacht Club reported on a great day. "After a promising start the wind dropped and a strong current meant that only seven boats could complete the course. Everyone including a number of first time sailors enjoyed the sail. Getting our results in early meant we could enjoy posing for some photos!" Setting the scene for the Bart's Bash that took place today on behalf of the Andrew Simpson Foundation who are headquartered at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, CEO, Pete Allam said, "We knew it was going to be a tough call getting 125 boats off the start line at the appointed time of 1300 when we knew that the wind was due to die and change direction by 180 degrees. However, after a couple of rainstorms we got everyone off the start line and enjoyed a great race." When asked about the age range of the sailors, their sailing ability and the types of boats that were out sailing today, Pete confirmed that, yet again, this annual sailing fest attracted sailors from across the generations competing in Oppies, Lasers, RS Fevers, Toppers, Foiling Nacra 17s, Venture Keelboats, 29ers and even a couple of Foiling Moths although conditions weren't ideal for foiling today. Novices, World Champions and Gold medallists joined together on the course. A special day for so many Of particular poignance was Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation Trustee and a Founder, Iain Percy, sailing his 2017 Bart's Bash in the original Star boat that he and Andrew 'Bart' Simpson sailed their last race together in at the London 2012 Olympics, winning Silver, to add to their Olympic Gold medal achieved in the same class previously, at the 2008 Beijing Games. Another special moment came with the announcement that two young sailors, Ben Thomas and Billy Hope, volunteers at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre, had been selected to race their Bart's Bash with Iain in the Star. These deserving boys have between them given around 2,000 hours of their time to help young people learn to sail. Both of them are keen racers and have competed at national level. Meanwhile, at Manor Park SC in Kings Bromley, Staffordshire, today's Bart's Bash report was equally positive. They had a "fabulous fun race" with 21 boats on the water and crews aged from seven to 76 with sailing experience ranging from six weeks to over 60 years...and a Topper winner! Day Two tomorrow (Sunday 17th September) will see many more of the now 80 countries registered running their Bart's Bash events. Meanwhile the results we known to date can be found here: HOW TO DONATE - PLEASE SHARE An easy way of helping support Andrew 'Bart' Simpson's legacy is TEXT TO DONATE (any time/any amount of money from a fiver upwards!) e.g.: BART17 £5 to 70070

1 year 4 months ago

Raising funds for victims of Hurricane Irma

The Andrew Simpson Foundation & Bart's Bash (16-17th September) unite in this time of crisis to provide aid for rebuilding grassroots sailing programmes & communities affected by Hurricane Irma. A number of sailing and yacht clubs in the Caribbean that have been affected by Hurricane Irma have taken part in Bart's Bash in previous years and had planned to hold an event during next weekend's Bart's Bash. In light of recent events, the Andrew Simpson Foundation has pledged to use the funds raised from this year's Bart's Bash to help those affected eventually rebuild their community sailing projects, allowing them to continue to deliver grassroots sailing programmes to young people. Founding Trustee and most recently, Artemis Racing's Team Manager for the America's Cup, Iain Percy, commented: "The news and images from the Caribbean are simply horrific and the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma has been something none of us has ever witnessed on this scale. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected. As a Foundation we are keen to contribute some practical help through our global Bart's Bash fundraising and participation initiative." The funds raised will be distributed via Member National Associations (MNA's) of World Sailing to areas affected.

1 year 4 months ago

The Countdown Begins

The countdown has begun. There are now less than 2 WEEKS TO GO until the big BART'S BASH weekend (16th - 17th September) kicks off once again. Now is the time to prepare and get ready for this EPIC EVENT. No matter how big or small your sailing club is, there are plenty of ways to bring some added FUN to your event, including Cake Sales, Charity Auction/Raffle, BBQ, Bart’s Buoy Race, Cardboard Boat Races or Fancy Dress. This year the Andrew Simpson Foundation has an online auction running from today until Monday 18th September. Get your hands on some incredible items/experiences and support the sailing charity. Visit and start bidding. The funds raised via Bart's Bash have already helped thousands of young people access regular sailing sessions who otherwise would not have been able to. The more funds we can raise together, the bigger the difference we can make in helping the next generation. As ever, there is no fee for being part of this incredible results service but if you as an individual sailor truly want to help make a difference, we hope you will make a donation to be a part of it. If you live in the UK, a simple way to do this is to text BART76 followed by an amount to 70070 e.g. BART76 £5. Of course everyone can make it so much more than that - you and your venue can raise more money for the charity through sponsorship or other fund raising events on the day. Our partner,, is a charity fund raising website that will collect your sponsorship money on our behalf, making it very easy wherever you are in the world. Check out our BRAND NEW Bart's Bash merchandise featuring the new logo. It is AVAILABLE NOW along with our SIMPSON SUNNIES at Order by Tuesday 12th September to get it in time for the big day. All profits from the sale of merchandise will be donated to the Andrew Simpson Foundation Share the FUN - Social media is a great way to let your friends and family know how much of a great day you have had taking part in the Bash, it also helps spread the word about how incredible this sport is. Four simple ways to do this: 1. Facebook live - Make sure you tag @bartsbash and use #bartsbash #sailonbart so we can share it 2. Share a picture/video of your day to Facebook/YouTube/Twitter and where possible tag in Bart's Bash and Andrew Simpson Foundation : the Sailing Charity. #sailonbart #bartsbash 3. Instagram - tag barts_bash_ in your post and use #sailonbart #bartsbash 4. Twitter - @bartsbash and again #sailonbart #bartsbash We hope that by all PULLING TOGETHER we can MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE and share the JOY and BENEFITS that sailing brings to many more young people around the world. Thanks for all you support. #sailonbart

1 year 4 months ago

Sign up to Bart's Bash 2017...the biggest sailing event in the world

The Andrew Simpson Foundation, the UK-based Sailing Charity with a global reach, sits at the epicentre of the unique annual sailing event, the biggest sailing event in the world, Bart's Bash, which this year takes place over the weekend of 16-17 September. This is the 4th Bart's Bash and the event management team is delighted to announce the launch of the 2017 SIGN-UP campaign marked by a Call to Action video created by their supporter Sunset+Vine. ... Charity Day at Lendy Cowes Week Day includes the Cowes Bash race & The Big Bash party! The Bart's Bash team is already busy fine-tuning plans to promote Bart's Bash at Lendy Cowes Week where on Monday 31st July, the Official Charity Day, they will be running the 'Cowes Bash', a race for all competitors. At registration they can get decals and buy their 'Simpson Sunnies' and everyone is encouraged to grab a pair and wear them on Charity Day! All the race results from the first race of the day will be pooled in the same way as for Bart's Bash to identify an overall winner for the day. Following on after racing, everyone is invited to join in at The Big Bash, a huge party in Cowes Yacht Haven starting at 7pm and designed entirely around putting the FUN into FUNdraising with Olympic medallist and DJ Mark Covell on stage as Master of Ceremonies! ... The Bart's Bash website includes the video, the whys and wherefores behind this extraordinary event, how and where to sign up, useful resources about how to fundraise and also information about how your donations and the monies raised is spent. #sailonbart

1 year 6 months ago

Four months to Bart's Bash

So topically, with the America's Cup teams in their final week of practice racing, here's a message from Ben Ainslie & Iain Percy, our founding trustees: 'It’s humbling as we look back over the last three years and think about the incredible number of clubs and their amazing event makers who have made Bart’s Bash what it is today, all of us using the event to help encourage new, and ever younger, enthusiasts all over the world to get on the water. We’re keen to reiterate that this is YOUR CLUB’S BASH! Bart has provided us with a unique platform and opportunity to unite the world of sailing, bringing together some of the world’s sailing legends and heroes with Club sailors, grass-roots youth programmes and even total novices, all combining to produce this one extraordinary event. Bart would be so proud of what is being accomplished. Personally it’s a very special day for us and last year we both enjoyed a fabulous day at the Hayling Island Sailing Club Bash in Hampshire. This brought back so many great memories of when we were kids; huge fun ashore and afloat. This year we have a little bit of business to attend to in Bermuda first, sorting out the America’s Cup in May and June... then we’ll let you know our plans for the biggest race on earth (well, on water!) in September. The theme in 2016 was to support disabled sailing and we must all continue to lobby to get Sailing back into the Paralympics. As a charity, the number of projects and the spread of impact that the Andrew Simpson Foundation has been able to achieve continues to grow. We want to take this opportunity to say thank you; it is your extraordinary fundraising feats and support for Bart’s Bash that, in turn, helps us to maintain our focus to support disadvantaged young people, expand their horizons and improve young lives around the globe through sailing. Wishing you all the best for the sailing season and together let’s make our fourth Bash in September another magical moment in memory of Bart. Thank you once again.' Ben and Iain Download the 2017 Event Makers' Guide

1 year 8 months ago

COME & SAY HELLO! RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show Stand: B50

The Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF) and Bart's Bash team is back at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show for a third year and with a fabulous line-up of fun activities and some important messages as they continue flying the flag and fundraising in memory of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson. In addition to some of the fun interaction planned for Show visitors e.g. the Treasure Hunt, giving you the change to have a giggle with a camera and a photo bomb frame, and launching a fantastic Cowes Week Experience Day Prize Draw, the Foundation is also reminding visitors why it was set up and what incredible work and opportunities - and results - it is now delivering. Up to and including 2017 to date, there have been 45 individual projects delivered and grants pledged, totalling £736,000 across 12 countries including 200 fully subsidised places available on volunteer courses over two years. The Foundation is also creating a useful 'shopping list' that will clearly illustrate what a specific amount of money donated actually pays for. 2017's FUNdraising activities start here! There's news of a terrific new partnership between Topper and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre (ASSC) in Weymouth whereby the Centre becomes a Topper demonstration hub, supplying 20 boats from across the Topper range for the Centre to use to help get more young people on the water. So, head for Stand B50 and especially look out for the chance to enter a fabulous Prize Draw for up to four people (a family of four or four adults) to enjoy a very special Cowes Week Experience Day at the world's most famous sailing regatta including a RIB ride, a meet & greet photo opportunity with some of the Foundation's Ambassadors, (some of the best-known names in sailing), a full hospitality package including event merchandise, food, drink and transport costs to/from Cowes. Underpinning much of this activity is the FUNdraising element with the emphasis on FUN as well as fundraising! In addition to important opportunities such as auctions and raffles at special dinners and those all-important personal donations and collection boxes, this year's main fundraising and awareness platforms for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation are Cowes Week (29 July - 5 August) as the regatta's Official Charity, and through Bart's Bash, the world's largest sailing event (16-17 September). The 2017 Bart's Bash venue registration will be LIVE from the opening of the Show on March 4th.

1 year 11 months ago

America's Cup Year has special resonance for the Andrew Simpson Foundation

It will not have escaped many people's notice that 2017 is the year of the America's Cup in Bermuda, a much-anticipated sporting event of global interest and of special significance to the Trustees, Management team, Supporters and Beneficiaries of the Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF). The Foundation's founding Trustees include Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy OBE. The Foundation is the charity that was set up to honour the life and legacy of sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson MBE who lost his life, aged 36, in a tragic accident during training for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco Bay in 2013. It's about delivering projects as well as funding: One of the ASF's core activities is the provision of both practical and financial support in the delivery of inspiring sailing programmes around the world, in memory of Bart. At the centre of everything the Foundation represents going forward is this message: > Andrew Simpson Foundation : The Sailing Charity > Expanding horizons : Improving young lives The Foundation collaborates with charitable and not-for-profit sailing initiatives, nationally and internationally and the Round 3 Grant process has culminated in some very worthwhile projects being given the green light to deliver over the next twelve months. Up to and including 2017 to date, there have been 45 individual projects delivered and grants pledged, totalling £736,000 across 12 countries. Whilst the big numbers may look impressive, it's often the smaller projects where a Foundation grant being awarded can make the crucial difference between disadvantaged young people getting on the water or not. For example: > Wellington Sailability in New Zealand has been awarded funding towards the building of a new pontoon to significantly increase the offering to its local Sailability group. > The Foundation has approved a grant application from the RYA to help subsidise six Race Coach Level 2 courses to the tune of £2,000 with the participants all being selected from the 'Para Programme' and with a commitment to volunteer back into Sailability coaching programmes run at their local clubs. > £1,000 has been granted to Prestwick Sailing Club to buy buoyancy aids and wetsuits and the South-West Youth Sailing Academy will receive £3,000 to cover their lead coach for eight training weekends for 50 youngsters over the course of the winter. Simple, transparent communications: Working with the recently appointed Communications consultant Peta Stuart-Hunt, the ASF has audited and simplified its communications, introducing cohesion and clarity across its fundraising, retail and marketing platforms so that anyone anywhere can quickly understand what the Foundation stands for and what it delivers in terms of support for relevant initiatives around the world. "Our stakeholders need to understand, in simple and transparent terms, what we're doing as well as how and why we're doing it." Richard Percy, CEO, Andrew Simpson Foundation The ASF is underpinning its 2017 activities and fundraising initiatives using a series of six clarifying statements and a two-pronged marcomms campaign that is being promoted to describe both graphically and in print the roles of the Andrew Simpson Foundation as well as it's flagship annual global fundraising platform, Bart's Bash. > Providing opportunities for 1000s of disadvantaged young people to experience the benefits of regular sailing participation. > Working with young people (aged 5-24) with physical, mental, social & financial disadvantages, giving access to regular sailing sessions; the opportunity to learn key skills, develop as individuals & reach their potential. > All the sailing programmes delivered & supported by the Foundation are underpinned by ground-breaking research into the benefits of regular sailing participation. > Sailing as a sport and as a recreation is not always accessible to everyone so we work with sailing providers to offer financial and practical support; helping to break down barriers. > Providing the challenges of a sailing environment to promote health and well-being, & to develop personal skills that will improve a young person's ability to succeed in life & work. > To inspire and facilitate wider sailing participation, the ASF supports the training of volunteer sailing instructors & delivers the World's largest mass participation sailing event! Bart's Bash is in 62 countries at 847 sailing venues hosting 54,253 participants and 12,916 volunteers. The 2017 campaign rolls out on the Foundation's stand at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show in early March (4-5 March) and continues throughout Cowes Week (29 July-5 Aug) where the Andrew Simpson Foundation is this year's Official Charity, and then the big Bart's Bash weekend (16-17 September).

1 year 11 months ago

Bart's Bash 2016 - Provisional Results

Provisional results are ready! A big, big, big! thank you to our amazing event makers and volunteers for loading over 4500 boats in the world largest sailing race, our provisional results are ready for viewing. To find out where you (provisionally) came click on the results link above and then search for your 'skipper' or your 'club' using the search function. So, did you beat them? ... Jimmy Spithill | Oracle Team USA | Bart Speed = 2.71463 (301st overall) Nathan Outteridge | Artemis Racing | Bart Speed = 2.69651 Dean Barker | Softbank Team Japan | Bart Speed = 2.47323 Iain Percy and Ben Ainslie | RS Elite | Bart Speed = 1.16789 And results are still coming in! If you can't find your result please let us know and we are here to support and load results in if needed. Congratulation to our Top 3 Disabled Sailors: RACHEL REDGROVE - (Greece) | Bart Speed = 2.93207 (191st overall) JANET HORSFIELD - (UK) | Bart Speed = 2.54363 NEV MILLARD - (UK) | Bart Speed = 2.52044 We are so, so grateful to the armada of sailors who made this incredible third year. As we close in on the final numbers, we are so proud that once again so many people have supported the Bash and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

2 years 3 months ago


Bart's Bash 2016, the mass participation and fundraising sailing event held last weekend (17-18 September) in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF), has been voted a resounding success by organisers and participants alike, especially in terms of expanding the interest in disabled sailing and extending this unique event's reach around the world. In relation to the fundraising, the 362 clubs and sailing venues in 58 countries hosting Bart's Bash events last weekend are still collecting money and some participants are still receiving donations through their Justgiving pages so the final fundraising amount will take a few days to compute! The charitable donation element is a crucial part of the equation as the Foundation's main objective from this third year of Bart's Bash is about raising awareness and funds to support disabled sailing around the world. Richard Percy, CEO of the ASSF is also quick to point out that the emphasis during the weekend's Bash is on fun, engagement and encouraging more people, especially youngsters, to take to the water in memory of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, wherever they happen to be in the world. He reflects, "In the space of two days, we have witnessed international support from thousands of people in 362 venues across 58 countries. We have had Olympic sailors and America's Cup sailors competing against youngsters who have just learnt to sail and those who race on a regular basis at club level. This event captures the imagination of people from inside and outside of the sailing world. "At the same time as getting thousands of people sailing, Bart's Bash raises awareness of, and funds for, disabled sailing which, during the past week we have seen being displayed at the highest levels at the Paralympics and it's just a shame that it is being dropped. Hopefully this can be reconsidered for the next cycle and in the meantime, we can continue to keep opportunities for those with disabilities available." Race results are loading at a good pace by Event Makers around the world with participant numbers now over the 7000 mark, 22 of the 58 countries have results represented at this early stage. Overall results are significantly ahead than in previous years and it is hoped that provisional results will be announced soon. Early signs show the youth classes are dominating the 'Top Classes' league table, ticking all the right boxes for the Foundation Bart's Bash was given an enormous boost with 'show your support' messages from some very high profile sailing supporters who took to the water and to the social media channels in support of their friend Andrew 'Bart' Simpson. ASSF founding trustees include the America's Cup sailors Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy OBE who in turn brought on board AC teams in Bermuda, Artemis Racing, Oracle Team USA and SoftBank Team Japan to join in the fun and the fundraising, uploading beautifully crafted and emotive videos and images, and all of this further endorses the important underlying messages that are building on Andrew's legacy. This weekend's event was also generously supported by members of the British Sailing Team, some just back from Rio and sporting Olympic medals! Giles Scott, Saskia Clark & Hannah Mills and Nick Dempsey were joined by Luke Patience and Dylan Fletcher, amongst others who were racing at the HQ at the Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy (WPNSA), UK, where the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre (ASSC) is based, sailing in an assortment of boats! Disabled sailing is a key focus The decision to focus Bart's Bash 2016 on raising awareness of and funds for disabled sailing was taken following the removal of sailing from the Paralympics. Sailing is one of the few sports where those with disabilities can and do compete equally with their able-bodied peers. Funding and Development Manager for the ASSF and Bart's Bash Event Organiser Tim Anderton said: "It has been great to see disabled sailors competing on the same courses as able-bodied sailors at venues across the world over the past weekend in Bart's Bash. We have Sailability clubs registered in a number of countries, including the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Sweden and South Africa with many more results still to come in. "We want to support these clubs by providing training and equipment, and by subsidising the costs of coaching for schools who attend ongoing and sustainable sailing sessions at venues who have the right kit and volunteers. We want to work with sailing providers to start to overcome some of the barriers that exist and to increase the availability of sailing for those with disabilities. We also want to work with national organisations to ensure there is a good training programme in place to allow people to progress into racing and hopefully into future Paralympic Games when sailing is reintroduced." This quote from a volunteer Tim Trent, at Dart Sailability in Dartmouth, Devon, hits the spot commenting on his Justgiving page: "We KNOW the power of 'Yes I Can' and what sailing does to create freedom." Put next year's Bart's Bash weekend dates in your diaries now! September 16th - 17th 2017. ... To apply for an ASSF grant for your local sailing club or sailing centre, please contact the Foundation as soon as possible for more details. (email [email protected]) You can also keep up and join in with Bart's Bash news, stats and fundraising information via: Bart's Bash: Facebook: Twitter:

2 years 4 months ago

Bart’s Bash 2016 has got off to a resoundingly successful start as we head into day two!

It’s like waiting for the first guests to turn up to your party. You have put days, weeks, months of your time into planning and preparation and then finally the day comes. It’s Bart’s Bash 2016, and organisers need to have no concerns! The global sailing community has united to kick-start Bart’s Bash in a majestic, humble, charming, emotional, fun and memorable first day. As we enter day two we are on the cusp of some very exciting reports as many of the sailing clubs and sailing venues sail their Bart’s Bash races today, Sunday 18th September. Figures so far reveal take-up as follows over the weekend, unless of course you are in New Zealand and St Maartin where the weather put paid to their events which have now been postponed. 58 countries, 355 venues, 6,496 sailors signed up! Tim Anderton, the Bart’s Bash Event Organiser, says he loves the support received round the world, commenting, “It’s all about participation and that’s what we’re getting with thousands of sailors of all levels and abilities taking to the water and enjoying fun social racing for a great cause." So, today we’re looking forward to receiving news and images, tweets and blogs from Bashers around the world with some very high profile names involved, raising funds and awareness for disabled sailing and all in the name of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson. For example, look out for news from Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy OBE, who are both racing at Hayling Island SC, in the UK. Keep liking our page and sharing our Facebooks posts and our Tweets! Facebook: Twitter:

2 years 4 months ago

Third annual Bart's Bash launches around the world

Brunei's Bash has the accolade of being first across the start line as weather gods scupper NZ hopes...for now! As sailors around the world take to the water this weekend to participate in Bart's Bash, the global participation and fundraising event in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF), we hear that owing to wild weather and gale forecasts, Sailability Wellington, who were due to kick off proceedings, have regrettably had to postpone their Bash until next week! This means The Royal Brunei Yacht Club is next in the frame for that accolade, running its Bart's Bash race at 0700 (BST or 1400 local)! Organiser, Mike Carter, says: "Bart's Bash has been a highlight of the Royal Brunei calendar for the past 3 years. This year it will be our biggest event! We are expecting 30+ boats on the water and approximately 55 sailors. We have an age range of 7 to 66! For the first time this year we have complete novices who will be crewing Hobie 16s, Laser 16s, 420s and Picos. We wish everyone around the world the very best of luck." At the time of writing, over 345 sailing clubs and venues in 56 countries have signed up to participate in this year's 3rd annual Bart's Bash event with nigh on 5,000 sailors 'Bashing' throughout the weekend. Bart's Bash spans ages, genders and abilities Olympic medallists, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, Giles Scott and Nick Dempsey are all at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy today participating in Bart's Bash afloat and ashore at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre. In Bermuda, America's Cup sailors from Artemis Racing, Oracle Team USA and SoftBank Team Japan are holding their own Bart's Bash race in memory of their friend and former colleague. However, this weekend isn't just about Olympians, World Champions and sailing legends supporting the cause, as Bart's Bash is for people of all abilities. The event is primarily about having fun and about exploring the pleasures of sailing to help inspire and encourage more people into the sport of sailing. A vital fundraising element Utilising Bart's Bash as a global awareness platform, it is also crucial to the overall objectives of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF) to promote the vital fundraising element of this event in Andrew 'Bart' Simpson's name - raising money is fundamental to the cause, to build on Andrew's legacy. Following the decision to remove sailing from the Paralympics at Tokyo 2020, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation pledges to continue to promote the sport and all the benefits it brings to people of all abilities. With Bart's Bash coinciding with the final day of Paralympic sailing in Rio today, this year's Bart's Bash couldn't be better timed for getting its highly topical message heard around the world. Keep up with all the latest news, stats and general information at:

2 years 4 months ago

Bart's Bash 2016 - we (almost) have LIFT OFF!

New Zealand is all set to kick off major global sailing event to promote disabled sailing Thousands of sailors across the world are poised to take part in the third annual Bart's Bash, a global sailing event being held this weekend in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF). Wellington Sailability in New Zealand kicks off the two-day event on Saturday 17thSeptember at 09:00 local time. Over 340 sailing clubs and sailing venues in more than 56 countries are signed up to participate this year, in memory of Olympic Gold medallist Andrew 'Bart' Simpson (crewing for Iain Percy in the Star class 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing) who tragically lost his life in a sailing accident whilst out training in San Francisco Bay in 2013. Sailors taking part in Bart's Bash are raising funds for the Foundation whose very specific objective for 2016 is to promote awareness for, and the further development of, disabled sailing globally. Meanwhile, ASSF founding Trustee Iain Percy OBE, is due to compete in two Bashes in two countries in two days! He will join fellow America's Cup sailors in Bermuda on Saturday 17th, then heading back to the UK to sail with his close friend Sir Ben Ainslie at Hayling Island Sailing Club in Hampshire. When asked what this year's Bart's Bash is all about, Iain's response is straight to the point, saying: "Bart was extremely passionate about the power that sailing has and that it should be accessible for all. It is a travesty that the Paralympics is dropping sailing after Rio 2016 so we have placed Bart's Bash on the last two days of the Paralympic Games in 2016. It really is a call for the worldwide sailing community to get together and help raise funds for disabled and Paralympic sailing in the future." You can still enter the event, fundraise and play your own important part in this year's Bart's Bash. Please visit

2 years 4 months ago

Event Packs are on their way

The 2016 event packs are on their way to all clubs signed up and the 'Racing and Results Guide' is ready... right now! In the pack you will find flags, posters, collection boxes and goodies such as wrist bands, stickers and pin badges. We hope that on the day you will use these to encourage that all important donation to race. If everyone who raced gave just a small donation the day would be an amazing success and go a long way towards this year's goal of supporting disabled sailing. For those clubs who haven't signed up yet, there are still plenty of these boxes ready to go, so sign up before and we will get one in the post to you. Results Guide is ready DOWNLOAD >> For those of you who are going to be sorting the results out, please find the results link below. In this guide, you will find full details on what you need to do to be part of a Bart's Bash 2016 race. Its pretty simple, all we need on-top of your normal results are the distance sailed and the elapsed time. There are various different ways you can upload the results and if you really don't have the time, send them to us and we can do it for you. email to [email protected] Measure your course: In order to get a result, we need to know the distance that each sailor sailed. Click here to see a video but basically, download a distance measuring App, and drive round your course in a powerboat. Bart's Buoy Race: A quick fire mini Bash. Set a short course up from the shore to a buoy and back and have an event running! Using a club boat or own boat, it's who can get round the short course the fastest. Measure the distance, the time and submit the results, Great fun and an easy participant builder for your club!! TOP VENUES ... so far! With just over a week to go, the mighty Saundersfoot Sailing Club are leading the charge with 79 sailors signed up, already! This amazing venue is always a front runner embracing the imagination of their club sailing against the rest of the world. Their fabulous members making it a carnival day on this South Wales shore. Saundersfoot we salute you, can anyone catch them? Good luck to everyone and thank you again we could not do this amazing event with out your support. See you on the water! The Bart's Bash team #sailonbart

2 years 4 months ago

A Message from Rio!

We are incredibly privileged to have the support from the British Sailing Team and 2016 Olympic medalists: Giles Scott Sailing, the 470 Girls, Hannah Mills & Saskia Clark and Nick Dempsey, who all took the time to send a special message. A HUGE thank you for thinking about us, from everyone, it is truly humbling and inspiring to have your support. Countdown is on for this year's #BartsBash! This year raising awareness and funds to support disabled sailing globally.

2 years 4 months ago


The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF) will be working together with an aim to use this year’s Bart’s Bash to increase participation in sailing, and boost funding and support for disabled sailing globally. Bart’s Bash is a global participation and fundraising event organised by the ASSF. In 2016, the RYA will be assisting the team to help encourage more RYA affiliated clubs, RYA Sailability centres and RYA recognised training centres to sign up for Bart’s Bash in the UK. As well as assisting Bart’s Bash in promoting the event, the RYA and ASSF will also work in conjunction to award grants in support of disabled sailing. Broadly, these grants will be awarded in four areas, covering inclusive sailing, volunteer training, accessible equipment and performance sailing. A key focus of these grants will be supporting inclusive sailing that encourages long-term participation in the sport. Funds will also be directed towards volunteer training for coaching courses, instructor courses and first aid training, as well as the provision of accessible equipment including mini buses, boats and hearing loops. Further grants will be made to improve performance sailing, with personal awards to sailors and volunteers on the development pathway, including coach support at international events. Bart’s Bash is the world’s largest sailing event, and will be held on 17 and 18 September to coincide with the end of the Rio 2016 Paralympics sailing event. Since the first Bart’s Bash in 2014, the event has seen more than 45,000 sailors participate in the event in 62 countries. RYA Sailability Manager Debbie Blachford said: “We are delighted to be working with the ASSF. Through the RYA and Sailability networks we are really keen to help develop disabled sailing. This scheme can help raise the awareness and profile of disabled sailing across the globe, and will have a hugely positive impact. “The support of the ASSF through Bart’s Bash will enable many sailors to continue enjoying and participating in sailing, and we look forward to seeing the impact this has.” Richard Percy, Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation CEO, added, “We’re really looking forward to working with the RYA to help increase participation in sailing and support grassroots disabled sailing projects. We strongly believe that sailing is a sport for all and we are passionate about providing inspiring sailing opportunities through RYA Sailability and its affiliated sites”. For more information about RYA Sailability, visit Learn more about the ASSF at or to sign up for this year’s event visit

2 years 8 months ago

World Sailing teams up with Bart’s Bash

World Sailing, the governing body of the sport, has joined forces with the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, offering official support and promotion to Bart’s Bash. Launched in 2014, Bart’s Bash is the world’s largest sailing event that is run by sailing clubs, community sailing programmes, sail training centres, yacht clubs, scout groups, sea cadets and even groups of sailors, all around the world. Since its inception, Bart’s Bash has inspired thousands of new and seasoned sailors to participate in sailing whilst raising funds to improve the lives of young people around the world. The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation continues to encourage more people to get on the water and promote the benefits it brings people of all abilities. In 2016 Bart’s Bash will be raising awareness and funds to support grassroots disabled sailing globally. The 2016 edition of Bart’s Bash is scheduled for 17-18 September, falling at the same time as the conclusion of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition. Rio 2016 will welcome 80 sailors from 23 nations, racing across three disciplines. Sailing will not be on the Tokyo 2020 programme after the International Paralympic Committee made a decision to remove the sport. Since its removal, World Sailing has been working closely with its members and the IPC to ensure reintroduction for 2024. The sailing journey for Paralympic athletes will continue after the final boat crosses the finish line in Rio and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation will act as a valuable partner. World Sailing will encourage its Member National Authorities across the globe to promote Bart’s Bash to their members as participants, volunteers or supporters of the event. World Sailing Chief Executive Officer, Andy Hunt, said, “World Sailing is working tirelessly to ensure sailing is returned into the Paralympic program of sports. Once the competition ends at Rio 2016, it is vital that World Sailing maintain the momentum for inclusion back into the Paralympic Games. “The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation and Bart’s Bash continues to inspire the world with their efforts and we are delighted that this year’s event will be raising funds for Para Sailing around the world. “I, along with the rest of the World Sailing team, will be taking to the water this September as a show of support during the Paralympic Games.” Sir Ben Ainslie, trustee of the ASSF and skipper of America’s Cup team, Land Rover BAR, added, "People know how close the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is to my heart, and it was fantastic to see so many people supporting the charity at the last Bart's Bash. It's really good to see World Sailing now getting behind the event, and let's hope we can get even more people out on the water this year in memory of Bart."

2 years 8 months ago

Venue Sign up PRIZE DRAW!

We have launched a prize draw for monthly venue sign ups, which will run until May 31st 2016. Each month, one lucky event maker could win a Zhik backpack, which they have kindly donated to us. To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is sign your venue up to take part in Bart's Bash 2016 at We will announce the winners at the end of every month. The earlier you sign up the more chances you have of winning.

2 years 10 months ago

Bart’s Bash 2016 launches and aims to raise awareness and funds for disabled sailing globally

Bart’s Bash 2016 Fundraising Campaign With the decision being made to remove sailing from the Paralympics, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation pledges to use the funds raised through Bart’s Bash in 2016 to help promote and develop disabled sailing globally. The funds raised from the event will be distributed via national sailing federations or through the official ASSF grants process, with the aim to support grassroots disabled sailing projects and make disabled sailing more accessible. Since being founded in 2014, the Foundation is providing the challenges of a sailing environment to promote health and wellbeing, and to develop personal skills that will improve a young person’s ability to succeed in life and work. The Foundation recognises that sailing as a sport is not always accessible to all due to; financial, physical, learning disability, mental health or social barriers. The charity, therefore, works to breaks down these barriers by working with sailing providers by offering financial and practical support. To date, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation has pledged funds of over £600,000 on a range of inspiring sailing projects across 8 countries. Some of the projects supported in 2016 include: A UK national project with Blind Sailing, Chicago Park Districts Community Sailing Program, The National Schools Sailing Association, Hungarian Yachting Association and Leicestershire and Rutland Youth Sailing Association. Visit to find out more. Bart’s Bash club and venue sign up has now opened and you can register at

2 years 10 months ago

Bart’s Bash and The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation so far

The past 2 years have been phenomenal, and through Bart’s Bash, gala dinners and charity events, we have raised a fantastic amount of money. This money has allowed the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation to work with sailing organisations across the world and bring sailing to those young people who wouldn’t typically get the opportunity to experience it. Since May 2014 the Foundation has supported 20 different and inspiring projects across the world, supporting organisations to do everything from teaching young people to sail, training Instructors, rewarding volunteers and giving unique experiences to young people. The figures are great and it’s down to all our wonderful supporters. Without this level of support, it just wouldn’t be possible. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for all your support so far. We have big plans for 2016, both for Bart’s Bash, which is now taking place on 2 days (Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September) and our grant giving programme. The easiest way to keep up to date with the Foundation’s work is to like and follow the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation and Bart’s Bash on Facebook and Twitter. We hope you have a great sailing season in 2016. #SailonBart

3 years 5 days ago

Mr Bump gets first in Class

There are so many amazing stories from this year’s Bart's Bash. We’ve heard from the overall winners, so we thought we'd get in touch with some of the others that took part in the event and won some of the other categories. Dean Abra from Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club, Kent took part in this year’s event in his challenger trimaran, Mr Bump. Poor conditions in 2014 meant Dean couldn’t take part in the inaugural event. How amazing to come back, take part in the event this year, win the Sailability category and come 228th overall. We contacted Dean recently to find out a little more about why he took part in this year’s event and how he felt after finding out he had come first in the Sailability category. Here's what he said “I was pretty upset when I heard of Bart's death and was eager to get involved with the first Bart's Bash in 2014. The weather was bad here in sheerness and the sea state was too dangerous for those launching me, I'm in the boat before launch, so I had to make the decision not to compete which left me bitterly disappointed. That left me more determined than ever to make this year's race and the wind and sea conditions were perfect for me, so I raced and unusually for me got off to a cracking start. I had absolutely no idea that I would be placed anywhere near the top and was checking the results frequently to see how I did against other Challengers from other clubs that I race against on the circuit. I couldn't believe that I had beaten them, and then that I topped the Sailability results. I am very proud to finish where I did. Bart's Bash is a great day, a no pressure race that's great fun and raises money for a great cause, and I'm proud to be involved” Bart’s Bash will be back again in 2016 and this time it will be held over 2 days (Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September). Details on when and where to sign up will be announced very soon

3 years 1 month ago

Bart’s Bash 2015 winners revealed

The final results are in and have been calculated by the Bart’s Bash team, and the winner of Bart’s Bash 2015 has been revealed as Alex Schon and Marc Hiles, sailing at Lake Deneys Yacht Club, South Africa. Clacton Sailing Club, UK, took the rest of the podium places with Pete Boxer and Eilish Dempsey claiming 2nd place and Matthew Burrell and Jack Wayland taking 3rd. Alex and Marc beat thousands of participants from across 62 countries, who took part in the global sailing event on September 20th 2015. After hearing of the news, Alex who sailed with Marc in a Nacra F20 commented “This year we had winds of 35knots and with a short, sharp chop this made for a wild ride, with our Nacra 20 at times launching itself right out of the water. We had a fantastic ride and took a somewhat conservative approach. With only Marc out on the wire, we managed to keep our beast upright. I think that the tough conditions prevented more people from attending, but I really believe that this event needs to grow and that the great work that is being done needs to spread throughout the world, in particular throughout Africa.” For the second time, on 20 September, the world of sailing turned out in a huge show of support for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Bart’s Bash 2015 saw an incredible combined time of one year, one hundred and fifteen days sailing by sailors across 62 countries, Olympic gold medallist Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson was remembered, and funds raised for the international sailing charity founded in his name. To date the ASSF have granted over £250,000 to support the delivery of 20 different inspiring sailing projects, which aim to transform the lives of young people through sailing. Each project supports children and young people aged 5-24 with financial, physical and social needs to participate in sailing and develop them as individuals. An announcement was made last week that Bart’s Bash 2016 will be held over 2 days, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September 2016. This is a really exciting prospect to further the mass participation quest, as for those who wish to can hold events on both days. More details will be announced in the coming months but for now it’s a date to put in the calendar for 2016. ‘Thank you again to everyone for being part of this special event – none of this can happen without you. Whether you are sailing, supporting or organising, you are what makes Bart’s Bash, a wonderful day for all of us and a fitting tribute to Andrew. We really hope you can all join us for Bart’s Bash 2016’.

3 years 2 months ago


The global sailing event ‘Bart’s Bash’ is set to return in 2016, and this time the event will spread across 2 days; Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September. Tim Anderton, Event Organiser explained “Since we launched Bart’s Bash in 2014 we have received lots of feedback from sailing clubs and organisations across the world saying they wish to take part, however they currently sail on Saturdays. We really hope this change will allow even more people to take part in the event and get inspired”. The change in format will allow even more sailors and non-sailors alike to get on the water and enjoy this incredible event, which has so far seen over 50,000 people taking part in more than 70 Countries across the world. The organising team have also decided that similarly to the 2015 event, Bart’s Bash 2016 will not be a Guinness World Record attempt. They simply want to concentrate on encouraging more people onto the water and continue to raise money for the international sailing charity, which is currently supporting a variety of sustainable sailing projects across the world. In 2015 alone, the ASSF have already supported 20 projects with funds totalling more than £250,000. Each project selected supports children and young people aged 5-24 with financial, physical and social needs to participate in sailing and develop them as individuals. So the date is set and the foundations are in place for ‘Bart’s Bash 2016’. Please email [email protected] with your interest for the next event and any questions you may there! ‪#‎SailonBart‬

3 years 2 months ago


A big thank you to Yachts and Yachting Magazine for putting together this fantastic ‪#‎BartsBash‬ 2015 souvenir edition digimag. The review digimag includes lots of the action that took place across the World on September 20th, as well as a wonderful tribute to Andrew 'Bart' Simpson from his closest friends. They also bring you provisional results, perspectives on the day from Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy and others, plus a full list of venues that took part worldwide. Download for free now, and don’t forget to share with your friends. - See more at:

3 years 3 months ago

Sailing charity welcomes applications for its second round of grants

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation has launched its second round of formal grant giving, allowing charities and not-for-profit sailing initiatives and organisations across the world to apply for a grant of up to £10,000. The process will be open from Thursday 1st October- Monday 02nd November 2015. Application forms can be downloaded from or requested by contacting the ASSF grants team at [email protected] Each application form will be assessed by the Foundation’s Impact committee to ensure the projects are sustainable, are in line with Andrew Simpson’s own values and achievements and reflect the aims and objectives of the Foundation, transforming children’s and young people’s lives through sailing. So far in 2015 the ASSF has supported 20 different projects across 6 Countries including: England, Scotland, Sweden, South Africa, Bermuda and Australia. The total money granted so far exceeds £200,000. ASSF CEO, Richard Percy said “we are really pleased to be launching another round of grant giving. The first round saw some fantastic projects awarded financial assistance to really help develop grassroots participation in sailing. I am excited to see the different types of applications we receive during this round, and hope that we can work with even more countries to continue to inspire those aged 5-24 and promote the sport across the world”.

3 years 3 months ago

RESULTS UPDATE: Perfect South African winds leading Bart’s Bash results at the half way mark

In less than three days over 50% of the results for ‪#‎BartsBash‬ 2015 have been loaded into the new results system. Current leader out of 238 venues is Steven de Wit who ‘Sailed For Fun’ in a Corsair/Farrier trimaran at Lake Deneys Yacht Club, South Africa, recorded a corrected Bart Speed of 5.33453 sailing in winds over 18 Knots. An indication of conditions and the fun had in South Africa can be seen on a YouTube video posted by the South African Catamaran Club, who also participated in Bart's Bash this year. Steven leads the hugely varied fleet which has united boats across the world and who together have sailed a staggering 26.5 Million meters in memory of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson. There are now less than 200 clubs, of the 469, to start their results upload. If you can't see your club listed or need support please then email [email protected] Tim and the team are here to help. Organisers have given a motivating deadline to event makers to get results in by Monday 28th September, so the event can report a provisional winner. ‪#‎SailonBart‬

3 years 4 months ago

Global sailing event, Bart’s Bash is nearing the finish line

Thousands of sailors from across the world in 62 countries are taking part in Bart’s Bash, the global sailing event, today Sunday 20th September, in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Many of the world’s greatest sailing names signed up to participate and many have now completed their own personal contribution to the cause, including Iain Percy, Tom Slingsby, Sir Ben Ainslie, Giles Scott, Matt Cornwell to name but a few. There have been numerous highlights already but there is one that stands out as epitomising just what this day, in memory of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, is all about. 8 year old Beatrice Sanger from Southampton in the UK has never sailed before today. She entered Bart's Bash with her family who have also never sailed before. Beatrice came off the boat after sailing on the Olympic waters in Portland Harbour, at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre so enthusiastic about the experience that she went straight over to sign up for the Bart's Buoy Race. Following that she's well and truly caught the bug and is now hassling Dad to book her on to a sailing course! , Organisers report that in excess one million metres have been sailed around the world already and we still have many hours to go with the America’s currently out on the water. Highlight’s footage is available to watch on the event’s website. Results are coming in thick and fast and will be posted online as soon as possible.

3 years 4 months ago

Results System Goes Live

RACE MANAGEMENT for Bart's Bash 2015 launched on Thursday 17th September and is live for Event Makers to practice before the big day. To support clubs this year a series of tutorial videos are available on our you tube channel 'Bart's Bash Race Management Tutorial : How to Create your Races' 'Bart's Bash Race Management Tutorial : How to Enter Results' In these videos Tim Anderton, Event Manager, guides us though the steps for uploading results. The system is NEW, it's improved and it's ready and we encourage Event Mangers to log in to your Venue Profile at, follow the help text and the tutorial guides to manage your venue's results. The races and data created will NOT be deleted, unless requested on feedback, it's your system for the weekend. Please let us know how you find the new system, every finger is crossed at our Bash Base. If you have forgotten your venue password - please email [email protected] Good Luck! NOTES Step 1 Click on ‘CREATE RACE’ and create your race(s) ….a new area will appear called ‘RACES’. You can edit wind speed later. Step 2 Click on ‘Manage results’ for the race your wish to manage, in the new ‘RACES’ area. Step 3. Click ‘Add Result’ and for your first result either click on the button ‘ADD A NEW SAILOR’ or ‘SELECT’ a pre registered sailor. Step 4 Enter result fields and ‘SAVE’ … this will list as a result. Repeats step 3 and 4 for all results for that race. Done … Your saved results are loaded and will filter onto the website. … Questions Answered Download Race Results: Yes, in races you can download to a CSV file, this will be ranked by Bart Number. You can also down load the Participant List in 'Sailors' area to a CSV file, with more detail Editing: You can edit races created to get the right wind speed Participants you have loaded can be edited in Sailors area Combined: Races involving more than one club please email [email protected] so we can support Participants: The system will allow a participant to sail in more than one race but only count, overall, as a sailor once. In the skipper drop down the ‘*’ denotes a participant loaded by the event team Home Club: After loading a new participant in race management, in Sailor area you can edit home club and category details if needed.

3 years 4 months ago

Bart's Bash Guide 2015

A huge thank you to our sponsor Chelsea Magazine for creating our 2015 preview, follow the link for your free copy...

3 years 4 months ago

Barts Bash TV

INTRODUCING... Bart’s Bash TV!! To show the world how amazing this event is we have decided to put together a series of highlight shows on the day, reflecting the event in different timezones, with a final episode being available the weekend after the Bash. YOUR INVITED TO BE PART OF OUR SHOW Here’s how you get involved: Video: In advance: We’d love to hear your stories about why Bart’s Bash is important to you. So please video something now and send it to us using the instructions below. On the day: Please start your video with the words “Welcome to Bart’s Bash at” Whether this is individuals or as groups, we want to capture Bart’s Bash in it’s true form, lots of people having a great day together taking part in an amazing sport. Film some racing, some before and after shots and perhaps ask a few of your participants if they enjoyed themselves. We’d love to hear your story about why this event is important to you. What’s special about what you’re doing and your location? Also can you include a landmark that makes your area unique? You can send your videos in lots of different ways: 1. Dropbox- If you have an account save the file and share the link with us [email protected] 2. Wetransfer the video across to [email protected] 3. YouTube Upload the video to your own YouTube account and include your location and ‘Bart’s Bash’ in the title. Please say who and where you are in the details. Include ‘BartsBash’ in the tags. Then please send the YouTube URL of your video clip to: [email protected] 4. Email your video to [email protected] For the pros: If you can rally the technical capability to get creative that would be great. Can you immediately edit the best bits together and send us the video direct via our FTP system? Keep the video short – around a minute and export as H264, Quicktime .mov . Data rate: 3000kbps Frame size; 1024x576 That should enable you to upload it quickly (and for us to download it quickly) via our FTP: Address the clip to: [email protected] and put the details of who and where you are in the message. THE SHOWS Bart’s Bash will officially kick off at 0000 UTC on Sunday 20th September- The venue where that we will be we are still not sure of as we are waiting for all venues to sign up but we will keep you posted. There will be 3 highlights videos each representing a different part of the world (all times are shown in UTC so you will need to check against the time in your country). They are as follows Episode 1- To be shown at 07:00 UTC Episode 2- To be shown at 16:00 UTC Episode 3- To be shown at 00:00 UTC September 21st Episode 1 will include highlights from Countries in time zones UTC+12 hours - UTC+4 hours and will include highlights from countries including New Zealand, China and Indonesia Episode 2 will include Countries in timezones UTC+3 - UTC-1 including Africa, South Africa and Europe. Episode 3 will include highlights videos from venues in timezones UTC-2 – UTC -9 and will include venues in USA, South America and the Caribbean. Pictures: Tweet and share your pictures as soon as possible using the hashtag #bartsbash #sailonbart . Add the detail of who and where you are. Or you can upload your best pictures to Flickr and send the link to: [email protected] along with all the details. Thanks! Social Media Links- Twitter- @bartsbash Facebook- BartsBash Instagram- Barts_bash_ Official Hashtags- #SailonBart #BartsBash SO, get thinking about your filming and picture plan, we can't wait to see your Highlights! The Bart's Bash team

3 years 4 months ago


September has finally arrived, for some of us the ‪sailing‬ season is slowly coming to an end and for others it's only just beginning, however we wanted to kick off this extremely exciting and slightly crazy month with an announcement about our grant giving process Following a successful first round of grants early this year, we will be reopening the application process again on October 1st, 2915. We will be offering both practical and financial support in the delivery of inspiring sailing programmes. Once again we will be looking to collaborate with charitable and not for profit sailing initiatives internationally. We anticipate a large demand and we will prioritise initiatives which work collaboratively, directly engage the age range of 5 – 24 and have clear exit routes for children and young people to stay engaged in the sport. These grants would not be possible without the funding raised during Bart's Bash and other amazing events all our supporters participate in. We are so grateful to everyone who puts all the effort to fundraise for us and allow us to carry on supporting amazing causes and continue Andrew's legacy. More details regarding the process will become available soon. ‪#‎SailOnBart‬

3 years 4 months ago


Swedish Sailing Hero presents cheque to Access Ability Center, GKSS The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation has awarded the GKSS Access Ability Centre in Gothenburg Sweden a grant of KR 52,000 (£4,000) to develop their “Everyone Can Sail” programme. The presentation was made during the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Gothenburg by ASSF Ambassador, Olympic Gold Medallist and America’s Cup sailor, Freddy Lööf. “Everyone Can Sail” is a comprehensive school sailing project that teaches children and young people from throughout the City to sail. The programme is designed for open pre-school where the youngest children are taught to approach the water and try sailing, including those with disabilities. The club works with children and young people from all districts of Gothenburg, meeting hundreds of children every week, who have never had the opportunity to try sailing. Through the programme children learn the basics and are then passed on to various local clubs to continue their sailing activities. GKSS Commodore, Rasmus Bergström, said “We believe that we can create a great pathway to get more children into sailing, but even more importantly, to retain them in the sport that gives us all so much back”. “Our goal is that the majority of those who come and sail with us will choose to continue in the sport. We see that they return to our “Open Sailing” after they had visited us with their school. We also want to create opportunities for children with disabilities to find a way into sailing competition and enjoy it as a sport.” Freddy added “It’s fantastic to be in Gothenburg for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, and see the great work being done here in the city by the Access Sailing Centre. Andrew would be very proud, I feel honoured to be an ambassador for this charity, and will do what I can to carry on his legacy here in Sweden. Last year we also saw the Foundation launch Bart’s Bash, the world’s largest sailing and fund raising event, and it was awesome here in Sweden. I look forward to taking part again on 20th September 2015, get signed up at your local club!”.

3 years 4 months ago


ANNOUNCING - BART’S VIRTUAL SAILING CHAMPIONSHIPS A FUNDRAISER IN AID OF THE ANDREW SIMPSON SAILING FOUNDATION ACT ONE: 1st - 3rd September, 2015 IN BRIEF The event - A new virtual fleet-racing championship on, Six ‘Acts’ taking place between September 2015 and March 2016, Rankings for individuals, clubs and countries The objectives - To help sailors, clubs and coaches stay active over winter, To promote participation in Bart’s Bash 2015 on 20th September, To raise funds for a great cause IN DETAIL Following the record-breaking success of “Bart’s Bash”, the global sailing event that took place in September 2014 in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF) and the success of the first-ever "Virtual Sailing World Championship" which took place in May 2015 on, we are proud to announce an exciting collaboration between ASSF and SailX to run a new virtual fleet racing series. This new event is to be called “Bart’s Virtual Sailing Championship”. Bart’s Virtual Sailing Championship is a six “Act” championship that will take place over six months of the Northern Hemisphere winter. Act 1 will take place from 1st to 3rd Sept. Sign-up and get racing now! Entry is free and open for the duration of the Championship. Please just make a voluntary donation to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation if you're inspired by what we are doing. ASSF CEO, Richard Percy commented saying “The aim of this championship is to provide sailors, clubs and coaches with an activity that will keep them active and engaged in sailing - and even improving their skills - over the sport’s (Northern Hemisphere) off-season. We see this as innovative way of continuing the great work done by Bart’s Bash in raising awareness of, and lowering entry barriers to, the sport of sailing.” Act 1 (of 6) of Bart’s Virtual Sailing Championship will be supporting this year's Bart's Bash, the World's Largest Sailing Event, which takes place on 20th September at clubs all over the world. The parties’ joint ambition is to encourage as many sailors and non-sailors to participate in Bart’s Bash and to also make sailors aware how much virtual sailing can actually improve real life sailing. We will be encouraging first time racers to sign up on SailX and to use the 'Learn to Sail' and 'Prepare to Race' tools, such as the extensive help and support in their training for the Bash (e.g. pressing 'H' for help tips, ‘M’ to ask questions, etc). Additionally we will be encouraging clubs and club coaches to sign up to SailX in order to engage members in some inter-club rivalry and to keep them having fun and learning over the winter months. SailX Founder, Amando Estela commented saying “We are extremely proud to be chosen by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation to run this event. We 100% share their belief that there is something special about sailing (and sailors) in that it can have a huge positive impact on individuals, particularly kids. This belief has guided SailX development over the years and we look forward to helping them make a difference.” We hope you enjoy! The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation and SailX teams.

3 years 4 months ago

Prize draw for Laser sailors

UKLA and Laser Performance have teamed up to provide a brand new Laser Sail as a Bart's Bash prize for UKLA members participating in the 2015 event being held on 20th September. All 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 will be entered into a prize draw for the sail. Bart's Bash is the world's largest sailing event that is run by sailing clubs all around the world on behalf of The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. For more information about the event and participating clubs see the Bart's Bash web site,

3 years 4 months ago


It's just one month until Bart's Bash 2015...

3 years 5 months ago

America's Cup Special

The America’s Cup World Series sails into Portsmouth UK next week and The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF) has been granted some very special privileges and will be playing a number of exciting roles, which we would like to share! Today’s post includes … • Andrew Simpson's Charity Auction - launching Monday 20th July • ASSF Gala Dinner at the Ben Ainslie Racing Team Base • Sailing Sessions inspired by the America's Cup • Bart’s Bash sign up in the America's Cup Festival Arena ... ASSF Silent Charity Auction An amazing auction line up will open for bidding on Monday 20th July. This silent auction, closing on Wednesday 22nd July at 23:15 BST, includes….. U2 tickets, Three premium tickets to watch U2 at the O2 Arena at a date in late October tbc. These tickets are almost sold out so are in high demand! Golf with Rugby Legend Martin Corry, A four-ball game of golf at The Grove, Hertfordshire with English rugby legend Martin Corry MBE. Value approx £600 for the golf but Martin’s company is priceless! TracTrac event - A day’s live tracking for a yacht or dinghy event for up to 30 boats, located anywhere in the UK or Ireland. Prize to be taken before 31st December 2016 In all this prize would be worth over £1,000. His and her set of Henri Lloyd Ultimate Cruiser Jacket and Hi-Fits These Ultimate Cruiser Jackets have been engineered to be the ultimate in cruising apparel, available in both men’s and ladies sizes. This range offers all the comfort, features and durability the serious cruising sailor demands. America's Cup experiences…. and many more including a signed bottle of scotch by no other than the Right Honourable Prime Minister, David Cameron! GOOD LUCK - the bidding starts Monday ... Gala Dinner We are very honoured and excited to host the first major dinner at Ben Ainslie Racing new Team Base celebrating Andrew Simpson and the Sailing Foundation in his name. This is a real privilege and should be an electric night as the America's Cup teams come together just before the start on the World Series. The picture in this post is from the first dinner in San Francisco 2013.We are planning more dinners so if you are interested in attending a future Gala Dinner or in a position to offer auction items, please email [email protected] ... Get Sailing The official charity of the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth, The 1851 Trust is to partner with The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation to deliver inspiring sailing taster sessions to school children in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas throughout the summer holidays. The Portsmouth Sailing Project is funded by Travis Perkins plc and will be hosted by Portsmouth Sailing Club from Monday 27 July until Sunday 30 August 2015. The project has a target of providing sailing taster sessions for up to 1000 young people aged 9-14 years during the 5 weeks of operation. Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation Trustee and Patron of the 1851 Trust, Sir Ben Ainslie added “Having two great charities working together to get young people from Portsmouth out on the water and experience sailing is just fantastic… we are very much looking forward to seeing lots of young people out in boats over the summer. It’s great that two charities with similar objectives of helping young people get onto the water, to experience this amazing sport, are able to do so during and after one of the most memorable sailing events Portsmouth has ever seen”. See us at the America's Cup! We are so excited that the start of the America's Cup World Series Portsmouth is in just one week’s time. We're going to be there too, so please come and visit us in the Waterfront Festival Arena where we will have a variety of fun activities taking place, as well as information on how you can take part in our Global Sailing Event, Bart's Bash on September 20th. IT'S FREE, although you do need to book tickets to enter the Arena area, so why not come and join us and watch two of our Trustees, Iain Percy from Artemis Racing and Ben Ainslie from Ben Ainslie Racing battle it out alongside other sailing superstars in the first event of this exciting new world series. OK, that’s all for now folks, thank you very much for reading, it’s an exciting week ahead and good luck for when the bidding starts! #sailonbart

3 years 6 months ago

Sailing stars encourage everyone to make Bart’s Bash the World’s largest sailing event

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 Sir Robin- Knox-Johnston, Sir Ben Ainslie, 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 he 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.

3 years 7 months ago

Popular airshows signs up and take the world’s largest sailing event to new heights.

Bart's Bash 2015 continues to amaze and grow with Southport Air Show signing up as 200th venue. The, Road Show team are planning to showcase the sport of sailing with a foiling Solent Whisper Cat at 10 costal airshows this summer - they will also use a range of topper sail boats to invite show goers onto the water and participate in Bart's Bash on September 20th 2015. A free Bart's Bash booth is being offered to all sailing clubs, training schools and sailing outfits across the country who want to invite new people to take part their activities. Ross Smith, Event Manager and Director of, says 'We simply want to stir things up and try to reach a new generation of boaters to get more people interested and going boating. We hope the airshows with their combined audience of 3.1 million will give an exciting platform to local sailing clubs to promote and have some fun along the way'. 'We have only recently found out about the date of Bart's Bash this year and looking at our roadshow calendar could not believe that at the last air show on our UK tour, on the very last day, we could help showcase this incredible sailing event in memory of Andrew Simpson. We are going to make sure all the major airshows around the UK promote sailing and try to motivate a new audience to get on the water, so to end the tour with the Bart's Bash will be a fantastic finale' This is the second time the unique sailing event has taken place. Over 550 venues took part in the 2014 event and this year the Foundation hopes even more will get on board. Any sailing clubs, community sailing programmes, sail training centres, yacht clubs, groups' of sailors and now airshows can hold a Bart's Bash race. This year the aim of the 2015 campaign is to increase participation even further with the ultimate goal of becoming the world's biggest sporting event.

3 years 8 months ago

International sailing charity announces over seventy thousand pounds of grants

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is to give grants totalling seventy one thousand, four hundred and seventy five pounds (£71,475) to not-for-profit sailing projects in South Africa, Bermuda, Scotland and England. The grants are the first of the Charity’s formal grant giving process which opened in January 2015. Thirteen projects have been selected to receive grants ranging from £2,000 to £10,000. The projects include: St Fergus Primary School in Aberdeenshire Scotland where the funds awarded will help provide a sailing course for 12 pupils in upper stages to be given the opportunity to gain Stage 1 and 2 RYA dinghy sailing qualifications. Garden Route Sailing Academy, who have set up a project with Ridgeview Primary School and Sao Bra High in Mossel Bay, South Africa. This project provides children from a local township with transport to and from Mossel Bay, regular sailing sessions, a warm shower and a hot meal. The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation committee in Bermuda will be working to deliver the Waterwise schools sailing initiative. This is an educational based schools sailing programme that adopts the STEM curriculum (science, technology, engineering and maths). The Foundation’s Trustees Impact committee reviewed each application to ensure the potentially funded projects were sustainable and reflect the aims and objectives of the Foundation, transforming children and young people’s lives through sailing. Committee member Amanda Simpson, Trustee of ASSF commented “The impact committee are delighted to be able to support such worthwhile programmes to help young people get inspired with the funds raised by many amazing individuals that took part in Bart’s Bash. The grants have been awarded to projects that meet the aims and objectives of the Foundation and we look forward working in partnership with those who have received awards for the successful fruition of these schemes” These thirteen grants are additional to the two larger grants awarded this year by the Foundation to the NSSA (National Schools Sailing Association) in the UK and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre to carry out valuable research into the benefits of sailing, taking the total donated this year to over £180,000. A second round of grant giving will be announced over the next few months and once again will be open to all not for profit sailing projects and community sailing programmes worldwide.

3 years 8 months ago

Clipper Race Yacht Club sign up for Bart's Bash 2015

Last year, nine of the twelve Clipper 70 yachts took part in the race, and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston joined more than 130 alumni Clipper Race crew members and skippers spanning seven race editions on the 24.8 mile course on the Solent, specially created for the Bart’s Bash event. The Clipper Race Yacht Club (CRYC) raised over £2,500 for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. The Clipper Race Yacht Club was set up in 2009 and has over 840 members worldwide. It is the only club in the world that requires an ocean crossing qualification and has more circumnavigators in its membership than any other club. Membership is exclusive to anyone who has participated in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Sir Robin remarked: “Bart’s Bash was a fantastic day to get the Clipper 70s out on the water and it was a pleasure to see many familiar Clipper Race faces return to Gosport once again. We had perfect sailing conditions and many experienced ocean racers competing which made the race very close and exciting, with the lead changing quite a lot.” Continuing, he said: “Congratulations to the team at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation for creating such a successful, global sailing event. It was a proud moment for all at the CRYC to be able to join together, be part of history and raise funds for the first ever Bart’s Bash and we are looking forward to being part of the action again this year.” The CRYC is looking forward to taking part in this very deserving cause once again to remember Bart and help promote and support the growth of sailing.   About the CRYC: The Clipper Race Yacht Club, founded by the late Colin de Mowbray MBE, who created it as, “a logical way to bring some gentle order to this special group of adventurers,” was officially launched by the club’s President, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, and Vice President Sir Keith Mills in St Katharine Docks, London in April 2009 in order to bring like-minded former Clipper Round the World Race crew together to carry on their sailing adventures. With 840 members world-wide, the club of Clipper Race alumni annually share their experiences on and off the water, run entirely by an elected committee made up of former crew volunteers.

3 years 10 months ago

Iain and Nathan take Bart's Bash winner Chelsea for a ride on their 49er

We were delighted to receive some news from Australia over the weekend that Olympic Gold Medalists Iain Jensen Aka Goobs and Nathan Outteridge had taken Bart’s Bash winner Chelsea Williams from Lake Macquarie for a ride on their 49er with them. 11 year old Chelsea, a Flying 11 sailor from Belmont, won the event at her local club in last year's inaugural event and took part at Wangi Wangi Amateur Sailing Club. “Chelsea did a great job with her first time on the trapeze and helming a 49er in 15 knots of wind” said Goobs. Chelsea who appears to now be converted to skiff sailing said her favorite part of the day was “nailing the tack and gybe standing up the whole way and not falling over”. Tony Bishop Bart’s Bash Event Founder was overwhelmed by the video and said "It's so inspiring. I got a bit choked up when I saw the video, what an incredible experience for Chelsea and how cool was she on helm! ... this is exactly what Bart’s Bash is all about. A massive thank you to Nathan and Iain for offering this awesome prize”. To see Chelsea in action visit And a massive thank you to Beau Outteridge for filming this amazing video.

3 years 10 months ago

News Update post RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show

As the last visitors poured out of Alexandra Palace the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation took a moment to look back on a great RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show. The Foundation team certainly packed a lot in … As the doors opened on Saturday venue registration started for Bart’s Bash 2015, the global sailing race on behalf of the Foundation, which will take place on 20 September. Thanks to some great support from the RYA, Bart’s Bash had its own anchorage at the Show and visitors were soon signing the Bart’s Bash buoy poster to pledge their support to this year’s event. Then it was off to the main stage – there was so much going on at the Show but we were given a great slot on the stage for us to share a milestone moment for the charity, Founding Trustee Iain Percy OBE handed a cheque for £23,000 to the National School Sailing Association, the first of the Foundation’s major grants. The money will allow the Association to expand its work in schools nationally.  On Sunday it was off to a Push the Boat Out workshop hosted by the RYA. As ever keen to increase participation the RYA had asked the Foundation team to talk about Bart’s Bash which the RYA feel is a perfect end to the sailing season which starts with their own, popular Push the Boat Out events.   All weekend the Foundation enjoyed huge support from exhibitors and visitors, all keen to support the charity and its work in memory of Andrew “Bart” Simpson So a big thank you to the RYA, Mindworks and all our supporters at the Show.   So it’s now back to base to get busy fund raising, getting ready to announce the next grants to some fabulous projects and offering financial support to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre so it can get even more children and young people afloat…  

3 years 10 months ago

Will the World’s largest sailing race become the World’s largest sporting event?

On 28 February, at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, the count “up” began to Bart’s Bash 2015, the global sailing race being held on 20 September on behalf of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.  Count “up” because registration for venues around the world intending to hold a race was officially opened at the Show and, by the second day of the Show, the number had already climbed to 57, with hundreds more expected in the next few months. A special message from America’s Cup winning skipper, Jimmy Spithill, encouraged everyone to get involved and laid down a challenge to Iain Percy and Sir Ben Ainslie to beat him this year.  Founding Trustee of the Foundation, Olympic Gold medallist and now America’s Cup team boss, Iain Percy had flown in to the Show to accept the challenge and add his own encouragement to everyone to make Bart’s Bash 2015 another special event. This is the second time the unique sailing event has taken place. Bart’s Bash was conceived in 2014 as a participation event in memory of Andrew “Bart” Simpson. It grew beyond all expectations and officially became the largest sailing race in the world, raising over £360,000 for the charity started in Bart’s name. This year 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.  All Bart’s Bash participants are being encouraged to raise valuable funds for the Foundation which is already undertaking a range of sustainable projects, using sailing to transform the lives of children and young people globally.   Link to view the Jimmy Spithill video    Bart’s Bash team member Tony Bishop, chatted live at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show. Link to hear what he said    

3 years 10 months ago

The 2015 Event Guide

“Once again, we feel honoured to be able to write the forward to this Event Guide. We’re especially grateful to have the opportunity to thank you all personally for your contribution towards making Bart’s Bash not only the Largest Sailing Race in the World, but also the most fun, the most inspiring and the most community building day in our sport.” Last year we came together in Andy’s name to do an incredible thing. Over 30,000 people took to the water to race alongside each other in thousands of different types of boats. You took part in every corner of the world and we raised a significant amount of money to enable the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation to really launch its global ambitions and transform the lives of young people through sailing. It was wholeheartedly the kind of event that Andy would have dreamed of being part of and we are full of pride and gratitude that you were all able to help make it happen. In particular, we would like to pay tribute to the volunteers whose support underpinned everything – the seven thousand or so Event Makers and Officials who poured their energies into making each local race so special and engaging – without these individuals the memories that we all treasure would not have been remotely possible. It can be a difficult and time consuming task taking on such an organisational challenge but we want you to know that we - and many, many other people - value your support enormously. You were the beating heart of this event and we could not have made it without you. Thank you. It’s incredibly exciting (and a little bit ‘where did the time go?’) that we are now beginning the countdown towards the second Bart’s Bash race. On September 20th we will once again have the opportunity to come together as a sport, to challenge ourselves, to inspire others, to introduce newcomers to the thrill of sailing and to globally compete against one another. We hope you will enjoy the concept of the ‘Bart’s Bash Buoy’ races, intended to support newcomers to experience the thrill of a race without the potentially daunting prospect of a start line, and we are also introducing ‘Bart’s Bash Buddies’ because everything’s more fun when you can do it alongside a friend! “It’s been an emotional year and it’s hard to believe that we are already once again at the start of the preparations for another glorious day as a global sailing community. Bart’s Bash wholly embodies the memory of the man we loved so much, and it is something we can all now share together. Let’s keep riding this wave and once more put on a spectacle like no other to show the world what Bart and sailing are all about!” We wish you the very best of luck in this year’s race, and thank you once again for everything you contribute.  FOREWARD by Leah Simpson and Amanda Simpson 

3 years 11 months ago

Bart's Bash 2015: Venue sign up launch at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show

Also celebrate Bart's Bash 2014 Guinness World Record, buy a T-shirt and grab a venue thank you poster! Bart's Bash team at the RYA Dinghy Show As part of the Bart's Bash 2015 launch campaign we'll be visiting the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace on Saturday 28 February and Sunday 1 March. The Show marks the start of venue sign up for the 2015 Bart's Bash which takes place on Sunday 20 September 2015. The Bart's Bash organising team will also be joining the RYA for their Sunday workshop at the Show. Running from 14:00-15:30 this will focus on Clubs getting the best out of the RYA's Push the Boat Out at the beginning of the season and Bart's Bash at the end of the season. Download your Bart's Bash 2015 Event Guide to find out more... Come and collect your commemorative poster from the team We couldn't have achieved such an incredible turnout for Bart's Bash without the help of all our wonderful event makers. We have therefore designed a poster to be displayed at each participating venue as a way of thanking you. If you were an Event Maker for a club visit stand A22 at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show to be presented you with your club's poster (only one poster can be released per Club). Our stand will also be proudly displaying official Guinness World Record certificate, giving you the perfect opportunity to have your photo taken with it as World Record holders. Guinness World Records has provided us with a code which means you can also purchase your very own certificate. Please contact Tim on [email protected] to receive this code. Hot off the press... Bart's Bash very own fabulous designer Polly has created a retro 'OFFICIAL' stamp to celebrate our record breaking Bart's Bash. We loved it so much that we've printed it on a limited long sleeve t-shirt! It's on sale now at Wave clothing. and will also be available to purchase at the show. Thank you for reading this, we are very excited and a bit scared at the same time... Bart's Bash Venue sign up starts in two days!

3 years 11 months ago

Joint success for Foundation and Bart’s Bash at Yachts and Yachting awards

The Yachts and Yachting Awards took place on Thursday 15 January at CWM FX London Boat Show. Two of the most popular wins of the evening were the awards for Event of the Year and Achievement of the Year, won by Bart’s Bash and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation respectively. These both won their respective categories by a huge margin, and their announcements were greeted by cheers from the crowds. The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation were also introduced as Yachts & Yachting’s Charity of the year. “We’re delighted to announce that the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is our chosen charity for this year,” Coreltt-Pitt said. “We’re looking forward to helping raise awareness of the charity, and undertake some fundraising ourselves in order to support this extremely inspirational and worthwhile cause going forwards.” Event of the Year  Winner: Bart’s Bash  “I think unless you have been hiding under a rock this year, you can guess the winner in this category. It was an event that blew all the others out of the water in pretty much every sense, and in doing so, Bart’s Bash set a new Guinness world record. “The numbers are astounding: 30,000 participants in 68 countries officially made the worlds largest race possible, raising over £366,000 for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation in memory of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson.” – Georgie Corlett-Pitt. Editor – Yachts & Yachting Magazine. Achievement of the Year Winner: Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation “The runaway winner in this category was the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. And it’s hardly a surprise. The achievements of this inspirational charity in just the short time since it was set up would have made the big man, Andrew Bart Simpson, extremely proud, and have already created an exceptional legacy. I’m sure many of you here took part in Barts Bash last year, an incredible event that united sailors across the globe. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it, it really was an incredibly experience.  “But Bart’s Bash was just one small part of the vision that the Andrew Simpson Sailing has to raise funds and share their resources in order to help change the lives of young people across the country, and indeed the world, by introducing them to sailing. There’s plenty more to come I believe!” – Georgie Corlett-Pitt. Editor – Yachts & Yachting Magazine.  Posted on 17th January 2015

3 years 11 months ago

It’s a World record!

Sailing star Sir Ben Ainslie has accepted an official Guinness World Record Certificate for Bart’s Bash, the charity global sailing race that took place on 21 September 2014. It is now officially the largest sailing race on one day in the world.   Sir Ben is one of the founding trustees of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF) and accepted the certificate from Guinness World Record adjudicator, Elizabeth Smith, at a ceremony at the CWM FX London Boat Show at ExCel.   The charity was founded in memory of, and inspired by, Olympic Gold medallist Andrew “Bart” Simpson who died at the age of 36. Bart’s Bash was created both to remember the inspirational sailor and to raise funds for the charity’s work in sailing.   Over 16,000 boats in 60 countries took to the water. The first time event raised a massive £366,391.95.   An amazing 9,484 boats at 237 locations worldwide submitted evidence (video of start and finish and witness statements) which was then submitted by the team to Guinness to enable them to verify the record.   Sir Ben Ainslie commented “It’s a real pleasure to accept this certificate on behalf of the Foundation. No-one could have imagined how big the event would become. Initially we weren’t sure if we would make our target of 2,500 boats on the water. In fact it was nearly 10,000! It is a real reflection of how much Bart meant to people across the world, and how sailing can unite people.”   Guinness World Records President Alistair Richards on the achievement: “It is a great honour to officially recognise the record title for Largest Sailing Race in 24 hours (multiple venues) achieved by Bart’s Bash, organised by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. It is testament to Andrew’s popularity and enduring legacy. The work the foundation does is a brilliant and fitting tribute to a man who dedicated his life to the sport he loved and always encouraged others to apply the same dedication in order to reach their potential. We at Guinness World Records share Andrew’s and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation’s passion for encouraging people to work hard to achieve extraordinary things.”   ENDS   Posted on 14th January 2015

3 years 11 months ago

Over £366,000 raised for Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation

Bart’s Bash, the global sailing race that took place on September 21st, 2014 raised an incredible three hundred and thirty six thousand, three hundred and ninety one pounds and ninety five pence (£366,391.95) for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.   The race was held in memory of Andrew “Bart” Simpson, the Olympic gold medal sailor who died in May 2013. The announcement of the grand total of fundraising was made by Freddie, Andrew Simpson’s four year old son and his classmates at Sherborne Primary School.   Freddie also drew the winners of two competitions which incentivised the fund raising. Terry Ross, Gulf Harbour Yacht Club David Wilkins, Rutland Sailing Club Duncan Greenhalgh York RI Sailing Club and Angus Graham WPNSA, Castle Cove SC, ASSC all won a trip to Ben Ainslie Racing’s new Portsmouth base for a tour and to experience sailing on an AC45.   Chris Mayhew from Royal Harwich Yacht Club won the exciting trip to the Artemis America’s Cup base in San Francisco to meet Iain Percy and sail in the bay.   The announcement of the total comes exactly one year since the event was launched and it’s a testament to the hard work of the Bart’s Bash team that so many people made it on to the water on one special day and so much money raised in memory of Bart.   Funds raised from this amazing event will be used to support the Foundation’s national and international projects which allow any young person, regardless of circumstance, to experience the challenges and education of sailing.   The Foundation will be working together with a number of not for profit sailing initiatives in the future. In 2015 a grant giving applications process opens, offering a wide range of support, financial or practical.   Richard Percy CEO of the Foundation said “A huge thank you from everyone at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation for supporting us and helping to create a fantastic sailing event to honour a great sailor. We really hope to see you all out on the water on September 20th for the next Bart’s Bash.”   Posted on 17th December 2014

4 years 1 month ago

Bart's Bash Nominated in the Yachts and Yachting 2015 Awards

We've only gone and been nominated for the Yachts and Yachting Magazine Awards 2015 'Best Event' category...!! BOOM! We are all cock-a-hoop and honoured to have been noticed by these lovely folk, and best of all we are all allowed to have a vote to decide the winner! Clearly, we at Bart's Bash HQ are proper biased, however you can take a more pragmatic view when you make your vote, but vote you must and let's get everyone involved - there are also a load of other awards up for grabs including one for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, and one for Iain Percy (Official FB). Everyone involved deserves some recognition, so please go to and make your choices known!! Please support us if you can, we love a little bit of winning!

4 years 2 months ago