16-17 September 2017

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Bart’s Bash is a global sailing race taking place at hundreds of venues, with thousands of sailors in hundreds of different classes of boat around the world. This incredible event works on the assumption that sailing venues host their races at weekends and we invite them to unite in one colossal global sailing event. Bart’s Bash is open to all sailing clubs, yacht clubs, scout groups, sea cadets, windsurfing clubs, individuals and any venue globally that can host a race and are inspired to take part.

Put simply it’s the day the world goes sailing!

It's a day the sailing community remembers Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, a double Olympic medallist who tragically lost his life whilst training for the Americas cup in 2013. Bart’s Bash is an annual fundraising and participation campaign promoted by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF). Each individual event is organised by a venue which is the organising authority for all activities at their site.

The event was founded in 2014 and was verified By Guinness World Record as The Largest Sailing Race in the World. Sailing venues around the world engaged with the campaign by agreeing to organise a sailing event during the Bart’s Bash period (17th 18th September 2016).

2017 Foreword by Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percey OBE

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 everyounger, 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 afl oat. 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

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