Mr Bump gets first in Class

1st December at 08:16
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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

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