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13th April at 10:37

The money raised for Bart’s Bash will go to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. This registered charity was founded in memory of, and inspired by, Olympic Gold medallist, sailor Andrew “Bart” Simpson who died at the age of 36. The Foundation honours the life and legacy of a sailor who was passionate about encouraging and helping others fulfil their aims. Its objective is to “inspire the next generation”.

The Foundation offers 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. It recognises sailing as a sport and or recreation is not always accessible to all because of financial, physical, learning disability, mental health or social barriers. The Foundation breaks down those barriers by working with sailing providers by offering financial and practical support.

Some of the projects supported by the ASSF include:

  • Volunteer instructor training grants- courses will be delivered across the RYA regions, and will be available to volunteers, who give their time to teach children and young people sailing at not for profit sailing clubs and organisations.

Funding the National Schools Sailing Association to train volunteers, cover regatta costs for those that cannot afford it, offer 18 children the opportunity to join the NSSA Highflyers week to develop sailing skills.

  • Allowing children in the Townships of South Africa to enjoy getting on the water for the first time, as well as giving a hot shower and a meal.
  • Sea Sanctuary, Falmouth Cornwall- Using sailing to address mental health issues.
  • Chicago Park Districts Community Sailing Programme- Offering regular sailing sessions and transport to inner city children and young people in Chicago.

Our direct work includes funding valuable research into sailing as a means to educate and develop young people. From that research we will work to create sailing programmes which offer a pathway to success for young people.…

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