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Bart's Bash - all over the world


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 21 Sep 2016

Bart's Bash - all over the world

From a properly global viewpoint, the biggest thing happening in sailing these last few days was Bart's Bash. For the uninitiated, this is a worldwide event that ‘virtually' races everyone sailing anywhere against each other by recording elapsed times on a racecourse of known length, and then doing the maths.

This year, some 7,300 participants from 363 clubs across 58 countries participated 17/18 September, and as soon as all the local administrators have entered the race times on the Bart's Bash website ( then an Overall Winner of The World's Largest Sailing Event will be announced. Let's hope there weren't any protests.

Bart's Bash HQ is in the UK, and the event is organised by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation in memory of Andrew ‘Bart' Simpson who tragically lost his life in the run up to the last America's Cup. On the other side of the globe we may be, but Bart's Bash is alive and well in Asia, with registrations from venues in China, Hong Kong, Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Japan. (1).

It's a fundraiser, and this year monies raised will be going to Disabled Sailing, globally, so it was very appropriate that Sailability (HK) was one of the three organisers in Hong Kong, along with Lantau Boat Club and Discovery Bay Yacht Club. The finishes are not all logged yet (it takes a while!), and the money is still being counted (if you haven't already done so, donate here: but we'll get back to that in due course.

Standing by on 72.

Guy Nowell, Asia Editor

Bart's Bash – A resounding success
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
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!... [more]

Bart's Bash 2016 by Sailability (HK)
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
It seemed like a perfect fit, with the event in Hong Kong being run by Sailability (HK) and Bart's Bash this year raising money for disabled sailing. Hebe Haven Yacht Club kindly hosted the event, and so it was that at 12.00 hrs RO Dave Norton and ARO Josef Roels nipped smartly through a race briefing – class flag up, P up (no, the P is on the other end of the pole, that's better...), P down etc... [more]

Bart's Bash at Lantau Boat Club - don't underestimate the tide-
Stephen Devlin, Lantau Boat Club,
The run out to the start looked promising under blue skies. About 10 knots of puff was coming from the north, and so Race Officer Sidney Leung elected for course 4 which was a 22 nautical mile clockwise run to Kau Yi Chau with a sausage between Datum Rock and Sui Kau Yi Chau thrown in. This would have been a great course in a steady 10 kts, but unfortunately the breeze disappeared just before the... [more]

Sailability (HK) races in Bart's Bash
Asia Yacht Press,
Sailability (HK) is a registered charity that runs sailing programmes for people with disabilities in Hong Kong. Founded in 2009, the Hebe Haven Sailability Trust has grown rapidly over the years, and the group has now reached the milestone of 1,000 disabled sailors. Sailability (HK) has a fleet of Hansa Access dinghies and 2.4mR single-handed racing boats.... [more]

Bart's Bash 2016 - We (almost) have lift off-
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
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).... [more]

Third annual Bart's Bash launches around the world
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
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!... [more]

China Club Challenge Cup 2016. Calm after the storm - very-
Shanghai Sailor,
If anyone ever faced a challenge running a regatta it was the organisers of this year's China Club Challenge Match in Xiamen China. Mere hours before the practice day, typhoon Meranti descended on the island city. Well, ‘descended' is perhaps not the correct word, more like ‘fell, with a hammer blow'. The strongest storm anywhere on earth this year, it devastated - not only the city... [more]

Platu Transworld Regatta, 9-12 February 2017, Pattaya, Thailand.
Kev Scott, Yachts In Thailand,
What would you rather be doing in February next year? Chipping ice off your chain plates on the hardstanding, or enjoying 30?C of Thai sunshine (27?C if you fall in the water), strictly t-shirts and shorts sailing in the Gulf of Thailand? So how about four days of hot competition in the Platu Transworlds 9-12 February 2017. Sounds good so far?... [more]

'Grate Art' in Hong Kong
Ocean Recovery Alliance,
In an effort to help Hong Kongers play their part in protecting the world's ocean, Ocean Recovery Alliance is raising awareness through a unique public art installation called ‘Grate Art'. Hong Kong's drainage system is one of the main sources for debris outflow into the ocean, and Ocean Recovery Alliance is tackling this problem upstream through an initiative that uses “art for awareness”.... [more]

Gladwell's Line - Cup Decision all but officially confirmed
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
Since we published the updated editorial commentary on the Arbitration Panel Decision on the now no more Auckland Qualifier Series for the 2017 America's Cup, at least four unconnected international sources have confirmed to Sail-World that our story is correct, and the Decision has indeed gone the way of the Kiwis.... [more]

The 8th Vendée Globe sees the biggest international line-up
Vendée Globe,
The line-up for the race, the internationalisation, media coverage, the race course, the official villages... In front of a large number of journalists, Yves Auvinet, President of the SAEM Vendée, presented the main features for the eighth edition... [more]

The Pope gets vital support for World Sailing Presidential nomination
Richard Gladwell,,
The Presidential election for World Sailing will be a controversial affair with the injection of former ISAF President Paul Henderson (CAN) onto the ballot paper. Sail-World understands that Henderson has received the support from the required five national authorities, necessary to validate his nomination.... [more]

Fractional Ownership of Superyachts - revisited
Raini Hamdi,,
“In Asia, people are starting to look at yachting, but not in the same way as the Russians in the 90s with those massive mansions at sea. Asians want the exclusivity, privacy and security without breaking the bank. We know the rich Asian millennials from Hong Kong, China and Southeast Asia are starting to buy yachts this size from Feadship but... 'What do I do with it now?”... [more]

DBS Marina Bay Cup – Day 2
Panos Marinopoulos,
Shifty conditions proved tricky for organisers and racers alike as they had to wait for the wind to pick up on the second day of racing. However, when things eventually picked up four hours after the original schedule start time, Team Philippines continued their domination from day one, winning all their races and are looking good to defend their title.... [more]

DBS Marina Bay Cup – Day 3
Panos Marinopoulos,
Marina Bay proved to be good hunting ground once again for skipper Ridgely Balladares' Team Philippines as they successfully took home the title for the second year in a row.... [more]

Presidential nominee's calls for wider sailing discussion are rejected
Richard Gladwell,,
Paul Henderson has called for sailors via their International Class Associations to be involved in two key policies being developed by World Sailing. In a letter sent to World Sailing's Board of Directors and CEO, Henderson has questioned why two critical policies are being developed at this time when 50% of the Board of Directors and possibly the President will change in just over two months... [more]

America's Cup - CNN Mainsail goes inside the teams in Bermuda and UK,
Double Olympic Gold medallist and presenter of the outstanding CNN Mainsail series, Shirley Robertson, goes inside four of the America's Cup teams in Bermuda and Portsmouth, UK for an insight into the design processes and angles being pursued by the teams. Then she goes on the water and sees the design teams and sailing teams working together.... [more]

Park's pride at “end of an era” for Rio Paralympic Sailing
Two bronze medals for Helena Lucas in the 2.4mR one person keelboat and Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell in the SKUD18 two-person keelboat in the final races of the regatta on Saturday meant Britain's sailors finished on the podium twice for the second Paralympics running and achieved their pre-Rio medal target.... [more]

Winners crowned at Rolex Swan Cup
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda,
The curtain closed on the 19th edition of the Rolex Swan Cup and Swan 45 World Championship with a superb final day of brisk wind and choppy seas putting the 125 competing yachts through their paces on the regatta course off Porto Cervo.... [more]

More 52's come to the Bay for next year's Rolex Big Boat Series,
Tom Ehman caught up with St Francis Yacht Club member Manouch Moshayedi (Newport Beach) Saturday afternoon while watching the new PAC 52 FOX, owned by Victor Wild (San Diego Yacht Club), fly up and down the Bay along with the other 126 yachts (a record) competing in the Rolex Big Boat Series.... [more]

52fter Worlds - Quantum shows they are only human
52 Super Series,
While Quantum Racing were effectively excluded from race eight of the 52 World Championship for crossing the start line early while a black flag rule was in force, their nearest rivals for the 2016 world title completed a perfect day scoring two first places in very different conditions on the waters off Mahón, Menorca.... [more]

Rio 2016 - Images from Day 5 of the Paralympics - Norlin OD 2.4 class,
Richard Langdon was on the waters of Guanabara Bay for Day 5 of racing in the one man Norlin OD 2.4 keelboat class and provided this gallery of images. The event is led by Matt Bugg (Australia) with the medals being determined on the final day of racing.... [more]

Rolex Big Boat Series - Seven crews pull off the double on Day 1
Rolex News,
The record-setting 52nd edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series got underway under leaden skies and cool temperatures. But with a westerly wind of 10 to 20 knots blowing, the fleet of 127 boats banged out at least two races on three racing circles.... [more]

Rio 2016 - Images from the Paralympics - Norlin OD 2.4 - Day 4,
Richard Langdon was on Guanabara Bay for Day 4 of the 2016 Paralympics and provided this gallery of images of racing in the one man Norlin OD 2.4 keelboat class... [more]

Rio 2016 - Paras get pummelled in big breeze on Guanabara Bay - Day 3
Richard Gladwell,,
The 60 sailors from 23 nations competing in the 2016 Paralympic Regatta took a beating from winds close to the limit that prevailed on Guanabara Bay on day 3 of the Regatta. “We had breezes from 17 to 24kts. From the south. There were three long races – the target time is 65 minutes,” Sonar coach, Andrew Brown (NZL) told [more]

Rio 2016 - Up periscope in the Norlin 2.4OD in a breezy Day 3 at Rio,
Richard Langdon was on the water for World Sailing and supplied this gallery of images from racing in the Norlin 2.4 OD as the singlehanded keelboat skippers took on the 20-25kt breeze on Day 3 of the 2016 Paralympic Regatta... [more]

Rio 2016 - Norlin 2.4 OD images from the Paralympics - Day 2,
Richard Langdon was on the water for World Sailing covering Day 2 of the 2016 Paralympics on Guanbara Bay, Rio de Janeiro. Here's his view of the racing in the one person Norlin OD 2.4 keelboat.... [more]

Rolex Swan Cup – 125 yachts take to the waters off Porto Cervo
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda,
A steady sirocco breeze allowed the one-design classes, the Swan 45s and Swan 42s, to complete three windward-leeward races while the remaining four divisions completed a coastal course of approximately 30 nautical miles.... [more]

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