Please select your home edition
Edition
Henri-Lloyd M-PRO HEADER SW

52 SUPER SERIES Shares the Bart's Bash Fun in Valencia

by 52 Super Series 16 Sep 2018 12:30 PDT 16 September 2018
Bart's Bash fun in Valencia for the TP52 fleet © 52 SUPER SERIES

On the eve of the final regatta of the season the 52 SUPER SERIES family turned out in force in Valencia to honour friend, colleague and former crew Andrew 'Bart' Simpson on the occasion of the 5th Bart's Bash. ?

Sailors from all 11 TP52s, many of whom competed with or against Andrew during the 32nd America's Cup here in Valencia, or when he was part of the afterguard on the TP52 Team Origin, joined in for a day of light-hearted fun. As well as an unofficial TP52 practice race that was sailed for Bart's Bash, team members took part in a head-to-head SUP and kayak relay race. ?

In perfect September sunshine Jimmy Spithill won the paddleboard race only 300 metres or so from where he lifted the America's Cup in February 2010. He passed the race lead to 34th America's Cup winning grinder Shannon Falcone, providing the grunt up front and team logistics ace Giulia Caponnetto adding a little extra paddle power behind, ensuring Luna Rossa were victorious.

The third component of the "triathlon" was a post-sailing quiz with the topics centred around 52 SUPER SERIES history, sport and sustainability. Azzurra won the quiz but the overall winners of the day were Luna Rossa. ?

Bart's best friend Iain Percy, with whom he memorably won Olympic gold in the Star in Qingdao in 2008, is sailing as tactician on Gladiator this week. Percy spoke representing the Andrew Simpson Foundation: ?"It is so nice to be here in Valencia today because Bart and myself and so many others in this group had some great times here with the 2007 Cup, we had a lot of fun on the water and some fun in the bars together occasionally too. So it is great to be back and it is so nice to see the world's best sailors all wearing the same t-shirt with his name on, remembering him and the whole community of sailing participating.

"?The most competitive thing was the paddleboarding and the kayaking and that was nice just being on the water together having some fun. Sailing is about going out racing for most of us but it also fun just mucking about on the water." ?

Explaining the work of the Andrew Simpson Foundation to the assembled sailors he said: "The foundation has given away over one million euros to 66 different projects around the world, in 20 different countries. Bart was always so supportive of other people's efforts. His name is a great beacon and a great motivator for people. The main mantra is to advantage people through sailing. Bart always believed money or background should not be a barrier to participation and through the foundation we have managed to get hundreds of thousands of children on the water every week."

The day was supported by the 52 SUPER SERIES' sustainability partners 11th Hour Racing who made a donation to the Andrew Simpson Foundation based on the amount of rubbish collected during a one-hour clean up by local children and members of BioAgradbles, a local organisation that organises beach clean ups and which recycles and then repurposes the plastics. ??Marc Blees of Code Zero – a past Finn and Star boat sailor friend of Bart's – provided commemorative Bart's Bash t-shirts to all the teams and organisers, as well as donating 50% of all revenue from their 52 SUPER SERIES online shop.

Kellie Covington of 11th Hour Racing commented: "Bart's Bash is an incredible event that brings together the sailing community all over the world, and it was great fun today here in Valencia. ?11th Hour Racing, through our partnership with the 52 SUPER SERIES, is very happy to support the Andrew Simpson Foundation with a donation of EUR 1200, EUR 10 per kilo of trash we collected in today's marina clean up. A great day all round."

Donations to the Andrew Simpson Foundation are welcomed via the TP52 Justgiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rob-weiland

Related Articles

2022 Rolex TP52 World Championship overall
Quantum Racing crowned champions as Cascais rewards consistency Cascais remains one of the most rewarding venues for the Quantum Racing team as Doug DeVos' US flagged crew today lifted the 2022Rolex TP52 World Championship title, their third back-to-back regatta win on the Atlantic waters off the Portuguese coast. Posted on 25 Jun
2022 Rolex TP52 World Championship day 4
Cascais looks set to deliver for title showdown A small, uncharacteristic error approaching the first windward mark of the second race today cost regatta leaders Quantum Racing dearly, but it sets up what promises to be an engaging Saturday title showdown against Platoon. Posted on 25 Jun
2022 Rolex TP52 World Championship day 3
"If you ain't first you're last" rollercoasters in light winds, but Quantum Racing and Vayu impress "If you ain't first you're last" rollercoasters in light winds Cascais but Quantum Racing and Vayu impress. Posted on 23 Jun
2022 Rolex TP52 World Championship day 2
Quantum Racing's superior consistency proving key in Cascais Maintaining a superior level of consistency Quantum Racing lead the Rolex TP52 World Championship by four points after another two challenging light winds races on the waters off Cascais, Portugal. Posted on 23 Jun
2022 Rolex TP52 World Championship day 1
Quantum Racing open strong in Cascais Racing in winds which were much lighter than Cascais has built its reputation for, Doug DeVos US flagged Quantum Racing has the early lead of the Rolex TP52 World Championship after opening with two second places. Posted on 21 Jun
Celebrating diversity at the Rolex TP52 Worlds
Racing starts Tuesday on the Atlantic waters off Cascais The Rolex TP52 World Championship Cascais 2022 regatta starts Tuesday on the Atlantic waters off Cascais where Takashi Okura's Sled team will seek to defend the 2021 title they won in Palma in November. Posted on 21 Jun
2022 Rolex TP52 World Championship title wide open
So close is racing now on the world's leading grand prix monohull circuit The Rolex TP52 World Championships return to Cascais, Portugal next week, to a popular venue which almost all the nine teams which are set to compete are hoping will deliver on its worldwide reputation for big winds and Atlantic waves. Posted on 18 Jun
Rolex TP52 World Championship - preview
Nine highly-competitive crews will battle in Cascais Cascais, Portugal will host the 2022 Rolex TP52 World Championship from 20-25 June. Widely considered the grand prix of monohull racing, the annual event has been partnered by Rolex since 2017. Posted on 12 Jun
Race Yachts Premium Brokerage - Latest yachts
Making a boat win in all race formats is never easy... Making a boat win in all race formats is never easy... but that is the ambition of the yard and designer Jacques Valer for the JPK 1180. Posted on 8 Jun
ABANCA 52 Super Series Sailing Week photos
Incredible five days of racing gave to the American's Quantum Racing its first victory. The first event of the 52 Super Series 2022 gathered in the waters of the Rías Baixas nine teams of six nationalities to contest the ABANCA 52 Super Series Baiona Sailing Week. Posted on 31 May
McConaghy 2022 - MC63p & MC75 FOOTERLloyd Stevenson Catalyst 45 728x90px2 BOTTOMArmstrong-A-Wing-728x90 gif BOTTOM