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BART'S BASH – Behind the Scenes
Ian Frogley
 
 
I am sure those of you who took part in Bart’s Bash race thoroughly enjoyed yourselves.

Behind the scenes was also exciting, and somewhat daunting!

In discussion with Slipper we anticipated around 100 boats on the start line. Slipper were running the race, using their start line. It was obvious that their line was far too short, so we extended it by placing Escort over near the Thorney shore.

Then we were confronted by nearly 200 boats! ESC registered 139, which was spectacular to say the least.

Slipper asked for Escort to be placed at the far end of the finish line and to list the finishers, as a back-up to the team in the hut. Liz Stewart and I attempted to do this, but on several occasions lost the plot when there were several boats finishing very close together. One aspect that made the task even more difficult was trying to record a finish for those boats that had no sail number.

ESSC had the ‘pleasure’ of working out the results, which proved to be quite a challenge given the large number of entries.

Then we had the problem of loading those results to the Bart’s Bash website. The Bart’s Bash team provided a template for the results. Having completed the template and uploaded the results, there were a few issues that needed sorting. The Bart’s Bash team have a comprehensive list of classes with handicaps which they use to rank the finishers. However that list does not include some of the less well-known classes such as the Emsworth One Design. Also they distinguish between the Chichester and Lymington River Scow, so I have had to trawl through the results, editing them where necessary.

Request for 2015

As the event is to be held again next year, and there is as much interest again, may I ask that all boats have a sail number.

Also, it is essential that entry forms are completed clearly. The data on the entry form will eventually end up in the public domain on the Bart’s Bash website, so if you leave off the name of your crew, misspell a name or the form is illegible, any error will permeate through. There are a number of boats this year that must have had a crew, but they were not registered, so 'unknown' was very popular!

 

Ian Frogley
Hon. Sailing Secretary
 
 
       
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Wow!  Wow!  Wow! What a fantastic day!

With over 200 boats on the water racing at the same time, this Sunday’s Bart’s Bash race was by far the biggest gathering of sailors and boats Emsworth has ever seen – all in the memory of a great man, Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson.

The joint fleets of Emsworth and Slipper Sailing Clubs really pulled out all the stops for what was described by one competitor as 'the best day’s sailing I can ever recall!'

For such a large fleet, conditions on the day couldn’t have been more challenging. A northerly wind dictated a downwind start (even the most ambitious Race Officer wouldn’t have considered sending that many boats upwind to Echo buoy at the start!). Once clear of the line, crews were challenged by 18 – 23 knot winds and 20 degree windshifts – not a race for an easy ride!

As well as a great excuse to get so many people on the water, the race also had the objective of raising as much money as possible for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

In this Emsworth certainly played its part. Donations on the day from ESC sailors alone amounted to £1,000 plus an additional £330 raised online and more to come for sure. Special mention must be made of 9-year old Isabella Coote who raised £200 herself and then went on the sail her RS Tera 777 TeraBella to a creditable finish despite slowly sinking on the upwind leg home!

For many who had so much fun the race results are almost academic, all have been uploaded to the Bart’s Bash global results calculator so those truly competitive sailors can see how they fared against the 18,000 or so competitors around the globe (soon to be published on Bart's Bash Results page). Keep an eye on the Club website for details of the Prizegiving once the final-final results have been ratified … not an easy task!

But, wherever you came, surely the biggest winners on the day were the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation and anyone who has just discovered the racing bug – next stop Hare & Hounds, people!!

Final thanks must go to Ollie and his team who tirelessly served bangers and burgers and beer to a seemingly endless queue of hungry and thirsty sailors. The perfect end to a perfect day, on which we should all feel rightly proud of our achievements in every respect.


Tim Keeping

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