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

Bart's Bash 2 announced!
Sunday 20 September 2015












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