The sailing world, including Largs, came together in late September to take part in the inaugural Bart’s Bash.
The sailing race, taking place at clubs all around the world, was setup by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation to raise charity funds to transform the lives of young people through sailing.
Largs Sailing Club was one of over 400 clubs world who hosted a race. In total, an estimated 26,000 sailors took part in the worldwide with over 70 cadets taking part in the Largs race and, in doing so, Bart's Bash set the Guiness World record for the largest Sailing Race in 24 hours (multiple venues). Furthermore, a staggering £280,000 has been donated to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation as a result of the inaugural event. To donate, get involved or for further information, visit the Bart’s Bash website.
The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation
Inspired by double Olympic medallist Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation helps young people to develop the personal skills that will improve their ability to succeed in life and to improve access to jobs and careers with the maritime sector. Founded by Sir Ben Ainslie CBE, Iain Percy OBE and Andrew’s wife Leah, activities principally focus on young people between the age of 5 and 24 to help present the unique combination of the challenge of time on the water with life changing inspiration.
'Everything we do is driven by our belief that all young people have the ability to excel’
Visit the Andrew Simpson Foundation for further information or to get involved.