Our final results, now PUBLISHED!!!, show an amazing 30,717 participants took to the water, many for their first time, around the world, for the first “Bart’s Bash” on 21 September 2014.
As you know, the sailing race was a fund raising event in memory of Andrew Simpson, the Olympic sailor who died in a training accident in May 2013. We are delighted to say that we all raised over a quarter of a million pounds – a phenomenal amount and we are so grateful.
Since race day the Bart’s Bash results team has been busy compiling and processing tens of thousands of results and can now confirm that an incredible sixteen thousand, eight hundred and seventy (16,870) boats collectively sailed a staggering eighty seven million, seventy two thousand, seven hundred and sixty nine (87,072,769) metres, roughly the equivalent of sailing twice around the world. CIRCUM-DOUBLE-BOOM!!
Overall winners were; Hans Wallen sailing at Cape Crow Yacht Club in Sweden in an M32 Catamaran, Riccardo Macchiavello sailing at Circolo Nautico Rapallo in Italy in an Altura 1101 and Grant Piggott sailing at Weston Sailing Club in Great Britain in a Nacra 17. For the final results table please visit http://www.bartsbash.co.uk/results/table
Initially, we had hoped for fifty (50) clubs to sign up with two thousand (2000) participants in the UK. As you know, shortly after we announced the event we had 100 clubs within one week. Every day since our global event has grown faster than James’ Giant Peach…
Delta Lloyd open Dutch Championships recorded the highest numbers of boats sailing from the club at 233. In the UK Parkstone Yacht Club recorded a whopping one hundred and ninety four (194) boats on the water.
The Laser Standard dominated the dinghy class leader board, taking the top spot with one thousand six hundred and seventy seven (1,677) entries, Optimists were in second place with one thousand one hundred and seventy eight (1178) boats on the water and the Laser Radial took third with nine hundred and fifty three (953) boats.
Event Manager for Bart’s Bash, Tim Anderton said “At no point could we ever have expected over five hundred (500) clubs in over sixty (60) countries to embrace the idea of getting on the water, racing, having fun and celebrating everything Bart stood for. This has to be one of the largest sailing participation events in the world. We would like to thank all those who took part in the event and a special thank to the volunteers, over seven thousand of them, who made it possible.”
To view a video showing the highlights of the day please visit http://youtu.be/NxOC8ICaqPI
You all took part and rocked the socks off the sailing world in some way – our hats are doffed to you and we hope you enjoy seeing your global rankings!! In case you have got the bug, there may be a big announcement about Bart’s Bash 2 – ‘The Second Sail’ on December 17th, this year.
The top South African sailor in 56th place was Alice Jagger sailing a Norfolk Gypsy at George Lakes Yacht Club. Alice was also 3rd lady helm overall.
The Club with the biggest entry was Point Yacht Club with 46 entries.
South Africa had the 6th biggest entry with 758 boats – just 2 behind Spain.
We also had 6 sailors in the top 10 in the category ‘Wind under 1 knot’.
And your humble scribe on his boat with a motley crew finished in 10 975th position – not bad for a bunch of ‘old farts’!