One club race held simultaneously across the whole world on a Sunday with the race results mashed together to create one big world race. Oh, and set a world record and get every participating sailor's name in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Bart's Bash is scheduled for September 21, 2014. Are you participating? Has your club signed up?
"Bart" is America’s Cup sailor Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, Olympic gold and silver medalist, who died in an America's Cup training accident last year. This event is in his honor.
I had read about Bart's Bash a few months ago and recently started looking to see which clubs in my area are participating. Only one club in all of Texas is signed up? WHAT! So, I started sending out inquiries and the overwhelming response was … 'Huh? Never heard of it.'
Look, I'm never going to win a world sailing event but becoming a world record holder is as easy as participating in one single local sailboat race and I even get to see how I scored against the likes of Robert Scheidt and Ben Ainsle. I say as easy as but since no club in my area has signed up, it might not be so simple. Even the UAE has three clubs signed up. The UK has over 400 clubs whereas the US has only about 30. Where is the disconnect here?
I'm like the least educated person I know when it comes to all things sailing. Doug remembered hearing the name of the event but didn't realize it was being held simultaneously at local clubs all over the world. There are, of course, a few simple requirements but nothing too difficult to implement.
The event is open to every class. So far, the Laser class has the largest number of sailors signed up to participate. Sort of fitting since Bart began his competitive sailing career in a Laser before moving on to the Finn and then the Star.
If you're planning to sail somewhere on September 21, 2014, please ask your club to sign up and make the few tweaks necessary to one race to qualify for the Bart's Bash event.
More info: http://www.bartsbash.co.uk/