Sunday 21st September was a very special day in World Sailing, the day of Bart’s Bash, the World Guinness Book of Records attempt to hold one combined sailing race, coordinated at locations all around the World. The event is in memory of Andrew “Bart” Simpson, our Olympic Gold and Silver Medallist who so tragically died in the America’s Cup accident last year. As well as entering for the record, the event is primarily raising funds for the sailing charity set up in Bart’s memory.
Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club in Naburn played their part with the first of their Club races on the day being combined into one small part of the overall Bart’s Bash. The Club race was won by Pete Lee and his crew Fran Hyatt, with 11 year old Matthew Cooper in third place after a very creditable sail. Other members, competing in an Open Meeting at the Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club also did their bit for Bart’s memory. All finishers are being entered into the overall, worldwide Bart’s Bash race results. We eagerly await news of where the YOSC members finished, worldwide!
Matthew Cooper (11) on his was to third place in Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club’s Bart’s Bash. Later in the day he did even better, winning one of the Club pursuit races.