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19 Sep 2016

Bart's Bash 2016 - we did it!

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With 50 sailors and nearly 35 boats, Staunton Harold Sailing Club sailors were amongst over 3,860 sailors around the globe who sailed in this year's Bart's Bash - probably the world's biggest sailing race.

The event was scheduled to coincide with the end of the Rio 2016 Paralympic games - where team GBR won two medals in the sailing. The timing of this year's Bart's Bash was in response to the disappointing decision to remove sailing from the Tokyo Paralympics,.

Since its inception in 2014 Bart’s Bash has seen more than 48,000 sailors participate in the event in 68 countries. This year the ASSF (Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation) has pledged to use the funds raised through Bart’s Bash to help promote and develop disabled sailing globally.

To date, the ASSF has pledged funds of over £600,000 on a range of inspiring sailing projects across eight countries. Some of the projects supported in 2016 include: A UK national project with Blind Sailing, Chicago Park Districts Community Sailing Program, The National Schools Sailing Association, Hungarian Yachting Association and Leicestershire and Rutland Youth Sailing Association. To find out more about the AASF visit www.andrewsimponfoundation.org to find out more.

Whilst everyone who took part was a winner - Laser sailor Paul Williamson was Staunton's first placed sailor. 

A big thank you goes to Rob Watson, Elaine Penhaul and their team of volunteers who ensured that the day was such a huge success – for both sailors and spectators! 

For a full list of results go to:  /results/2016/bartsbash.htm