Brighton Marina Yacht Club involved in breaking Guinness World Record in memory of Olympic Sailor, Andrew Simpson
The Brighton club were among hundreds of Yacht Clubs, spanning over 50 countries who took part in this record breaker, set up in memory of British Olympic Sailor, Andrew 'Bart' Simpson.
Simpson tragically died during a training session in the San Francisco Bay, last year when his catamaran capsized and his memory has been honoured through the organisation of 'Bart's Bash,' the largest sailing race to take part in 24 hours. Breaking the record involved at least 2,500 vessels sailing in regattas, with at least 25 boats having to spend over 15 minutes on the water and travelling at least a kilometre.
The Brighton Marina club managed to raise over £1,000 and left the race in 53rd position. In all, the clubs taking place in the race raised over £292,200 to be donated to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. The charity's purpose is to use sailing as a method to help young people excel and become inspired and the money raised will help the foundation tremendously.
The event proved to be so successful that the charity has decided to make the race an annual event – next years will take place on the 20th September 2015.
Here at Topsail, we want to say a huge well done to the Brighton Marina Yacht Club and all other clubs for taking part in, and raising money for such a worthy cause!
To donate £5 by text to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, send 'BART6£5' to 70070
Find out more on the Bart's Bash website http://www.bartsbash.co.uk/