From the Abu Dhabi Sailing Club to the Zeekoe Vlei Yacht Club and 355 venues in between, covering 58 countries, 6442 participants sailed in the Bart’s Bash Race on Sunday 18th September.
Attempting yet again to set Guinness World Record for the largest sailing race and to raise money for the Andrew (Bart) Simpson Sailing Foundation, Hillarys Yacht Club took part with a fleet of 24 boats and over 50 sailors in keelboats, tasars, lasers, 125s, optimists, an aero and a pacer.
In a strengthening northerly breeze all boats started at the same time, on the same line, albeit divided between dinghies and keel boats and tacked back and forth to the top mark before setting spinnakers and heading for the finishing line. Whenever their paths crossed the nimble dinghies wove their magic around the seemingly dinosaurs of the seas, the keel boats. Fortunately no collisions were recorded however near misses were regaled in good humoured banter at the presentations. The Club looks forward to the Opening Day of the new season on October 9th.
Bart’s Bash International Race
Keelboats: 1. Covert Operation (G Atkinson & Bart Brouwer); 2 Lamotrek (J Akers); 3 Juni (Roric Smith). Dinghies: 1 Nick Willis; 2 Chris Carmichael; 3 Jack Brett.
Hillarys Yacht Club Races
Keelboats: Div1: 1 Perle (J Bird); 2 & Fastest Lamotrek (J Akers); 3 Seachange (H Burton & D.Shirdon & M.Castalanelli & J.Gregory). Div2: 1 Helga (M Taylor); 2 Blue Chip (K and Deborah Fisk); 3 & Fastest Covert Operation (G Atkinson & Bart Brouwer). JAM: 1 Sana 11 (Brian Buzzard); 2 & Fastest Vela (Phil & Tina Wharram)
Optimist: 1 Gone with the Wind (C Pile); 2 & Fastest. #644 (A Dempsey); 3 Swamp Rat Wind (S Shuckstes). Laser 4.7 1 Crystal Clear (C Shaw); 2 & Fastest. #39 (C Shaw); 3 #205045 (B Taylor). Laser Radial 1 Clone (J Brett); 2 & Fastest. Sea Breeze (B Wallace). Tasar: 1 & Fastest. Semi Matured (N Willis & E Russell); 2 #2901 (C & L Carmichael). National 125: 1 Kraken Up (J Pang & M Masque). RS Aero: 1 #1202 (J Porter). Pacer: 1 #6 (L Harvie & J Clayfield).