Sailors at 640 venues in 86 countries numbered close to four thousand as once again they competed in Bart’s Bash, the largest global simultaneous yacht race.
Aimed at remembering Americas Cup sailor Andrew (Bart) Simpson and raising funds for the Foundation, Hillarys Yacht Club sailors look forward to the annual event.
The Andrew Simpson Foundation’s overarching objective is to increase sailing participation and improve the lives of young people through sailing. Since 2015 the Foundation has supported more than 40 projects across 12 countries with funds totalling $2 million.
On Sunday, in contrast to the winter races, brilliant sunshine and a ten knot westerly was ideal for the combined start of keelboats and various classes of dinghies. After passing through the timing gate (for international result calculations) at one kilometre, they went on their separate courses and headed back to the finish line.
Twenty eight yachts competed at Hillarys whilst events were also held at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club and South of Perth Yacht Club.
Keelboats HYC Training (C. Kelly)
Tasar Chiki (N & W Harrison)
Laser 4.7 Maxed Out (B. Taylor)
125 Sweet Shiraz (A & M Schmidt)
Optimist Green Lily’s Pad (L. Wild)
Optimist Open Sea Ya (B. Graham)