Sailors join in Bart’s record attempt

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A WORLD record attempt is taking place this weekend and sailors from around the Chichester area will be taking part.

‘Bart’s Bash’ is a global attempt to break the world record for the most people taking part in a sailing race at any one time.

It will be a celebration of the life of much-loved Olympic gold and silver medallist sailor Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, who died in an America’s Cup training accident last year.

More than 700 sailing venues in more than 50 countries are so far signed up to take part in the massive event this Sunday, September 21. Among them are Itchenor Sailing Club, Chichester Yacht Club, Chichester Cruiser Racing Club, Bosham Sailing Club, Emsworth Sailing Club, Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club, Pagham Yacht Club and Felpham Sailing Club as well as a number of others across both East and West Sussex.

George Rice, sailing manager at Itchenor Sailing Club, said: “I think the water is going to be pretty busy, which is fantastic. Most of the clubs in the harbour are taking part, which is great, and with more that 9,000 sailors taking part, it’s going to be massive.

“We’ve had a tremendous response from our members and hopefully we’ll have between 80 to 100 boats out there just from Itchenor.”

You don’t have to be affiliated to any particular club to take part in the World Record attempt.

Go to www.bartsbash.co.uk for details of how to enter.