In fairly strong , testing, NE gusty winds, Lyme Regis the sailing club put out a good size mixed fleet of 28 boats as part of the annual Barts Bash international sailing race in aid of the Andrew Simpson Foundation Charity, held here on Sunday morning.
This annual race takes place all round the world, within 24 hours, with specific rules on timings and courses, to enable thousands of sailors in hundreds of different classes of boat to compete together on handicap.
The event was founded in 2014 and verified by Guinness World Records as ‘The Largest Sailing Race in the World.’ It gives the sailing community a united opportunity to remember Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, a double Olympic medallist who tragically lost his life whilst training for the America’s Cup in 2013.
Andrew twice visited the club’s youth group to assist with coaching, he himself was taught to sail by club member Colin Walters at Queen Mary’s, and his Foundation is now providing the challenges of a sailing environment to promote health and wellbeing, and to develop personal skills that will improve a young person’s ability to succeed in life and work. The club displays one of Andrew’s buoyancy aids, worn while he won one of his Olympic golds.
Whilst Lyme has its local winner, 1st Allan and Chrissie Tyler (Fireball), 2nd Jon Turner and Katie Frost (Merlin-Rocket), 3rdHilton Davis (K1), the main purpose is to submit club results and wait to see how well all our competing sailors did against others from all over the world.
The sailors who took part made donations to the charity in order to enter the race: they will get a ‘world ranking’ once results are computed. The youngest sailing for Lyme was 6-year-old William Rook with his grandad, and the oldest, a very proud Colin Walters.