Thousands of sailors have taken part in the fourth annual Bart's Bash- the largest sailing race in the world.
The event, launched in Weymouth, is in memory of Dorset Olympian Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, who died in a sailing accident in 2013, while training for the America's Cup.
This year the event got off to a terrific start in New Zealand at the Whangaruru Sailing Club in Oakura Bay, New Zealand as sailing and yacht clubs around the world were gearing up to run their own Bart's Bash races, including the National Sailing Academy in Weymouth where the charity is based:
The annual sailing fest attracted sailors from across the generations competing in Oppies, Lasers, RS Fevers, Toppers, Foiling Nacra 17s, Venture Keelboats, 29ers and even a couple of Foiling Moths although conditions weren't ideal for foiling yesterday.
Novices, World Champions and Gold medallists joined together on the course.
Of particular poignance was Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation Trustee and a Founder, Iain Percy, sailing in the original Star boat that he and Bart sailed their last race together in at the London 2012 Olympics, winning Silver, to add to their Olympic Gold medal achieved in the same class previously, at the 2008 Beijing Games.
And cadets from Brading Haven Yacht Club on the Isle of Wight spent the day to'ing and fro'ing between the Island and Southampton aboard Red Funnel's car ferry and managed to raise in excess of £500.
Day Two tomorrow (Sunday 17th September) will see many more of the now 80 countries registered running their Bart's Bash events. Meanwhile the results we known to date can be found here: http://www.bartsbash.com/bashboard?year=2017
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