Ely Sailing Club hosted the annual international Bart’s Bash event in memory of GB Olympian Andrew Simpson who tragically died aged 36 whilst sailing in the America’s Cup, when his team’s catamaran capsized. Bart’s Bash is an event run at many clubs throughout the world at the same time, in order to get the most boats on the water at once and raise funds for the Andrew Simpson Foundation.
Nineteen boats competed in Ely’s Bart’s Bash with some fluky, calm and gusty conditions alternating throughout the afternoon. Bart’s Bash began at 1:00pm and the hour long race saw some interesting tussles and competitive spirit to sail in memory of Bart. A number of penalty turns were witnessed during the race as the competitive edge often led to collisions. In the end, the Solos benefitted from the conditions mostly with Kevin Bilham claiming first, Simon Leeks second, and Gary Ungless third. Next was Steve Board in his Wayfarer, closely followed by cadet Chandler Stamford in his Laser. Kirk Stamford in his Topper came 6th, and 7th was Eric and Clare Christan in their Enterprise. The race raised £100 plus BBQ revenue at the end of the day.
Another race was held following Bart’s Bash. The pursuit race with individual handicaps meant that sailors who often came first, second or third had a time penalty before they could start. The race saw Simon Loach in his Solo come first, with Alayne Seymour in her Laser second. Steve Board was close behind and fourth place was claimed by Alan White.
The day was followed by a BBQ and social event to raise further money for Bart’s Bash.