Sunday 15th September saw us here at Ely take part in the "Bart's Bash Sailing Race", the event itself being the world’s largest sailing race, held by sailing and yacht clubs all around the world. To date it has inspired over 700 clubs from more than 60 different countries to take part in their own individual Bart’s Bash race at their locations.
Our aim, therefore, was to get as many dinghies out on the water as possible for the race to begin on time at 12.00 noon with both experienced and novice sailors encouraged to participate in this fun race.
A fantastic number of sailors turned up on the day to both sail and crew with an impressive 22 dinghies taking to the water setting a club record for the most boats taking part here at Ely, beating the previous number of 21, set in the competitions founding year of 2014.
The course lap distance was set at 1.25km allowing some interesting individual tussles to occur over the four laps of the hour long race. Despite leading for much of the race Kirk Stamford was pipped to the finish line by John Wells by a margin of only 3 seconds. Despite both their heroic efforts in Laser standard rigs, they were beaten into third and fourth place by the experienced Solo sailors of Gary Ungless and Simon Loach who claimed first and second place respectively overall.
Well done to Gary Ungless, Simon Loach, John Wells, Kirk Stamford, Suzie Sallis & Alayne Seymour, Ted Pepper, Mike Williams, Ian Wakeling, Sara & Alex Goujon, Phil Hardy, Gerald & Tanya Copsey, Xavier & Kate Goujon, Tibor Takacs, Tim Downs, Lori-Anne and Jess, Graham Tory, James Hatton & Family, Ben Barnes, Rhys Williams, Ian Thompson, Lily Harrison and Charlie Johnson.
Congratulations to all who took part, especially the younger, newer and novice racers who contributed immensely to the tremendous atmosphere of the occasion and in setting a new club record of 22 participating boats on the day.