The Arizona Yacht Club has signed on for Bart’s Bash, a worldwide happening that’s expected to be the world’s largest sailing event. Named for Andrew “Bart” Simpson, who died during practice for the America’s Cup last year, it will honor his memory while raising money to train kids to sail. If all goes as planned, it will also set a new Guinness World Record for the largest sailing event.
Now it’s your turn. All you have to do is go to the Bart’s Bash website and sign up. There’s no fee for registering, but they encourage a donation of at least €5 (about $6.76) to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Then, race Sunday morning, September 21, in our designated Bart’s Bash race at Lake Pleasant, which conveniently coincides with our opening weekend of the fall season.
Clubs all over the world are joining in the Bash, though most are centered in Bart’s home country, the UK. Here’s some background on it. You’ll find some familiar names on the list of participants, such as Jimmy Spithill and Ben Ainslee. You’ll see them signing up in the video below. Hey, you can sail with them. Sort of.