Sir Ben Ainslie accepts Guinness World Record for Bart’s Bash

Sailing star Sir Ben Ainslie accepted an
official Guinness World Record certificate for Bart’s Bash at the London Boat
Show on Wednesday morning.

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation were
awarded the title for the Largest Sailing Race in 24 hours (multiple venues)
after 9,484 boats took to the water in 237 locations across the globe in Bart’s Bash.

The event, which took place in September
last year, raised a staggering £366,391 for the charity, with funds being
reinvested to help youngsters get into the sport.

Speaking about the achievement, Ainslie
said: “It’s a real pleasure to accept this certificate on behalf of the
Foundation. No one could have imagined how big the event would become.

“Initially we weren’t sure if we would make our target of 2,500 boats on the
water. In fact it was nearly, 10,000.

“It is a real reflection of how much Bart
meant to people across the world and how sailing can unite people.”

The charity was founded in memory of
Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson who died during an America’s Cup accident in
2013.

Guinness World Records president Alistair
Richards said: “It is a great honour to officially recognise the record title
for Largest Sailing Race in 24 hours (multiple venues) achieved by Bart’s Bash,
organised by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

“It is a testament to Andrew’s popularity
and enduring legacy. The work the foundation does is a brilliant and fitting
tribute to a man who dedicated his life to the sport he loved and always
encouraged others to apply the same dedication in order to reach their
potential.”

 

Image: CWM FX 

 

 


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