Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club To Take Part In Bart's Bash
Published: Wednesday, 17 September 2014
The largest sailing event in the world, Bart’s Bash, will be held on Sept 21. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) is hosting an event in Victoria Harbour.
The inaugural Bart’s Bash is a sailing race that will be run by sailing clubs all around the world on behalf of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, the charity named after Andrew “Bart” Simpson, who died in 2013 in a training accident in San Francisco bay while preparing for the America's Cup.
In the first month of entries, RHKYC was the first club from Hong Kong to sign up, being the 300th club to sign up worldwide. Currently, over 9,000 sailors (with an average of 100 more signing up each day) are set to sail an individual Bart’s Bash race at their location with set requirements to meet world record criteria.
Racing details are set locally. To meet the world record rules, at the bare minimum the course will need to be over 1km and participants must sail for at least 15 minutes.
RHKYC’s event in Victoria Harbour will involve one-design boats sailing a course determined by the Race Officer on the day. There is no limit to the number of boats that can enter. Racing starts at 1100.
"We at RHKYC are proud to be involved and are much looking forward to helping build a fitting tribute to a truly remarkable sailor and an ambassador for the sport," says Anthony Day, Rear Commodore for the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.