Published: Monday, 31 August 2015

SailX announces ‘Bart’s Virtual Sailing Championship’ a collaboration between the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF) and SailX to run a new virtual fleet racing series. Act 1 of the six-act series will take place Sept 1-3, with the series taking place over six months. 


The event follows the record-breaking success of “Bart’s Bash,” the global sailing event that took place in September 2014 in aid of ASSF, as well as the success of the first-ever "Virtual Sailing World Championship" which took place in May 2015 on

SailX is a multiplayer online sailing game and social network. The online game was originally developed as a high-quality strategy and tactics-training tool, but it quickly became apparent that beyond learning users enjoyed the gameplay and social interaction. During the last virtual sailing championship, SailX hosted 140,000 boat starts and 32,000 hours of racing in just four weeks.

The virtual championship will support Bart’s Bash, the world’s largest sailing event, which takes place September 20 at clubs all over the world. The parties’ joint ambition is to encourage as many sailors and non-sailors to participate in Bart’s Bash and to also make sailors aware how much virtual sailing can actually improve real life sailing.

Barts Virtual Sailing Championship

(Andrew 'Bart' Simpson)

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation was set up in 2013 to honour the life and legacy of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson MBE, Olympic gold & silver medalist who died tragically in San Francisco at the age of 36 during training for the 34th America’s Cup. The charity honours the life and legacy of Simpson who was passionate about encouraging and helping others to fulfill their dreams.

The foundation's objective is to “inspire the next generation” by using sailing to transform the lives of young people around the world. The charity aims to support, both practically and financially, the providers of sailing programmes internationally, in order to break down barriers to participation and achieve its objectives.

Bart’s Bash was conceived and first run in 2014. It grew beyond all expectations with over 30,000 people taking part in over 50 countries with 700+ clubs worldwide each hosting their own individual Bart’s Bash race.

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In total, the event raised over £350,000 for ASSF, enabling the charity to launch its global ambitions and to start to transform the lives of young people through sailing. In January 2015, Guinness World Records officially named Bart’s Bash as the largest sailing race in the world.