Organisers of Bart’s Bash announced the sign up of the 400th sailing club yesterday, only two months after the initial announcement of the event. At a sign up rate that continues to match just short of 7 clubs a day worldwide, the World Record attempt is on track to easily become the largest sailing event ever on the planet.
Messages from some of the biggest names in the sailing world continue to be sent through to the Bart’s Bash organising team. ‘What a fantastic idea,’ said New Zealander Sir Russell Coutts KNZM CBE, a 5 times America’s Cup winner, Olympic Gold medallist and previous ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year. ‘It’s for a great cause and I think everyone’s going to have a great time.’ As a parting thought, he added: ‘It’s going to be interesting to see who the winner is!’
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club provided a milestone breakthrough at 300 clubs and then, just before the 2 month mark it was the turn of Club Nautic Arenal from Mallorca, Spain to push the entries through the 400 club marker. Albert Vadell, speaking on behalf of C N Arenal said ‘This is a great intiative and CN Arenal wouldn’t miss it for the world. So we’re ready to go and make it happen!’
Anthony Day, Rear Commodore for the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club said, “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.”
Organisers of the event continue to send their thanks out to people all around the world who are showing their support and sharing the word. In order to support discussion and enable greater networking for sailors and all those interested in sailing, an online forum centred around the record attempt has also been launched and can be found at www.thebartproject.com/forum
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