Last month, a stunning tribute to Andrew "Bart" Simpson was held on lakes, harbors, and bays around the world. Bart's Bash broke the Guinness World Record for the Largest Sailing Race (24 hours), with over 30,000 participants who covered a huge range of experience from Olympian to rookies and "first racers." The results are all tallied on the "Bashboard," based on a scoring system that rates each boat with a Bart number. Each group is scored against each other as well as overall.
Gael Pawson covered most of the highlights (read Swedish cat sailor wins Bart's Bash):
Plenty of newbies tried racing for the first time. There were plenty of stars on the water too, including multiple Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie, who took his girlfriend Georgie dinghy sailing. America’s Cup legend Jimmy Spithill was racing an Optimist in the Great Lakes, USA. Meanwhile Iain Percy raced the Star he previously sailed with Bart, this time with Bart’s son Freddy among the crew.
The top US finisher was Kevin Keller, sailing a Supercat 15 out of the Kokokahi Sailing Club in Hawaii. Nyack Boat Club in New York was the top non-British fundraising club.