2016 Bart's Bash at Burghfield

18th September 2016

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Bart's Bash at Burghfield
Sunday 18th September

On Sunday 18th September, Burghfield will join the hundreds of venues around the world taking part in the 2016 Bart's Bash.

Register in the Clubroom 09:00 - 10:00
Briefing 10:30

Introducing the Pursuicap Race!


  1. the action of starting a race as a pursuit race and finishing as a handicap race

Race Format
There will be one race in the morning and one in the afternoon for both a slow handicap and a fast handicap fleet. The start sequences for the two fleets will overlap so all boats will be racing at the same time.

Races will use a staggered start similar to a pursuit race but with a static finish line where times will be recorded. 

Results will be calculated based on PY handicaps taking in to account each boat’s start and finish times. No personal handicaps apply.

As for pursuit races, all boats will sail the same course with no lap timing and should finish at a similar time but the first boat to cross the line may not necessarily win on handicap.

A word of warning for faster boats which are used to starting much later than the first start of a pursuit race: As there are two separate races going on, your starts may be earlier than expected. e.g. the Laser 2000 start will be at 04 minutes and the RS 400 start will be at 14 minutes.

When to Start?

A full list of start times is available HERE


There will be individual prizes for all 4 races and an overall winner for each fleet combining the morning and afternoon races with no discard.

The overall Bart's Bash winner will be announced once we've uploaded the results to the Results Bash Board and the Bash team have worked their magic!


In addition to registering online for the worldwide Bart's Bash, all sailors will also need to sign on in the clubroom between 0900 - 1000 Sunday morning.  Fleets will be identified by ribbons - Fast fleet will be YELLOW and Slow Fleet will be BLUE feel free to accessorise yourselves and your boats with the appropriate fleet colour!


Whilst the racing is primarily for fun, we will also be raising money for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.  

With the decision being made to remove sailing from the Paralympics, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation pledges to use the funds raised through Bart’s Bash in 2016 to help promote and develop disabled sailing globally.

The funds raised from the event will be distributed via national sailing federations or through the official ASSF grants process, with the aim to support grassroots disabled sailing projects and make disabled sailing more accessible.

The recommended donation is £5.00 but, if you'd like to donate more, please do so via the club's Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation's Just Giving page

The Buoy Race is BACK!

A fun time-trial type event to get everyone involved.  The race will consist of sailing out to a buoy and back 

We'll be using some of the club boats.  Sail with a friend, with a buddy, with lots of buddies, one lap or lots!
We'd love to see the experienced sailors setting a lap time in an Oppie - so please come along during the afternoon and get involved.

If you are planning to be on shore after lunch we could do with some extra scribes and timers - please let us know if you are available to help

It's going to be a great, fun event for all the family, sailors & landlubbers alike. So bring your friends, family and colleagues along and sign them up as a Bart's Buddy!

What is Bart's Bash?

Bart's Bash is the World's largest sailing event that is run by sailing clubs all around the world on behalf of The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

The 2016 Bart’s Bash coincides with the Paralympic Closing ceremony in Rio on the 18th September. So this year’s Bash will be focussing on raising funds and awareness for disabled sailing globally, allowing the Foundation to support disabled sailing programmes across the world. 

Who Was Bart?

Nicknamed "Bart", Andrew Simpson started his sailing career in a Laser before moving to the Finn class where he won Bronze at the World Championships in 2003. His training partner Ben Ainslie took Gold at the same event and GBR topped the medal table.

Andrew then joined his lifelong friend Iain Percy in the Star Class keelboat winning Gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Gold at the World Championships in 2010 and Silver at the Olympics in London in 2012.

Following the Olympics, Andrew joined the Swedish Artemis America’s Cup team.  Andrew tragically died in May 2013 following the capsize of the AC72 he was aboard whilst training for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco Bay.

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation

The Foundation principally focuses on young people between the age of 5 and 24, trying to ensure that every young person, regardless of circumstance, is given the chance to achieve their potential through sailing.

In May 2014 the Foundation opened a sailing centre at the National Sailing Academy in Portland, UK.

The Foundation has used the sailing centre to develop and evaluate the pathway of sailing programmes.

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation works collaboratively with charitable and not for profit sailing initiatives, locally, nationally and internationally, to offer both practical and financial support in the delivery of inspiring sailing programmes, in line with Bart’s pathway to success.

PRE-Register NOW

To ensure the day runs smoothly please register as soon as possible, so we have an idea of the number of participants.

Please register via one of the methods below - you will also need to register on the day in the clubhouse to check start times, fleet and collect a ribbon!
Bart's Bash Registration via
Email Registration details to the Club

Burghfield Junior Squad

We are delighted to announce that the Burghfield Junior Squad will also be starting on 18th Sept at 9:30 am. This is a wonderful opportunity and will push on young Sailors’ skills so that they can move onto whatever craft they want to in the future. 

Here is the current schedule
  • 18th Sept – Bart’s Bash
  • 25th Sept – Rigging and capsize drill in Fevas
  • 2nd Oct – Rigging and capsize drill in Toppers and Qubas
  • 9th Oct – Tacking in light winds and Headers and Lifts
  • 16th Oct – Gybing in light winds
  • 23rd Oct – Starts and Fun Race
  • 30th Oct - Strong wind tips
  • 6th Nov – Box Starts and backwards Sailing
  • 13th Nov – Sail backwards to Start line and Fun Race
  • 20th Nov – Roll tacks and Roll Gybes
  • 27th Nov – What does the kicker and Cunningham do !!! Fun Race
Please be aware this schedule may change depending upon conditions.  These sessions are aimed at youngsters who have completed their Oppie training and are now too big for an Oppie or are in other boats and want develop their current skills or try alternative boats.
Club Boats will be booked through the club office.  They will be free of charge for the first 6 weeks after which the normal small nominal charge to cover insurance and ongoing maintenance will apply.
If there are any Juniors who want to join this squad or any adults who would be available to help with coaching, please contact Paul Checksfield or Kevin Druce.
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