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Sailing: Hong Kong takes part in world’s largest sailing event

Victoria Harbour will host racing on September 21 as part of the inaugural Bart’s Bash. Photo: RHKYC.

Victoria Harbour will host racing on September 21 as part of the inaugural Bart’s Bash. Photo: RHKYC.

September 15, 2014: The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) will host an event in Victoria Harbour this Sunday as part of the inaugural Bart’s Bash, which looks likely to set a world record for largest sailing event.

 

Bart’s Bash is run by sailing clubs all around the world on behalf of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, the charity named after Andrew 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, at the same time providing a milestone breakthrough at 300 clubs. 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 certain requirements to meet world record criteria.

 

Race details are set locally by each of the 716 participating venues, but are not onerous. At a bare minimum, to meet the world record rules, the course will need to be over 1km and one must sail for more than 15 minutes.

 

RHKYC’s event in Victoria Harbour will involve one-design boats sailing a course determined by the Race Officer on the day, while adhering to the world record rules. There is no limit to the number of boats that can enter and racing starts at 11.00am.

 

Anthony Day, Rear Commodore for the RHKYC, 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.”

 

Sailors wishing to enter the RHKYC event should sign up via the club’s Bart’s Bash microsite: http://www.bartsbash.co.uk/es/club/royal-hong-kong-yacht-club. Owners and skippers should e-mail sailing@rhkyc.org.hk.

 

Source: Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (www.rhkyc.org.hk); Editing by SportAsia

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