Barts Bash - Race Report - September 2016

Clacton Sailing Club joins in with Bart’s Bash

On the Beach - Bart's Bash 2016

Pictured above - Competitors on the beach

On Sunday members of Clacton Sailing Club joined in the global sailing event that is called Bart’s Bash for the second year running. Named after Andrew (Bart) Simpson, the Olympic gold medallist who died tragically in 2013 training for the America’s Cup.

Bart’s Bash funds a charity that encourages young people to sail. Last year through sailing events across the world there was 7200 contestants and Clacton Sailing Club members won four of the top ten places and were keen to support this worthy charity this year.

11.15am sharpe

At 11.15 sharp the claxton started the first of two back to back races around a measured course against the stop watch.

In the first race line honours went to James Foxon in his Lazer hotly pursued by Stelios in his Nacra 20 pipped the accomplished team of Pete Boxer and Eilish Dempsey in their Dart 18 Catamaran.

The race was now on with the competitors trying to complete as many 1800m laps as possible in the allocated time.

Commanding Lead

Larry Foxon and Mike Rolfe soon developed a commanding lead in their superfast Hurricane 5.9 catamaran knowing that on their handicap rating that they had to lead the fleet by a considerable distance. Larry was followed by a procession of smaller catamarans including Dart 16s and a single Lazer.

Winner of the first race went to Boxer and Dempsey on handicap in their Dart 18 beating Foxon and Rolfe by the narrowest of margins having travelled more than 11000m.

Wind drops

With the wind dropping race two was run on a reduced length encouraging close quarter racing. This benefited the nimble Lazer helmed by James Foxon leading to a commanding win.

On handicap the honours for second place were closely fought between the Boxer Dempsey team and the Foxon Rolfe combination. Foxon and Rolfe took second place by just 20 seconds.

Pete Boxer, Eilish and James Foxon - Bart's Bash 2016

Pictured above - James Foxon with Eilish and Pete Boxer.

All members agreed it was another very successful event with all sailors not only enjoying the event but also supporting a very worthy charity.