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Countdown to Bart's Bash 2016 this weekend

New Zealand is all set to kick off Bart's Bash 2016 global sailing event to promote disabled sailing.

Thousands of sailors across the world are poised to take part in the third annual Bart's Bash, a global sailing event being held this weekend in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF).

Wellington Sailability in New Zealand kicks off the two-day event on Saturday 17 September at 09:00 local time.

Over 330 sailing clubs and sailing venues in 56 countries are already signed up to participate this year, in memory of Olympic medallist Andrew 'Bart' Simpson (Gold & Silver with Iain Percy in the Star class) who tragically lost his life in a sailing accident whilst out training in San Francisco Bay in 2013.

Sailors taking part in Bart's Bash are raising funds for the Foundation whose very specific objective for 2016 is to promote awareness for, and the further development of, disabled sailing globally.

Meanwhile, ASSF founding Trustee Iain Percy OBE, is due to compete in two Bashes in two countries in two days!

He will join fellow America's Cup sailors in Bermuda on Saturday 17th, then heading back to the UK to sail with his close friend Sir Ben Ainslie at Hayling Island Sailing Club in Hampshire.

When asked what this year's Bart's Bash is all about, Iain's response is straight to the point, saying:

"Bart was extremely passionate about the power that sailing has and that it should be accessible for all."

"It is a travesty that the Paralympics is dropping sailing after Rio 2016 so we have placed Bart's Bash on the last two days of the Paralympic Games in 2016."

"It really is a call for the worldwide sailing community to get together and help raise funds for disabled and Paralympic sailing in the future."

You can still enter the event, fundraise and play your own important part in this year's Bart's Bash. Please visit www.bartsbash.com

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16 September 2016 7:40 GMT


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