I can safely say I haven’t seen so many boats on the water at one time before on the lake. With 103 registered and 93 actually crossing the start line, it was huge. Paulene even ran out of chips for the first time!! At time of writing we are the third largest entry in the world.
Nicki Theokritoff, the club’s commodore, said, “We were delighted to be part of this world wide record attempt to have the Biggest Sail Race ever, ever. It was a great sailing & social day for everyone with a fantastic atmosphere and lots of money raised for the Andrew Simpson Foundation. My thanks to everybody who came down & took part; also to our Sailing Secretary and the other organisers at the club who made this event possible here.”
Whilst not everyone finished over 86 boats did, there may have been more so please let us know if you don’t appear, at times getting numbers and times was very difficult with 6 boats at a time going through, John, Rob, Karen Marshall and Joe Desogner did a superb job.
James Logan made sure registration went smoothly and now has the unenviable task of uploading all the information. Thanks to our two witnesses and all the safety crew who were busier than expected, especially those additional ones who turned up for quiet Sunday!!
The course was 1.44 km per lap, and racing generally went on for an hour or so, starting promptly at 11am. The Windsurfers being first to start with 12 craft, we think this was the largest windsurf fleet in the world for Barts Bash (Julie Hall couldn’t find any higher numbers) then Fast Handicap, and a huge slow handicap fleet followed by Menagerie, where we had a good number of sailors racing for the first time including some of our youngest members.
Club members raised nearly £600 on line, and the collection bucket also raised £657.48
Adrian Jones (Rear Commodore) “There is still some loose change at the club to be added in but the total raised by the quiz, cakes and on the day entries is over £630 pounds. Final tally on Wednesday but thanks to all the sailors and helpers who have made it such a great weekend – from the experienced sailors to those who finished there level 2 sailing course the day before!”
Some photos from the day there is also a video on Youtube
Some additional photos from Louise Clayton now added 4th Oct 2014.