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Bart's Bash - world-wide sailing event #495731
09/15/14 04:23 PM
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Amanda Syme Offline OP

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The San Pedro Sailing Club at Caribbean Villas would love it if you would enter your boats to participate in this event. We anticipate the race taking approximately 2 hours. The course will only be about 1 km. If successful we will be included in the Guinness Book of World Records. You need to sign up on line and then give us a call to co-ordinate. We hope you can join us. And don't worry, we will be finished with plenty of time to spare to join in with the San Pedro Independence Day parade.
Pit your sailing skills against 10,000 sailors taking part in one global race!

Race against Olympic sailing legends, World Champions and Americas Cup Skippers!

Race in fleets of over 400 Optimists or 900 Lasers!

Who wouldn't want bragging rights that they have sailed in the World's Biggest Sailing Race EVER?

On Sunday 21st September the San Pedro Sailing Club at Caribbean Villas will be taking part in a Guinness Book of World Records attempt of what promises to be the LARGEST SAILING EVENT IN THE WORLD. With currently over 10,000 sailors signed up in over 720 venues around the globe this will be a truly amazing event to take part in.


The race is set over a predefined course and every participant will receive an overall world position. Entrants will be racing against some of the biggest names in sailing ranging from Olympic gold medalists to America Cup skippers.

This worldwide event will be truly awe-inspiring for all participants and place Belize on the world map of sailing.

Our club is registered on Bart's Bash site here

The course will be a straight line reach and back so nothing too competitive. The faster boats should be finished in slightly over 15 minutes. If you would like further information please let me know...

Last edited by Amanda Syme; 09/15/14 04:25 PM.
Re: Bart's Bash - world-wide sailing event [Re: Amanda Syme] #495858
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San Pedro Racers to participate in World’s Biggest Sailing Race

The San Pedro Racers (SPR) will be part of Bart’s Bash, a sailing race that will be simultaneously taking place in several destinations across the world. The event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 21st across 65 countries,and is expected to be the biggest sailing race yet. The aim of Bart’s Bash is to set a record in the Guinness Book of World Records, and to be the “Largest sailing event in the world”. Belize’s venues for the all-day event will be Caribbean Villas Hotel.

Bart’s Bash is hosted by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, a charity organization aimed to inspire the next generation of youth through sailing in the United Kingdom and around the world. As part of the event, sailing clubs from across the globe will race at their locations. At the end of the race, all sailors will receive an overall world rank according to their score in the race. So far, Bart’s Bash will see the participation of 10,796 sailors from 728 clubs. In addition to attempting to set a world record, the race will also serve as a fundraiser for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun

Re: Bart's Bash - world-wide sailing event [Re: Amanda Syme] #495887
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Re: Bart's Bash - world-wide sailing event [Re: Amanda Syme] #495941
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“Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” – Bart’s Bash in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Bart’s Bash, I now know, is a global sailing and fund raising event set up by The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation to join together sailors across the world to set a Guinness World Record and, more importantly, raise money for charity. For those of you not aware, Andrew “Bart” (nicknamed after THE Simpsons’ character) Simpson, MBE was an English sailor who won a gold medal for Great Britain in the Star class in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was tragically cut down in his prime at only thirty-seven years of age when the catamaran he was training on for the America’s Cup capsized. So what’s this got to do with San Pedro you’re thinking. Well, quite a lot actually because the San Pedro Sailing Club was one of the 754 clubs from 65 countries around the world taking part in this momentous event today.

Bart’s Bash Sail on Ambergris Caye Helps to (Hopefully) Beat A Guinness World Record
TODAY, September 21st – also coincidentally Belize’s Independence Day – was the first Bart’s Bash. A huge global sailing race and fundraiser in the name of Andrew “Bart” Simpson – a professional sailor who lost his life while sailing in preparation for the America’s Cup. Sailing clubs and teams from around the world, raising money, celebrating sailing and trying to break a Guinness World Record. “The Largest Sailing Race in 24 Hours (Multiple Venues)” Guinness World Record attempt. Witnesses, stewards, official videos and photos must be sent. This is the real deal. And the coolest part? One of our clubs here in San Pedro, Belize (don’t even ask why there is more than one)…as well as the clubs in Corozal and Belize City…are participating.

Re: Bart's Bash - world-wide sailing event [Re: Amanda Syme] #496089
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The beach before the race.
Photo courtesy of Casa Picasso


THE EVENT: On Sunday, September 21, the international sailing community completed what will no doubt go into the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest sailing regatta in history. The Regatta, called Bart's Bash, was organized by the world's top sailors in honor and in memory of their beloved mate, philanthropist and Olympic winner, Andrew "Bart" Simpson, who lost his life at age 37, practicing aboard Sweden's 72-foot America's Cup catamaran that cartwheeled in preliminaries on San Francisco Bay on May 8,2013. (

Flying the banner of Commodore Milner's San Pedro Sailing Club (SPSC), 81 sailors manned 28 vessels and competed against 17,500 other sailors of all ages on boats of many classes that hailed from 750 other sailing clubs spread among 65 countries. All sailed Bart's-Bash-specified courses on their own home waters.

THE SCORING: The Guiness World Record Book's official adjudicators are satisfied that modern computer technology can allow Bart's Bash scorers to control against contamination of results, even with so many potentially confounding variables present - different venues, boat classes, wind speeds, wave conditions, courses, etc. Thus controlled, every boat can be handicapped and ranked fairly against all the others.

THE RACE: The local course was set in the waters off Caribbean Villas, and crisp 11.3-knot Easterly winds prevailed. HIs Worship the Mayor, Danny Guerrero, replete with air horn was San Pedro Sailing Club's Official Bart's Bash Regatta Starter.

Virtually every sailboat on the island that could - big and small - turned out for Bart's Bash. SPSC's fleet of eight little 7-footer Optimist dinghies and 12 -18 ft. Hobie catamarans were joined by Cayo Espanto's and No Worries Tours' Hobies, a Laser, and a 14-ft. custom, 2-masted double hulled twin-sailed experiment. They scudded like water bugs among big charter boats the likes of El Gato, TMM's Avanga, Rum Punch II, Seaduced, Seariious Escape, and Tuff Enough Tours' Just Anada Tuff Day.

THE RESULTS - HOLD YOUR BREATH, FOLKS: As of this article's deadline, the scorers have provisional results from SPSC and 131 other clubs. That is about 18% percent of all participants. The scorers expect to have final results sometime today (Friday).

Meanwhile, quite a few top honors - at least for the time being and at least among these 132 clubs - appear to go to San Pedro sailors!

Belizeans are among the TOP SAILORS OVERALL as well as the TOP SAILORS IN MEDIUM WNDS: In both categories, Gorge Oliverez ranks 5th, and Willy Leslie; Andy Milner, and Sarah White are 8th, 9th, and 10th, respectively. Chris Beaumont is in the top 20, with the 18th spot. Joy White and Cindy Vigna are ranked 1st and 6th respectively in the ROOKIE RANKS. Sarah White tops the LADY HELMS, beating her mother Joy who ranks 3rd. Emails pouring in to SPSC members from around the world express total awe. Belize will not only be in the Guinness Book of World Records, respect for Belize as a sailing venue is becoming as broad as it is sudden and unexpected.

THE COMMUNITY: Organizing and carrying the San Pedro Sailing Club's Bart's Bash participation to such a successful, highly entertaining, and rewarding start and finish took a lot of volunteer effort. The event brought together many, many segments of the Ambergris Caye community. Commodore MiIner fielded Bart's Bash official briefings for months in the complex planning stages and sent many communiques back to the event's superb staff in the UK. SPSC's Cindy Vigna tirelessly beguiled so many boat captains to participate, then tabulated the complex results and sent them in. Andy and Cindy and SPSC's other event planners, Amanda and Christine Syme, and Vice Commodore Forrest Jones all send heartfelt thanks for those ashore who had to run a seriously professional race:

The Official Time Keepers and Stewards were Callum Syme of San Pedro Weather and Dave and Dr. Rene Reasa, backed up by Isla Bonita Yacht Club manager Beth Hart, and vacationer Lois King. Dr. Rachel Graham of the Mar Alliance NGO and Caye Casa's Julie Babcock served as Official Independent Witnesses, with Dr. Danny Gonzalez backing them up. The five safety boats were provided and skippered by Timo Prevett and his 1st mate Alexandra Boiton, Mikey Madrid in Me Boat, Palapa Bar's Scott & Jody Harnish, Peter Lawrence of Pedro's and Caribbean Villas, and Josh Buetttner of Ambergris Seaside Real Estate with his wife, Joanne. Christine Syme ran errands tirelessly for the skippers and race officials, as frequently did Tori Fearneyhough, the Official Video and Still Photographer. Roaming through the fleet with jet ski and GoPro camera was the regatta's Official Action Photographer, Matt Jones.

UPCOMING: SPSC will post more highlights of the event on its web site and Facebook page as they come in, and will release the results, analysis and more news to the media as soon as the Bart's Bash Event Managers in the UK makes them official.

Once this year's scorers certify Sunday's results, SPSC will present 2014 awards in a ceremony at Caribbean Villas, the exact time and date to be announced. In the true Spirit of Andrew "Bart" Simpson, himself, Bart's Bash UK Event Managers, and all who participated worldwide, some of the awards will be, um, rather unusual, because the first rule of recreational sailing is to Have Fun!

NEWS FLASH: It's Official, The San Pedro Sailing Club will host THE 2015 BART'S BASH REGATTA on Ambergris Caye at Caribbean Villas on Sunday, September 20, 2015.

High Tech course map
photo courtesy of San Pedro Sailing Club

Pre-race group shot
Photo courtesy of Unbelizeable Weddings-and-Honeymoons

Commodore Milner and crew David Syme. They finished 2nd in Belize and are provisionally ranked 3rd over all internationally in Bart's Bash.
photo courtesy of San Pedro Sailing Club

There They Go!
Photos courtesy of Casa Picasso

Bart's Bash.
photo courtesy of Palapa Bar & Grill

Barts Bash
Photo courtesy of Matt Jones


Hobies Crossing behind El Gato & Seaduced
Photo courtesy of Casa Picasso

Hobies Junior racers in Optimist Dinghies
photo courtesy of Rachel Graham

Hobies Junior racers in Optimist Dinghies
photo courtesy of Rachel Graham

Hobies The Race
Photo courtesy of Matt Jones

Hobies Rum Punch II and Seaduced
Photo courtesy of Casa Picasso

Hobies Optimists & Dave Baker's goofy "Twin-surfer."
Photo courtesy of Rachel Graham

Hobies Alexandra Boiton & Timo Prevett

Vigilant Safety boat

San Pedro Sailors partake in World’s Largest Sailing Race
On Sunday September 21st, San Pedro sailors participated in Bart’s Bash, a worldwide sailing race that has officially set the new Guinness World Record for the Largest Sailing Race. The race itself was organized by the Andrew “Bart” Simpson Sailing Foundation. The foundation is a United Kingdom- based charity set up in the Olympic gold medallist’s memory in 2013, and is meant to inspire the next generation of young people through sailing in the UK and around the world. The foundation invited sailing clubs from across the globe to take part in the simultaneous races worldwide, and Ambergris Caye’s very own San Pedro Sailing Club (San Pedro Racers) was delighted to partake.

The boats raced two laps from the starting point at Caribbean Villas sailing south along a short course to Victoria House. San Pedro’s sailors joined 17,500 other sailors worldwide, which represented 750 sailing clubs in 65 different countries across the globe. As each sailor crossed the finish line their time was recorded to be submitted to the official Bart’s Bash Website, where they await official tallying. While all sailors will receive official scoring after all global submissions have been averaged by the official website, the day was hardly about competition, as the sailing community gathered simply for the love of the sport. Spectators cheered on the final Optimist sailor as he sailed in and then took the party back to Caribbean Villa’s Beach Bar, where the club and families celebrated the success of a grand event over drinks, brunch and an afternoon barbeque.

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No one expected it. No one in the world expected Belize sailors all to finish among the top 15%, and place 4 in the top 50, in the biggest regatta of all time.

On September 21, 2014, twenty-eight Belizeans were among 16,780 skippers of all ages, all over the world, and in all sorts of sailboats, participating in Bart's Bash, a regatta that the Guinness Book of World Records accepts as the largest regatta in history. It was held in memory of a beloved champion sailor and philanthropist, Andrew "Bart" Simpson and in support of The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Bart lost his life at age 37, practicing aboard Sweden's 72-foot America's Cup catamaran that cartwheeled in preliminaries on San Francisco Bay on May 8, 2013. The names of all the skippers in this memorial to his life will be recorded in the Guinness book's on line edition.

It has taken the regatta's volunteer committee in the UK 5 weeks to compile the results, but they are finally in, and they are something of which all Belize can be immensely proud. The performance of the Belizean skippers establishes their homeland in the eyes of the international sailing community as a venue for sailors everywhere to admire, to yearn for, and to come and experience.

1179 of the boats contending were Optimist class dinghies, sailed individually by children aged 8 - 15. Young Belizean Optimist skippers in this massive regatta finished with ranks among the top 5% in their class and among the top 8% over all. Here are their scores:

Sarah White, age 14, finished #309 over all, 39th out of all 2,369 lady skippers, 11th among all Optimists, and 6th among the 284 girls sailing Optimists.

Chris Lopez, age 13, finished #341 over all, 12th in the Optimist fleet.

Kevin Velasquez, age 13, finished #450 over all, 19th in the Optimist fleet of 1179.

Alexandra Lausen, age 10, sailed to a 556th place finish over all, an 81st place among all 2,369 lady skippers, a 24th place finish in the Optimist fleet, and a 12th place finish among the 284 girls sailing Optimists.

Mitchell Sersland, age 12, finished #668 over all and 27th in the 1179-boat Optimist fleet.

Grace Brown, age 13, finished #737 over all, 96th out of 2.369 lady skippers, 30th in the Optimist fleet, and 14th among girls sailing Optimists.

Caroline Sersland, age 10, finished #784 over all, 104th out of 2,369 lady skippers, 32nd in the Optimist fleet, and 15th among girls sailing Optimists.

Nicolas Lausen, age 9, sailed to a #1258 finish over all which still placed him in the top 8% and 52nd among the Optimist fleet of 1179.

These young skippers truly surprised themselves, their trainers at the San Pedro Sailing Club (SPSC) at Caribbean Villas, and the whole international sailing community. They can be extremely proud of achieving such high international rankings.

All of the regatta's results can be found on line at, where the reported success of the adult Belizean entrants has similarly impressed sailing communities around the world. 19-yr.old Luis Blanco, an SPSC product aboard a Hobie Getaway catamaran, placed 30th, over all, highest among all Belizeans. The other adults from Belize finished as follows:

# 36 - Self-taught Willie Leslie aboard his Nacra 17 catamaran.

# 46 - Luis Blanco's younger brother, Jorge Olivarez, an SPSC product, on a Hobe Wave.

# 51 - Andy Milner, SPSC's Commodore, aboard his Hobie 18 catamaran, placing him 5th out of the 14 others in that class.

# 64 - Forrest Jones, SPSC's Vice-Commodore, sailing his Hobie Getaway, came in 2nd, behind Luis Blanco, but the Getaway class had only 2 other entrants.

# 201 - Chris Beaumont of the Belize Chocolate Company on his Laser Radial - 8th out of 953 in his class.

# 225 - Sarah White's mom, Joy White, SPSC, on a Hobie Wave, placing her 20TH among 2.369 lady skippers.

# 262 - Ari Vanzie of No Worries Tours, a Rookie from Cayo Espanto.

#1405 - Serwin Baldar, SPSC, on his Com PAC 19 - placed 5th among all 577 sailors for whom this race was their very first.

#2498 - Gerry Neuman, on one of Cayo Espanto's waves, is still in the top 15% of all finishers, and placed 12th among those racing for the very first time.

Belizeans took the top 5 places among the admittedly small fleet of 19 Hobie Wave catamarans entered:

1 - Jorge Olivarez, SPSC

2 - Joy White, SPSC

3 - Ari Vanzie of No Worries Tours, San Pedro

4 - Cindy Vigna, SPSC Reso

5 - Gerry Neuman, Cayo Espanto.

Out of 1498 rookie sailors, Belize's 3 rookies all placed in the top 20. San Pedro's Joy White placed 5th, Venezia Del Caribe Resort & Spa's Richard Knorr placed 10th and San Pedro's Cindy Vigna's #1133 finish placed her 18th among the rookies.

Belize has attracted foreign visitors for many reasons. Now, an appeal to the world to come to Belize and sail has been launched by the jaunty Belizean skippers who fared so surprisingly well in the record-setting Bart's Bash regatta.

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