Hillarys Yacht Club’s Guinness World Record attempt for charity

A Hillarys scene similar to how it could look this Sunday.
A Hillarys scene similar to how it could look this Sunday.

SAILORS at Hillarys Yacht Club will join thousands of others around the world this Sunday in a race to set a Guinness World Record and raise money for the Andrew (Bart) Simpson Sailing Foundation.

Organisers say the race is “a metaphor for how Andy lived his life: it’s about valuing what we have that is great, competing at the highest level, seeking to support every up and coming sailor, sharing experience, providing encouragement, expecting dedication and commit- ment”.

Simpson was a gold and silver Olympic medallist and America’s Cup sailor who died in an accident while preparing for the America’s Cup.

As a precursor to the coming sailing season at Hillarys the race will bring together yachts from the Keel, Dinghy and Cruising divisions of the club to maximise participation and fundraising efforts.

The northern rock wall groyne on Northside Drive (Hillarys Marina) will provide great viewing of the start of the race at 10am. Anyone who likes what they see has an opportunity to “come and try” at the club during October, starting with an opening day on October 4 and culminating in a Discover Sailing Day on November 1. To find out more or make a donation go to: www.bartsbash.com and check out how many yachts and sailors are taking part around the world. Call HYC on 9246 2833 for October opportunities.