FROM the Abu Dhabi Sailing Club to the Zeekoevlei Yacht Club and 355 venues in 58 countries between, 6442 participants sailed in the Bart’s Bash Race on September 18.
They were attempting yet again to set a Guinness World Record for the largest sailing race and to raise money for the Andrew (Bart) Simpson Sailing Foundation.
Hillarys Yacht Club took part with a fleet of 24 boats and more than 50 sailors in keelboats, tasars, lasers, 125s, optimists, an aero and a pacer.
In a strengthening northerly breeze, all boats started at the same time, on the same line – albeit divided between dinghies and keelboats – and tacked back and forth to the top mark before setting spinnakers and heading for the finishing line.
Whenever their paths crossed, the nimble dinghies wove their magic around what seemed to be dinosaurs of the seas, the keelboats. Fortunately, no collisions were recorded; however, near misses were regaled in good-humoured banter at the presentations.
The club looks forward to the opening day of the new season on October 9.