Hillarys Yacht Club sails in fine weather for Bart’s Bash

 Laser 4.7 “Joe” in a sea of Optimists. Pictures: Greg Shakeshaft
Laser 4.7 “Joe” in a sea of Optimists. Pictures: Greg Shakeshaft

SAILORS at 640 venues in 86 countries numbered close to four thousand as once again they competed in Bart’s Bash, the largest global simultaneous yacht race.

It is aimed at remembering Americas Cup sailor Andrew (Bart) Simpson and raising funds for the foundation named after him and Hillarys Yacht Club sailors look forward to the annual event.

The Andrew Simpson Foundation’s overarching objective is to increase sailing participation and improve the lives of young people through sailing.

Since 2015 the foundation has supported more than 40 projects across 12 countries with funds totalling $2 million.

On Sunday, in contrast to the winter races, brilliant sunshine and a 10 knot westerly was ideal for the combined start of keelboats and various classes of dinghies.

Dinghies and keelboats head to the first mark in Bart’s Bash.

After passing through the timing gate for international result calculations at 1km, they went on their separate courses and headed back to the finish line.

At Hillarys, 28 yachts competed with events also held at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club and South of Perth Yacht Club.

The club now will hold its opening day and the Commodore’s Cup on Sunday, October 7.

Results

Keelboats: HYC Training (C.Kelly)

Tasar: Chiki (N & W.Harrison)

Laser 4.7: Maxed Out (B.Taylor)

125: Sweet Shiraz (A & M.Schmidt)

Optimist green: Lily’s Pad (L.Wild)

Optimist open: Sea Ya (B.Graham)

Dinghies and keelboats head to the first mark in Bart’s Bash.