South Yorkshire sailors take part in ‘Bart’s Bash’ world-record attempt

Members of Pennine Sailing Club taking part in Bart's Bash at Winscar Reservoir.
Members of Pennine Sailing Club taking part in Bart's Bash at Winscar Reservoir.
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Dozens of South Yorkshire sailors took to the water as part of a global world-record attempt raising cash for charity.

Members of Pennine Sailing Club were joined by students from Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield University at Winscar Reservoir in the Peak District for Bart’s Bash.

A total of 77 people took part, joining more than 18,000 others across the world attempting to break the record for the biggest sailing race within 24 hours.

The event was organised by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, a charity set up following the death of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson MBE.

Mr Simpson, a former Olympic gold medallist, died aged 36 in an accident in San Francisco Bay in May 2013.

More than 670 clubs across the world took part, with Pennine Sailing Club named in the top 50 for its number of participants.

Colin Dengate, of Pennine Sailing Club, which is based at the reservoir near Penistone, said: “The foundation helps young people to develop the personal skills that will improve their ability to succeed in life and to improve access to jobs and careers within the maritime sector.

“The support the club’s membership have shown is truly amazing.”

Motre than £200,000 has been raised so far for the foundation, which provides opportunities for young people to take part in sailing.

Iain Percy, Mr Simpson’s former racing partner said his friend was always willing to give advice and support to young sailors and the foundations aims to carry on his good work.

He said: “Nothing was too much trouble for Bart.

“He believed passionately in supporting the next generation and did it because he cared.”

Organisers are waiting for confirmation about whether the record has been broken, with results still coming in from across the world.