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More than a thousand sailors across Wales take part in Bart's Bash

by Hamish Stuart 5 Oct 2015 17:59 BST 20 September 2015

More than a thousand sailors across Wales took part in the world's biggest sailing race, with standards varying from top level to beginner.

At least 25 sailors per club at venues throughout Wales joined fellow watersport enthusiasts round the world in Bart's Bash, to raise money for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation in memory of the Olympic medallist who died while preparing for the America's Cup.

British Marine Federation figures show that participation in boating in Wales has doubled over the last five years, so many taking part in this Guinness World Record attempt shows the growing strength of the sport in Wales.

Clubs from all round Wales, including Royal Anglesey, Llyn Brenig and Red Wharf Bay, joined sailors at hundreds of clubs across the across the world in taking part in the one kilometre race.

"This was a good example of the sailing community of all ages and abilities coming together to support a wonderful cause – and have a bit of fun while they were doing it," said RYA Cymru Wales national development officer Ruth Iliffe.

"It is another example of how sailing is growing in Wales – along with the importance of sailing to Wales.

"Sailing is a healthy and inclusive family orientated sport that allows for lifelong participation regardless of ability or disability."

Llyn Brenig organised their event in partnership with St David's College outdoor education, with more than 40 sailors taking part in 33 boats.

There were a double figure number of boats at Red Wharf Bay, while there were plenty of visitors who had never sailed before taking part at Royal Anglesey.

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