Portsmouth's Andrew Simpson Centre takes part in world's largest sailing race

THE Andrew Simpson Centre has this weekend taken part in the world’s largest sailing race.

Tuesday, 17th September 2019, 3:51 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th September 2019, 7:13 pm
Children got the opportunity to take part in Kayak taster sessions.

The outdoor education centre on Eastern Road was one of 257 venues across 31 countries to celebrate Bart’s Bash – a global sailing race organised annually by the Andrew Simpson Foundation.

During the race, sailors of all ages and abilities joined together with members from the Tudor Sailing Club to enjoy perfect conditions.

Young and old alike also had the opportunity to to take part in taster sessions including stand up paddleboarding, sailing and kayaking.

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Participants joined sailors from around the world in the annual Bart's Bash race.

Newly appointed centre manager, Hermione Garner, said: ‘Bart's Bash is always such a special event and this year we were delighted that it was such perfect weather and so many people were able to enjoy the racing. We had everyone from experienced racers to first timers sailing today and everyone came back with a huge smile on their face. Every year, Bart's Bash gets thousands of people enjoying sailing and watersports - many of whom have never sailed or raced before. We were proud to be a small part of this global event.

Those who didn’t fancy getting wet were able to enjoy a barbecue, tea and coffee and homemade cake stall.

Bart’s Bash was founded in 2014 in memory of Olympic gold and silver medallist, Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson MBE, who passionately believed that ‘everyone should have the chance to try sailing and enjoy the many benefits that it brings’.