Legendary sailors lend their help to promote charity event

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STAR sailors are helping to raise awareness of a global charity event.

Bart’s Bash, which raises money for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, is looking for people to sign up with the help of big names, including Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Sir Ben Ainslie, Tom Slingsby, and Shirley Robertson OBE.

Sir Robin, of Old Portsmouth, established the first Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 1996 and now is chairman of Clipper Ventures in Gosport.

Sir Ben Ainslie’s racing team is building its headquarters in Portsmouth ahead of the America’s Cup competition that is taking place this summer.

Both feature in a short film that aims to encourage people from across the world to take to the water on September 20 for the charity event.

Bart’s Bash was conceived in 2014 as a mass-participation event in memory of Olympic gold medallist Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson.

More than 30,700 people took part in the event across more than 50 countries and raised more than £360,000 for the charity.

In January 2015 Bart’s Bash was named as the largest sailing race in the world by Guinness World Records.

Mr Simpson, 36, won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver in the London 2012 games, both in the Star class sailing alongside Iain Percy, who is based on Hayling Island and is a member of the sailing club there.

Go to bartsbash.com if you would like take part.