Celebrating sailing into the record books

Sailing record breakers

Sailing record breakers

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MEMBERS of Wigan Sailng Club are celebrating after entering The Guinness Book of Records.

Members of the Scotman’s Flash based society in Poolstock have landed themselves a place in the hallowed pages by successfully being a part of a joint successful attempt to take part in the Largest Sailing Race in the World!

Called Bart’s Bash after Andrew Simpson, the Great Britain, Gold and Silver medal winner at 2008 Beijing Olympic games who was tragically was killed last year while in training for the Americas cup, the race was staged in multiple locations over 24 hours.

Each club that entered had to hold a race on their sailing water

With a minimum number of 25 sailing dingys on the water. 26 local boats made it, two not being able to get there for the start time of 11am.

All the boats finished within the allocated time allowed, with the results being sent to the Bart Bash organisers to list into the final results of all the 125 clubs, in the amazing 68 countries world wide that took part.

Moneys raised from the race are going to the Andrew Bart Simpson foundation which, in its own words, “transforms the lives of young people through sailing.”

At the moment more than £200 has been raised by the club, but this is likely to raise as the totals are finalised.

Earlier in what has been a busy month for the sailing club, based off Rushdene, members raced in the 48th Annual, 24 hour sailing race on the relatively calm waters of Southport Marine lake.

This involves some of the top dinghy sailing clubs from throughout the country and competition is fierce.

The race started at 12 noon, and in teams of two people, swapping over, sailing all day and through out the night, into the following day, finally finishing at 12 noon, Sunday. Wigan came in at 31st out of 70.

The club welcomes all new people who want to learn to sail, from the young people to those not so. All can learn to sail through the club training programme which is held throughout the year, and there is equipment available at the club. Further details from the club at www.wigansailingclub.org