Well the sun shone, the wind blew a good F3-4 straight down the lake, and most of all ASC had 28 starters battling for a place on the line between marks 5 and 6. The massed start was a sight not seen for many years at Aldenham, maybe at one of the Laser Opens - we did get 25 Ents out at an Open about ten years ago. As a result we fully qualified as a participating club and ASC played our part in the biggest simultaneous sailing event ever. We also took £195 in donations on the day on top of any online contributions. We're still not quite sure who won on handicap - that's for the organisers to sort out with their special BB formula - but by good fortune the measured lap worked out almost exactly 1km long! Barry Steel, Mark Donnelly, Colin Carver and around ten followers managed 5 laps this morning and every finisher managed twice the minimum distance required. Well done all who took part.
Special thanks go to our official witnesses: councillors Seamus Quilty and Viv Charrett and the six AODs who helped me run the event: Dan and Peter the cameramen; John and Chas the support boat helms; Chris and Natalie the anchor wo(men) not forgetting Malcolm who measured the course. Pete Ellis although not able to race was our inspiration to get the show on the road in the first place. Videos and photos are being sorted out as I write.
Dan's pics are here (also via the Club photo gallery) and here's a link to a short video of the start. Marcus has more video which we'll make available if possible through the site.
A blizzard of stats is building up on the Bart's Bash site www.bartsbash.co.uk so go and have a look for yourself. Provisional results are due on Monday to be confirmed about a week later, together with, hopefully, a World Record.
And a word about our Cadet hero:
Just to add a note on the ‘Aldenham-away-from-home’ front, Tom Collyer won the Cadet Class Bart’s Bash race at the Cadet Inland Championships. They had 54 boats on the water. He finished 2nd overall in the Inlands. Picture attached of him with his new crew, Cara Bland