Bart’s Bash and Club Racing – 14-15 September 2019

Horning Sailing Club held their annual Bart’s Bash race on Saturday in light winds on the River Bure, with a fantastic turnout.  Some 25 boats, largely dinghies, making a colourful spectacle on the water.  With a great atmosphere both on and off the water, the emphasis was on taking part rather than winning, and competitors were also joined by the traditional Broads Wherry Olive crossing the line with them when passing through Horning.  Encouragingly, the race attracted a number of sailors who do not usually race to take part for the first time too.  After nearly an hour’s racing, on handicap the race was won by Roger Pettit sailing his Yeoman, with Abbey Penny, and sisters Anya and Zia Gittins second, third and fourth respectively, all sailing Toppers.  Fifth was Oscar Mitchell sailing an Optimist.  So much fun was had that a second race was requested, followed promptly by a third, for which the wind increased slightly which made progress against the tide a little less challenging.  With the fleets split for the remaining two races, the keelboats were won by Abi Tassie helming Yare & Bure Nevada Blue, and Roger Pettit respectively, both Topper races by Abbey Penny, and both Optimist races by Lily Herring.


Sunday saw Club racing take place on Hoveton Little Broad.  With variable winds there were some significant wind shifts which resulted in changeable results across the fleets, dependent on whether competitors’ tactical decisions paid off.  The Reedling fleet saw close competition, with Robert Hancock winning the first race in Siskin.  The second race was much closer, initially led by James Pettit sailing Osiris, until a gust took him wide on a buoy, which allowed Robert to overtake and lead the first lap, before a wind shift enabled Ezra Bailey in Jaws and James to sail past.  Eventually Jaws won, followed by Siskin, then Osiris.  The largest fleet of the day – the Yeomans – saw a similar amount of action, with the lead boats on the first lap sailing the wrong course, before unwinding to continue correctly.  Despite this, the first two boats remained the same, the first race won by Roger Hannant in Firefly, ahead of Geoff Stubbs in Tara.  The second race saw these positions reversed, with Paul Clarke third in Two C’Sons.  Both Rebel morning races were won by Kevin Edwards sailing Rebel Maid, with Gerry Hermer in Rebel Sailer and Adrian Hammond  helming Lucky Rebel second in each race respectively, the afternoon race won by Kim West in Rebel.  Three Lasers competed in the afternoon, with Jack Barnham and James Pettit taking a win each.  21/22 September sees Open Dinghy Weekend at Horning Sailing Club – with visiting sailors welcome.


About Bart’s Bash

Bart’s Bash is the largest sailing race in the World and the flagship annual event of the Andrew Simpson Foundation, inspired by Olympic Gold and Silver medalist Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson MBE who passionately believed that everyone should have the chance to try sailing and enjoy the many benefits that it brings.