The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is delighted to announce a partnership with SAP, the world leader in enterprise software. SAP has been helping the Bart’s Bash organisers simplify the way race data captured from around the globe, for what is set to be the Largest Sailing Race in the world.
SAP has also supported the event by sending out over 600 race packs to Bart’s Bash event makers around the world containing essential tools for each race management team.
“It is a great pleasure to partner with the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation in supporting Bart’s Bash”, said Stefan Lacher, Head of Sponsorships Technology at SAP. “As a global company with a passionate involvement in the sport of Sailing, we are very proud that our support is helping simplify the operations involved in organizing the largest sailing regatta in the world in its inaugural year. We are amazed by the amount of global support this event has received and look forward to seeing the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation continue to progress at the rate it has in the past year raising money for many worthy causes.”
Bart’s Bash, the Guinness World Record attempt for the Largest Sailing Race and fundraising event for the Foundation, will be celebrated this Sunday, 21st September, with racing taking place in over 700 venues in more than 60 countries. So far over 14,000 sailors have signed up online at bartsbash.co.uk.
“We are very excited to work with SAP in the inaugural edition of Bart’s Bash,” said Event Manager Tim Anderton. “The event has received massive global support and we are delighted to partner with SAP, whose unparalleled experience in enterprise software will help us deliver the Largest Sailing Race in the World.”
The aim of Bart’s Bash is to remember Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, to inspire a new generation of sailors, to encourage clubs to open their doors and to fundraise for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. All the funds raised through Bart’s Bash will support the development and delivery of the Foundation’s charitable programmes nationally and internationally. These programmes have Bart’s and the Olympic values at their heart, and are currently being developed and tested at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre. Pilot programmes, designed to enhance sailing activities and participation, as well as to reach more young people, are also being tested in Bermuda and South Africa.
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Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation
The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation transforms the lives of young people through sailing. The charity was founded by Sir Ben Ainslie CBE, Iain Percy OBE and Andrew’s wife Leah following the early death of Olympic Gold medallist Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson in 2013. The Foundation offers a unique combination of the challenges of being on the water with the teaching of Bart’s life skills and values to enable young people between the age of 5 and 24 to realise their potential. The Foundation’s current projects include:
The Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre
Opened on 9 May 2014 by Andrew’s sons Hamish and Freddie and based at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. The centre is used to provide sailing opportunities for young people and as sailing education research facility.
The Ambassador programme
Life changing visits to schools and youth groups throughout the UK to inspire children to reach their potential, encouraging them to try sailing and helping to build links with local sailing clubs.
The inaugural Bart’s Bash is a sailing race run by sailing clubs around the world on behalf of the charity. Each sailing club will sail an individual Bart’s Bash race at their location on Sunday 21 September 2014. The aim is to raise money for the Foundation and set a world record for a sailing race.
Everything the Foundation does is driven by the belief that all young people have the ability to excel