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Barts Bash

Bart’s Bash is the World’s largest sailing event that is run by sailing clubs all around the world on behalf of The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

The first Bart’s Bash event saw over 700 sailing clubs from over 68 different countries take part each in their own individual Bart’s Bash race at their location, helping to encourage more people to get on the water and enjoying a day’s sailing.

On September 20th 2015 Tees & Hartlepool Yacht Club would like to invite you to join them and participate in Bart’s Bash, the global sailing event in memory of Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup sailor, Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson.

To celebrate the day there will be racing at 11:00, followed by live music and a bouncy castle during Sunday afternoon, Mandy will be serving up lunches as usual so why not bring the family and join in the fun, Girl group “the Seatones” will be singing in the lounge from 2pm.

The event will see thousands of people from across the world joining the likes of America’s Cup sailors Sir Ben Ainslie, Jimmy Spithill and Iain Percy who all took part in the inaugural event in 2014. 

Bart’s Bash in 2014 saw over 30,000 people sail in over 50 countries with 552 clubs holding an event. The event set a Guinness World Record for the largest sailing race in 24 hours which was announced in Jan 2015.

So far the 2015 event has 403 venues signed up across 50 countries, and yes we are one of them! Let’s make this a fantastic 1st year for THYC, the main aim is to get as many boats out on the water for one single race, this will include the Cruisers and many others! all racing on the same course for our new trophy honoured in the name of the late John Barry Hughes, kindly donated by our very own Phillip Hope. We also may have the possibility of the race being safety assisted/witnessed by Hartlepool RNLI!!! If the thought of getting into the Guinness Record books was not enough..

Ok so how do you sign up?

Participants need to sign up online at , click the link and register yourself, boat, crew and last but not least the venue you want to sail…Tees & Hartlepool Yacht Club. 

Hartlepool Marina is offering FREE Berthing for the weekend for all participants of Barths Bash 2015

For more information on the event at THYC please contact Jonny Hatch/Phillip Hope/Micky Early.

For information on Bart’s Bash  checkout 

Full details and results from the first Bart’s Bash event can be found at




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MarinaFest 2015

A mass of maritime fun was had at a Hartlepool festival and it could become an annual attraction.
The first ever MarinaFest was held in town on Saturday complete with events such as a rafting race, paddle boarding, and the new attraction known as flyboarding.
 It was all based around the Marina and Jacksons Wharf and there was also a chance to enjoy a barbecue and live music.
It all started with an aquathlon which saw athletes tackle a swim and run before other water-based activities got under way.
The fun was organised jointly by Hartlepool Marina, the Jacksons Wharf pub and Trigma.
Hartlepool Marina director Adam Henderson said: “Hopefully this can be an annual event. We have worked together to bring something to the Marina this summer.
“This is a chance for people to see what you can do at the Marina, and to come and have a try.
“It is also an end-of-season celebration, primarily for the berth holders down here, but also for the 
general public to come along.
“We would really like to organise this every year. We will embrace it and hopefully it can get bigger and better year on year.”
Hartlepool Marina is no stranger to big events after playing its part in the town leg of The Tall Ships Races in 2010.
The town also regularly held maritime festivals and Mr Henderson believes the venue is ideal for more success.
Gary Wilson, who set up Trigma with Matt Turnbull, said this year’s MarinaFest was being held to “test the water for bigger and better things to come.”
He said there were hopes of making the event a week-long festival in the future and if that happened it would be “incorporating lots of different things.
It is about bringing people to the Marina 
and using this body of water.”
Matthew John is the manager at Jacksons Wharf which was the setting for the barbecue, for the destination and to “gel it all together.”
He said: “It is good for the area in general.”
“This is a snippet of what is happening and if it can continue in years to come, it could become a big deal.”


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In 2014, a whopping 24,000 people ‘pushed the boat out’ and you can be part of it too in 2015.

RYA Push the Boat Out is back next year, taking place from 09- 17 May 2015. Over nine days you can experience sailing and windsurfing at ‘have a go’ taster sessions at sailing clubs and centres across the UK.

Whether you’re a regular sailor, new to the sport or simply want a day out with the family, Push the Boat Out provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to get out on the water and have a great day out.

RYA Push the Boat Out is all about people connecting with their local sailing club or provider and discovering just how easy it is to get involved in a fantastic social outdoor sport.

RYA Push the Boat Out 2015 will take place from 09- 17 May.

Put the date in your diary and keep an eye on this website for more updates, news and information on how to get involved.

Contact Tees & Hartlepool Yacht Club via



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