Record breaking was plain sailing for High Peak clubs

Combs Sailing Club members Alex Bowden and Jenn Lamb on the day of the world record attempt. Photo contributed.
Combs Sailing Club members Alex Bowden and Jenn Lamb on the day of the world record attempt. Photo contributed.

High Peak clubs sailed into the record books recently, taking part in the world’s biggest race.

Combs, Toddbrook, Errwood and Glossop sailing clubs made history by participating in Bart’s Bash, an international record attempt in memory of Olympic sailor Andew ‘Bart’ Simpson, who died last year in a training accident.

More than 18,000 participants took to the water in 2,500 boats at 768 venues from 68 countries on 21 September, making it the largest sailing race in the world ever.

Set up to inspire the next generation of sailors, the event also helped raise money for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

Members from Combs and Toddbrook took to Combs Reservoir in 40 boats.

Member John Saunders said: “The winner was Louis Saunders, followed in second place by Peter Gardner and crew Sue Lucas Woolley, and in third Andy, Sant.

“The results from all participating clubs around the world are currently being uploaded and processed, so we are yet to find out how us sailors at Combs rank in the world!

“It has been a brilliant day we couldn’t have asked for better. Having 40 boats on the water has been fantastic, we have never had that many before and so it has made for testing racing.

“The atmosphere at the club has been incredible and it’s testament to a great sailing hero that so many people across the world have taken part in his memory.”