Gold medal for Axe Yacht Club
PUBLISHED: 09:11 23 January 2015 | UPDATED: 09:29 23 January 2015
Olympic sailing champ Ben Ainslie praises members for their fundraising efforts
Olympic sailing champion Sir Ben Ainslie took time out from his hectic America’s Cup schedule to present the Axe Yacht Club with a gold medal.
It was one of 27 awarded to those who raised a significant sum of money for Bart’s Bash, the global sailing race that took place on September 21.
More than 16,000 boats in 60 countries took to the water for the event that raised an £366,391.95.
Sir Ben presented the medal to Amanda Parker, cadet activities co-ordinator, who represented the Axe Yacht Club at a champagne reception at the CWM FX London Boatshow to celebrate the success of Bart’s Bash and the AYC’s fantastic fundraising achievements.
Moët and Chandon kindly provided the champagne and the event was hosted by show sponsors, CWM FX.
More than 150 AYC members, including 28 cadets, took to the water for Bart’s Bash. Several cadets raised money in sponsorship and contributed to the fantastic total of £1,959 raised by the club.
The money raised goes to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, the charity founded in memory of, and inspired by, Olympic Gold medalist Andrew “Bart” Simpson who died at the age of 36. Sir Ben is a founding trustee. It will be used to change young people’s lives through sailing.
AYC was one of 237 clubs that submitted video evidence and witness statements from the day, which ensured that Bart’s Bash now holds the Guinness World Record for the largest sailing race on one day in the world.