Bart’s Bash at the Welsh Harp
21 September 2014
It’s a national event, Bart’s Bash, but Maritime Films UK went to one bit of it – with Wembley Sailing Club at the Welsh Harp reservoir in North London. The Bash is in memory of the much loved yachtsman Andrew Simpson (nicknamed Bart because of his spiky hair) who sadly lost his life during training for the America’s Cup in 2012. Now the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation has been set up in his memory – to encourage more young people to get on the water – and UK-wide sailing events were held to raise funds to support it. We came along to film for our Maritime Media Awards movie ‘Boat Nation’ – looking at how and why the boating and yachting people of the UK have become Britain’s No 1 maritime ambassadors. And we weren’t disappointed. And didn’t even get our feet wet…
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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