Cowes Week have selected the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF) as the official charity for the 2017 regatta. The foundation was set up following the death of professional sailor Andrew Simpson and works to honour his legacy by encouraging youngsters into sailing and guiding those aspiring to secure a career in the industry.
The charities largest known event is Barts Bash, a sailing event that takes place worldwide, this year on the 16th & 17th September. Since 2014 when the event launched, 54,253 people have participated in 62 countries at 847 sailing venues run by 12,916 volunteers. This activity has pledged £736,000 which has helped 45 sailing projects in 12 countries. Incredible numbers.
Here is a link to the foundation if you want to find out more, get involved or donate.