Sailors from Weymouth and Portland will join sailing clubs and venues around the world this Sunday to take part in the fifth edition of the world's largest sailing event, Bart's Bash.

The Guinness world record-breaking event is celebrating its fifth year by attempting to beat its 2014 record as the largest sailing race in 24 hours.

Everyone is invited to join in the festivities at the sailing academy on Portland, even if they don't know how to sail or have a boat.

The Andrew Simpson Foundation is putting all of its boats up for grabs to be raced as part of the record attempt, as well as boats helmed by their fully qualified instructors for non-sailors wanting to get involved.

Before, during and after the racing, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre team will have a host of activities for children and those who do not wish to sail.

There will be a barbecue from midday and music from a local band after the racing has finished.

Tomorrow there will be a pre-Bart’s Bash fundraising party at The Boat That Rocks venue on Portland.

Foundation Trustee Iain Percy said: "We’re all very excited about the opportunity to provide sailing with a global fundraising platform through the annual Bart’s Bash event.

"We see this as a great opportunity for all participating Bart’s Bash sailing clubs to directly raise funds to benefit their local sailing projects as well as continuing to support the Foundation in achieving its aims.

"Five years on, we couldn't be prouder of what we have achieved to date, and I know Bart would be proud too."

The Andrew Simpson Foundation honours the legacy of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson MBE from Sherborne, an Olympic champion and America's Cup sailor who tragically died in 2013.

Andrew passionately believed that everyone should have the chance to try sailing.

The foundation's mission is to honour Andrew's legacy by helping to increase participation in sailing and improve the lives of young people through the sport he loved so much.

Full details of the event can be found online at including information on how to register and take part.

To book a boat or arrange to sail with an instructor call 01305 457400.