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Summer Party Success as Harken UK Raises £1,100 for the Andrew Simpson Foundation!


Every year Harken UK host their infamous Summer Party, a free event where friends, family, customers and trade members alike descend on the Harken UK office for an evening of complimentary entertainment, drinks and food.

This year Harken dedicated their Summer Party to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation who aim to help young people between five and twenty four develop their personal skills to improve their ability to succeed in life and to improve access to jobs and careers within the maritime sector.

The evening started by rolling in a lorry to which the nights entertainment, band Zac and the Zeroes set up to play live music throughout the night. An Oppi dinghy was borrowed from the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, filled with ice, beer, wine and soft drinks, BBQ’s were erected to serve countless amounts of chilli at varying heats for those brave enough to take on a bit of spice!

Andy Ash-Vie, Managing Director of Harken UK commented, “Yet again the brilliant Zac and the Zeros, delivered a fantastic party atmosphere with excellent music which got everybody dancing.  With everybody in such a happy mood, it really helped us break the record for our fundraising.”

Harken were delighted to welcome a number of members from the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation who also helped to circulate the party, shaking donation boxes, resulting in a fantastic £1,100 raised for the foundation.

From everyone at Harken UK, we would like to thank all those who took the time to enjoy our Summer Party this year and we thank you for your amazing generosity in raising money for such a fantastic cause.

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation will be holding a global sailing race called 'Bart's Bash' on 21st September, aiming to join together sailors across the globe to set a Guinness World Record, raise money for charity and inspire the next generation; whilst remembering Andrew Simpson, the Gold and Silver Olympic medallist and America’s Cup sailor.


To find out more about the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation visit and to register for Bart’s Bash visit:

  • United States
  • Australia
  • France
  • Italia
  • New Zealand
  • Polska
  • Sverige
  • UK