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Inquest due to start for Dorset sailor

Andrew Simpson, on the right, seen here with his sailing partner Iain Percy at the London 2012 Olympics Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

An inquest is due to open today into the death of Dorset sailor Andrew Simpson, who died during training for the America's Cup a year ago. The Olympic gold medallist became trapped under the hull of his catamaran off San Francisco.

A new sailing academy set up in honour of Andrew - known as Bart - was officially opened by his young sons earlier this month.


Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre officially opens

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre has officially opened in Weymouth today.

It was launched at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, with close friends Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy OBE along with Paul Godison and Andrew's children cutting the red ribbon.

Sir Ben Ainslie cuts the ribbon with Iain Percy, Paul Godison and Andrew Simpson's children Credit: onEdition

The centre hopes to deliver sailing tuition right through to advanced race coaching for all age groups.

Ben Ainslie said, "Today is a very poignant day, but also a really exciting one to be opening the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre. It's fantastic to see what has been achieved in such a short space of time: and I'm sure the great man would be very proud."

Sir Ben Ainslie on site at the newly opened Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre Credit: onEdition

New sailing club to open in honour of Andrew Simpson

A new sailing academy set up in honour of Andrew Simpson, the Olympic gold medalist who died whilst training for the America's Cup, will officially open today. The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, based in his home county of Dorset, will act as a hub for the centre.

The new centre, based in Andrew's home county of Dorset, will be called the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre Credit: PA

The 36-year-old from Sherborne died while training in San Francisco Bay in May 2013. The centre is due to open in May.

Amanda Simpson, Andrew's sister and a Trustee of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation commented "This is a fantastic opportunity for ASSF to engage with grass roots sailing in a place where Andrew spent much of his youth and adult sailing life.

"We look forward to working with local and national communities to make this venture a huge success."

Sailing event 'Bart's Bash' in honour of Andrew Simpson

The race is in honour of the sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson Credit: PA

Plans to host a large-scale sailing event in tribute to Dorset sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson has been unveiled today.

The event has been named 'Bart's Bash' in honour of the olympic sailor who died in May while training for the America's Cup.

The race is due to coincide with what would have been Simpson's 37th birthday on 21st September 2014.

REPORT: Sailing says goodbye to Olympic hero

The world of sailing said goodbye to one of its biggest stars today as the funeral of Olympic Gold medalist Andrew Simpson was held in his home town of Sherborne in Dorset.

Andrew's family were joined by hundreds of mourners, including Sir Ben Ainslie and sailing partner Iain Percy.

The 36-year-old who had two children died during training for the America's Cup in San Francisco Bay earlier this month.

It was announced at his funeral that a children's sailing charity will be set-up in his memory. Sally Simmonds reports and speaks to Sir Ben Ainslie, Olympic silver medalist Luke Patience and Stephen Park, RYA Olympic Manager.


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