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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.



Andrew Simpson's funeral held in Dorset

The funeral is due to begin shortly of Dorset sailor Andrew Simpson, who died earlier this month, while in training for the Americas Cup in San Francisco.

Mr Simpson, known as "Bart" by friends, won a silver medal with crew mate Iain Percy at the London 2012 Olympics.

The pair took the gold in Beijing in 2008.

The funeral is due to be held in Sherborne Abbey in Dorset, in the town where Mr Simpson lived with his family.

America's Cup organisers ask teams to stop sailing in new catamarans

The organisers of the America's Cup have announced that all teams have been asked to suspend sailing following the death of the Dorset sailor, Andrew Simpson, last week. The America's Cup Review Committee made the decision at its first meeting last night.

The teams have been asked to suspend sailing in the AC72 and smaller AC45 catamarans until the middle of next week. The committee will meet with the teams in San Francisco, California later today.

America's Cup organisers set up panel of experts to review safety after Andrew Simpson's death

At a press conference in San Francisco the organisers of the America's Cup outlined the steps they plan to take following the death of the Olympic sailor, Andrew Simpson, from Selbourne in Dorset, last week.

The members of the Review Committee have relevant experience in the sport at its highest levels. Read their biographies here. Iain Murray, the Regatta Director, will chair and lead the Review Committee comprised of:

• Iain Murray (AUS, Chair)• Sally Lindsay Honey (USA, Deputy Chair)• John Craig (USA)• Chuck Hawley (USA)• Vincent Lauriot-Prévost (FRA)• Jim Farmer QC (NZL)

The U.S. Coast Guard has supported the committee's approach and has offered to assist as appropriate. Tom Ehman, the Vice Commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club (the America’s Cup Trustee), said:

“The Committee brings immense experience and expertise to this Review. At a meeting in San Francisco this morning, the teams expressed unanimous support for this Committee and this process.”

The Review Committee will report as soon as possible, given that racing starts in seven weeks.

Questions raised over the safety of the boat that capsized killing Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson

Olympic sailor, Andrew Simpson, with his wife Leah. It was her birthday on the day he died. Credit: PA Wire

The death of Dorset sailor, Andrew Simpson, in San Francisco on Thursday has raised questions over the £6.5 million AC72 boat he was sailing. The Artemis team has released this statement:

"Artemis Racing is in the process of conducting a thorough review and analysis of this week’s accident.

As a part of this review, Artemis Racing is sharing and exchanging data and information with concurrent work being performed by America’s Cup and the San Francisco Police Department."

Until this process is complete, any conclusions being made about the events that led to the boat’s capsizing and its tragic outcome are pure speculation.

Out of respect for Bart’s memory and his family, we ask that the broader sailing community and others reserve judgment until all the facts are known, and not persist in unnecessary rumour. We again thank everyone for their continued support and thoughts during this difficult time.

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