The organisers of the America's Cup have confirmed this year's event will go ahead despite the death of Olympian Andrew Simpson.
Alex Thomson has become the third British skipper ever to finish on the podium of the Vendee Globe.
The man who designed 'Sail Rocket' - now the world's fastest boat after breaking the record, says a decade-long dream has now come true.
Members of the sailing community have paid tribute to Andrew Simpson today.
The British Sonar Sailing Team describing him as "a true sailing legend".
Devastated by the news from Artemis racing... Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bart's family and team, a true sailing legend...From @BritishSonar on Twitter:
A tremendously sad day for the sport of sailing. Our thoughts are with the family of Olympic Champion Andrew Simpson, and Artemis Racing.From @USSailingTeam on Twitter:
This is terrible. Andrew "Bart" Simpson was one of the nicest guys in sailing. My thoughts are with his family. RIP.From @Williams_Racing on Twitter:
Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing, said at a press conference: "We obviously had a tragic day today on the bay. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew Simpson's family - his wife and kids, and also with the rest of the team mates. It was a shocking experience to go through."
Simpson, 36, won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver in last year's Games in London, both in the Star class. Born in Chertsey, Surrey, he started sailing at the age of six with his father in Christchurch, Dorset, according to Tyler Sports Management.
Nicknamed Bart, he was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year Honours list.A Foreign Office spokesman said it was aware of reports of the death of a British citizen and had contacted its counterparts in the United States.
Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, 36, won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver in last year's Games in London, both in the Star class.
Born in Chertsey, Surrey, he started sailing at the age of six with his father in Christchurch, Dorset, according to Tyler Sports Management.
Nicknamed Bart, he was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year Honours list.
A Foreign Office spokesman said it was aware of reports of the death of a British citizen and had contacted its counterparts in the United States.
So sad to hear that it was Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, who very tragically died today on the AC72 - one of UK's best ever sailors - a huge loss.From @briansailing on Twitter:
Very sad news about Andrew Simpson - my thoughts are with his friends and family. The Sailing Town of Weymouth are thinking of you xFrom @SeritaShone on Twitter:
Devastated that Andrew Simpson died when Artemis capsized today. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friendsFrom @AlexThomson99 on Twitter:
Double Olympic sailing champion Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, 36, had been sailing on the Artemis, Sweden's entry in the America's Cup, when the catamaran capsized, according to a statement for the team posted on the Artemis racing website.
Andrew Simpson, from Sherborne in Dorset, was apparently trapped underneath the huge Artemis catamaran after it capsized during the training sail off San Francisco. The Artemis Racing Team has posted this statement on its website following the tragedy.
“The entire Artemis Racing team is devastated by what happened,” said CEO Paul Cayard. “Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew’s wife and family.”
"It is with immense sadness that Artemis Racing confirms the tragic death of crewmember Andrew “Bart” Simpson today in San Francisco."
Simpson, was one of the 11-man crew aboard Artemis Racing’s AC72 catamaran. All other crew members are accounted for.
The organisers of the America's Cup in San Francisco have confirmed the death of the Dorset sailor on their website. A short messsage states "It is with immense sadness that Artemis Racing confirms the tragic death of crewmember Andrew “Bart” Simpson today in San Francisco."
Andrew Simpson, a British gold medal winning sailor, from Sherborne in Dorset, has died after an America's Cup super-catamaran capsized during training in San Francisco Bay, California. He was part of the crew on the Artemis team's boat, their website announced his death a short time ago.