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Inquest into sailor's death begins today

Inquest into death of Andrew Simpson, who died in a sailing accident last year

The inquest is taking place into the death of Olympic gold medallist Andrew Simpson from Dorset.

The sailor, known as Bart, drowned while training for the America's Cup in San Francisco Bay last year.

A foundation has been established in his name to encourage young sailors and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation was opened, with the help of his young sons, on Portland earlier this month.

Simpson Centre being opened earlier this month with the help of Andrew Simpson's two sons Credit: ITV

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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

Full report: Andrew Simpson funeral

by Duncan Sleightholme

The funeral has taken place of the Olympic Gold medal-winning sailor Andrew Simpson. Some of the best known names in the sport were there to pay tribute to him - among them Sir Ben Ainslie.

Nicknamed 'Bart', Andrew Simpson lived in Sherborne in Dorset with his wife and two children. He drowned when a catamaran he was racing in California capsized earlier this month.

Sir Ben Ainslie leads tributes for Andrew Simpson

We are all devastated by Andrew's loss and it has been a very difficult period for all of us as we come to terms with his passing. The fact that so many people have come here from all over the world speaks volumes of the kind of person Bart was. This is a fitting tribute to the person who gave so much."

– Sir Ben Ainslie, Olympic Sailor and friend

As many people have told me in the last few weeks Andy has accomplished more in his 36 years than most people do in their lifetime. We have been deeply moved by all the beautiful tributes received during this immensely sad time. Andrew's presence will be greatly missed by our whole family and we look forward to setting up the charity to carry on inspiring grassroots sailing in Andrew's memory."

– Andrew Simpson's sister Amanda

Sir Ben was a pallbearer at the funeral, along with sailing greats Nick Harrison, Chris Brittle, Paul Goodison MBE, Anthony Nossiter, and Iain Percy OBE, Simpson's sailing partner, best friend and best man at his wedding.

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Andrew's hometown to be dressed with bunting

Sherborne has been dressed with red, white and blue bunting as it bids farewell to one of its greatest sporting heroes.

I am so extremely proud of all his achievements. As many people have told me in the last few weeks Andy has accomplished more in his 36 years than most people do in their lifetime. We have been deeply moved by all the beautiful tributes received during this immensely sad time."

– Andrew Simpson's sister Amanda

His numerous achievements are a credit to the extraordinary effort which he dedicated to his sport. Andrew will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends today."

– Jan Paterson, Deputy Chef de Mission at London 2012, British Olympic Association

Funeral of Olympic sailor due to take place in Dorset

Olympic gold medallist Andrew "Bart" Simpson

The funeral of Olympic sailing champion Andrew Simpson will take place in his home town in Dorset today.

The 36-year-old died after his yacht capsized off the Californian coast earlier this month. He was training for the America's Cup.

A service at Sherborne Abbey will be followed by a celebration of Andrew's life at the town's castle.

America's Cup to go ahead

The America's Cup will go ahead this year despite the death of the Dorset based Olympian Andrew Simpson.

The 36-year-old sailor died after being trapped under water when his Artemis yacht capsized and broke up last Thursday.

Race organisers announced on Wednesday they had appointed a review committee to look into the tragedy.

The 34th America's Cup is set to begin on September the 7th in San Francisco Bay.

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