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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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Ainslie launches sailing foundation in memory of friend

The Cornish sailor Ben Ainslie has helped launch a new sailing foundation in memory of his fellow Olympian Andrew Simpson, on the first anniversary of his death.

The four-time Olympic gold medallist joined friends and family of Andrew at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy. Sally Simmonds reports.

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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

Post mortem into Andrew Simpsons death

A post mortem report has revealed that the Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson from Sherborne in Dorset died from blunt trauma with drowning.

Mr Simpson won a silver medal at the Olympics last year.

He was killed while training for the America's Cup in San Francisco in May.

The city's Chief Medical Examiner found extensive bruises to his head and neck.

The boat he was on broke in two and capsized. He was trapped beneath the wreckage.

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The launch of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation

Olympic gold medal-winning sailor Andrew Simpson Credit: PA

A foundation set up memory of a British sailor who died when a catamaran he was on capsized, is being launched today. Olympic gold medalist Andrew Simpson from Sherborne in Dorset was training for the Americas Cup in May in San Francisco Bay when the accident happened.

Founded by Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy OBE and Andrew’s wife Leah the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation will work to honour Andrew’s life and legacy by encouraging youngsters into sailing and to enjoy the water as much as he did.

At grassroots level it will encourage children to visit their local sailing clubs and ‘give it a try’ by providing equipment and coaching, with support from Olympic medalist regional mentors.

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Full report: Andrew Simpson funeral

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.

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Crowds line streets for Olympic Sailor's funeral cortege

The funeral of Olympic sailing champion Andrew Simpson is taking place in his home town in Dorset.

The 36-year-old died after his yacht capsized off the Californian coast earlier this month.

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

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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
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