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.
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
Tributes have been paid to the Dorset-based Olympian Andrew Simpson who's died after his catamaran capsized off the coast of California. The 36 year old, who lived in Sherborne, was training on the Artemis - Sweden's entry in the America's cup - when it overturned.