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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

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

Young sailors aim for victory after weather delay

Yacht Credit: ITV News West Country

A Falmouth sailor will be setting off later today in his quest to win the Transat Jacques Vabre race. Sam Goodchild will leave Le Harve after lunch after his transatlantic race to Costa Rica was delayed.

The 23 year old and his co-sailor Ned Collier Wakefield are the youngest crew in the world class fleet with a combined age of just 48.

World's fastest sailor gives some speedy advice

The world's fastest sailor has been on Portland today, sharing ideas about how to go as quickly as possible on water, powered only by the wind. Paul Larsen holds the world record after sailing at more then 75 mph.

He called in to Weymouth Speed Week where windsurfers and sailors are hoping to go even faster. Our Dorset correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports.

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Strange craft compete in Speed Week

One of the stranger craft competing in Speed Week off Portland Credit: ITV News West Country

Strange sailing boats and windsurfers are hoping to sail as fast as possible off Portland during the annual Speed Week.

The sailing world speed record holder Paul Larsen is there today.

The competition, which has been running since the 1970s, sees sailors go as fast as they can across 500m of Portland Harbour.

Sailor Sam helping youngsters

Falmouth sailor Sam Goodchild is in Plymouth this morning to try and attract more young people to get involved in sailing.

The 23 year old will be taking children from the Horizons Sailing Charity out onto the water at Mayflower Marina later today.

It's part of a new initiative set up with Plymouth University and Destination Plymouth.

Sam Goodchild Credit: ITV News West Country
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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.

PICTURES: A day at Dartmouth Regatta

Our reporter Bob Cruwys has spent the day at Dartmouth Royal Regatta, looking at all the organisation behind such a popular event, with so many boats, competitors and tourists involved.

He took a few photos along the way:

HMS Chiddingfold sweeps into Dartmouth to take on her role as guardship for the Royal Regatta Credit: ITV News West Country
Navigating the River Dart is no problem for the crew of the Royal Navy mine hunter Credit: ITV News West Country
The landscape around the River Dart provides an amazing setting for the regatta Credit: ITV News West Country
The crew stand to attention as they arrive at the Devon port Credit: ITV News West Country
The picturesque port plays host to the regatta every year - it runs until Saturday Credit: ITV News West Country
One of the local inhabitants - Nik-Nik the resident dolphin - also turned up to join in the fun Credit: ITV News West Country

If you'd like to share your photos of Dartmouth Royal Regatta - we'd love to see them.

You can email them to westcountry@itv.com

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