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.
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:
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Today marked the start of the annual Dartmouth Royal Regatta. The first event took place in 1822 and over the years it's become much more than yachting and boating, as Bob Cruwys reports.
The first event took place nearly 200 years ago.
Since then it has become much more than yachting and boating:
Three young people from Dorset who were unemployed now have a brighter future after completing an intensive sailing course and getting jobs at the end of it.
The course was run at the Sailing Academy alongside the Job Centre with the aim of finding the sailors of tomorrow.
Two West Country sailors have crossed the finish line in the Fastnet, one of the world's toughest races.
Henry Bomby from Kingswear and his sailing partner arrived in Plymouth on Thursday morning.
Their boat Rockfish came in sixth after more than 600 miles of racing.
Sam Goodchild from Falmouth, who was competing in a team of five, finished eighth in his class on Wednesday night.
West Country offshore sailors Sam Goodchild and Henry Bomby have retained strong positions in their respective boat classes in the 45th Fastnet Race.
Goodchild is in 7th place in the Class 40 fleet, with 60 miles to go in his boat 11th Hour Racing, while Henry Bomby is in 5th place in the Figaro Class with less than 130 miles to go before the Plymouth finish line.
An overall winner of The Fastnet Challenge Cup trophy will be presented this Friday night in Plymouth.
Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard, co-skippers of Spindrift 2, a VPLP 131 Trimaran racing in the Multihull Division, crossed the finish line of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race at the Plymouth Breakwater at 02.53.58 this morning (Tuesday 13 August) after an elapsed time of 38hrs 53m 58s.
One of the world's toughest yacht races is underway.
The Fastnet began off the Isle of Wight this lunchtime and two West Country sailors are taking part. Sam Goodchild from Falmouth is racing with a team of five while Henry Bomby from Kingswear is part of a pair.
They should arrive at the finish in Plymouth on Wednesday or Thursday.
Here's some video of the start, and our westcountry hopefuls.
It's one of the most challenging races in the sailing calendar and in four days time, nearly 400 yachts will be racing along the south coast to the south west tip of Ireland and back to finish in Plymouth.
The Fastnet Race attracts the world's finest professional and amateur sailors. A total of 3,500 crew will take part. Richard Lawrence has been to meet two ambitious young sailors from the West Country.