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Funeral of Olympic sailor due to take place in Dorset

Olympic gold medallist Andrew "Bart" Simpson Credit: PA

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.

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Tribute to Olympian from fellow Dorset Medallist

Olympic shooting champion Peter Wilson has paid tribute to his friend and fellow Sherborne resident Andrew Simpson.

The 2012 gold medal winner expressed his shock at the tragedy which claimed the life of his British team mate.

36 year old Simpson died after his yacht capsized during training for the America's Cup race in San Fransisco Bay, California.

In an exclusive interview with ITV News, Wilson recounts meeting Simpson at a local supermarket shortly before he departed for the States:

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London 2012 executive pulls out of honours ceremony

A yachting boss and senior London 2012 executive has pulled out of an honours ceremony at Buckingham Palace today following the death of Olympic gold medal-winning sailor Andrew Simpson.

Sir Keith Mills, the deputy chairman of Locog (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) was due to be made a Knight Grand Cross - the highest grade of knighthood.

A London 2012 spokesman said: "We are all deeply saddened by the news of Andrew's death and, as a result of this tragic accident, Sir Keith will no longer be attending his investiture at Buckingham Palace today."

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