Sherborne has been dressed with red, white and blue bunting as it bids farewell to one of its greatest sporting heroes.
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.
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.
The Revd Canon ERIC WOODS, Vicar of Sherborne has paid tribute to Andrew Simpson and says the thoughts of the community are with his family.
Books of condolence will be opened at Sherborne Abbey so that people can pay their respects.
John Tweed is the Chief Executive of the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy:
Olympic Sailor Lucy MacGregor from Dorset spoke to ITV News West Country:
ITV News West Country Reporter Martin Dowse spoke to John Tweed, Chief Executive of the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy:
The community of Sherborne in Dorset will be able to pay their respects to Andrew Simpson, who has been killed in an accident in America.
A Book of Condolence will be opened in the town on Friday.
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: