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Andrew 'Bart' Simpson funeral

Family, friends and fellow sporting champions have gathered today in a final farewell to Olympic sailing gold medallist Andrew 'Bart' Simpson.

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Ainslie and crew pay tribute to Simpson with record

Sir Ben Ainslie and his crew have paid further tribute to close friend Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, a day after attending his funeral, as they set a new record in a race around the Isle of Wight.

Sir Ben Ainslie (second left) and crew celebrate victory in the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The group wore black armbands and a ribbon motif with Simpson's name on their back during the Round The Island Race.

The crew broke out the champagne after smashing the race record by 16 minutes. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Simpson, a double Olympic medal winning sailor, tragically died when his Artemis America's Cup catamaran capsized and broke up in a training accident in San Francisco.

The race was the first time Sir Ben had raced on home waters since he claimed his fourth Olympic gold in Weymouth last year. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

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