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Tribute to Andrew 'Bart' Simpson

Judith Wilkinson


This morning we awoke to the devastating news that Andrew Simpson had tragically lost his life following a capsize of Artemis Racing’s AC72 during training for the upcoming 34th America’s Cup on Thursday afternoon in San Francisco.

Andrew affectionately known as 'Bart' was well known at North Sails and was a great friend to many including Charlie Cumbley, who sailed with him in the Finn squad as part of Team GBR and Paul Hobson who coached him during his time in the Finn class.

He was a double Olympic medallist for Great Britain, winning gold in 2008 and silver in 2012 sailing alongside Iain Percy in the Star class

All our thoughts go out to his wife and children, family and friends including his close friends Iain Percy and Ben Ainslie.

Rest in Peace Bart you will be greatly missed.