by Lindsey Bell
The RYA and British Sailing Team are devastated to confirm the death of Olympic gold and silver medallist Andrew Simpson after a training accident involving his Artemis Racing AC72 boat in San Francisco today.
Andrew Simpson, Star - 2008 Sail For Gold Ball, Hilton on Park Lane, London
Simpson became trapped underneath the boat and despite attempts to revive him, by doctors afloat and subsequently ashore, his life was lost.
John Derbyshire, RYA Performance Director:
'We’re devastated by the news from San Francisco today. Andrew is someone I’ve worked closely with since the age of 16 – he was a great talent, and a key figure in our World Class Programme over many years culminating in his well-deserved Olympic success. He was a huge inspiration to others, both within the British Sailing Team and across the nation and our deepest sympathies go out to his family at this terrible time.'
Stephen Park, RYA Olympic Manager:
'Andrew was a fantastic sailor who got the best out of everyone he sailed with. He was much loved and will be sorely missed by everyone in our close knit team. Our thoughts today are with Andrew's family.'
2008 Olympics - Star class - Medal race
Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Ian Percy (r) and Andrew Simpson (GBR), Star Gold medal winners.
Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy (helm) Silver medalists, 2012 Olympics