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Artemis Racing's Andrew Simpson dies in training accident


'Andrew Simpson, Star - 2008 Sail For Gold Ball, Hilton on Park Lane, London'    RYA    Click Here to view large photo

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.

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.'

Simpson and Percy win the Gold Medal 2008 Olympics - Star class -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo



Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Ian Percy (r) and Andrew Simpson (GBR), Star gold medallists. -  Guy Nowell ©   Click Here to view large photo



Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy (helm) Silver medalists, 2012 Olympics -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo


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