Andrew Simpson (sailor)

Andrew James “Bart” Simpson, MBE (17 December 1976 – 9 May 2013), was an English sailor who won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, as crew for skipper Iain Percy in the Star class representing Great Britain. Simpson died in the capsize of the catamaran he was crewing on 9 May 2013, while training for the America’s Cup in San Francisco Bay.[2]

British competitive sailor

Andrew Simpson
MBE
Personal information
Born (1976-12-17)17 December 1976
Chertsey, Surrey, England
Died 9 May 2013(2013-05-09) (aged 36)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight 104 kg (229 lb)
Sport
Sport Sailing
Club Hunters Hill Sailing Club, Woolwich[1]
Medal record
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
2008 Beijing Star
2012 London Star
World Championships
2010 Rio de Janeiro Star
2012 Hyères Star
2003 Cadiz Finn
2007 Cascais Star
European Championships
2001 Malcesine Finn
2009 Kiel Star
2007 Malcesine Star
Updated on 10 May 2013.

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Simpson and Iain Percy competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics

Simpson started his competitive sailing career in the Laser class, before switching to the heavier Finn class.[3][4] He claimed the bronze medal at the 2003 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cadiz in the Finn class; his training partner Ben Ainslie took the gold, with Great Britain topping the medal table.[5] He sailed with +39 Challenge in the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup.

Simpson then moved to the two-man Star class, partnering lifelong friend Iain Percy; they won a bronze medal at the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics.[3][6] The pair won the gold medal in Beijing in the Star class.[7] After winning the Olympic gold, Percy and Simpson took a break from Star sailing and were in the TeamORIGIN afterguard for the 2010 America’s Cup.[8] In 2010, he and Percy won the Star World Championships in Rio de Janeiro.[9]

Simpson and Percy made the podium in every meeting of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in 2012, including gold at the Hyeres French World Cup regatta.[10] They competed at the 2012 Olympic Games, again in the Star class, failing to defend their title despite being in the lead throughout the competition, but winning the silver medal.[11][12][13] After the Star class was removed from the Olympic sailing disciplines, Simpson turned his attention to the America’s Cup, moving to San Francisco to train in March 2013.[6] He was known for his athleticism, and for his attention to detail in preparing the boat to obtain the best possible performance.[13]

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