San Francisco – Today marks the two year anniversary of the loss of our great friend and team mate Andrew “Bart” Simpson. Artemis Racing held a small private ceremony this morning out on the Great Sound in Bermuda, and were joined by members of Oracle Team USA. A wreath was laid on the race course of the 35th America’s Cup, and a minute silence was held to remember the great man.
The last time Andrew was on the island he left a lasting legacy, spending time and inspiring young sailors during the 2008 Argo Group Gold Cup, shortly after winning Olympic gold in the star class at the Beijing Olympics. In his memory, Artemis Racing team members will visit Royal Bermuda Yacht Club later this afternoon to give a talk to the junior section of the club, carrying on where he left off.
We hope that everyone takes a moment to remember Bart in their own way – a loving husband and father, a fierce competitor, and a friend to all who knew him.
Andrew “Bart” Simpson
Andrew Simpson MBE was a gold and silver Olympic medallist, and America’s Cup professional; who lost his life in a training accident on San Francisco Bay in May 2013. He was survived by his wife Leah and two boys.
Andrew, or ‘Bart’ to his friends, was the person that so many turned to for guidance. Supporting the next generation of sailors was something he was extremely passionate about, and in 2013, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation was founded to continue his legacy.
For more information on the charity please visit www.andrewsimpsonsailing.co.uk
Andrew’s career highlights:
2013 – 34th America’s Cup, San Francisco
2012 – Olympic Games, Star, Silver
2010 – Star World Championships, Gold
2008 – Olympic Games, Star, Gold
2007 – Star World Championships, Bronze
2007 – 32nd America’s Cup, Valencia
2003 – ISAF World Championships, Finn, Bronze