It is with immense sadness that Artemis Racing confirms the tragic death of crewmember Andrew “Bart” Simpson Thursday in San Francisco. The Swedish AC72, Artemis Racing capsized while practicing for this summer's America's Cup races.
Simpson was trapped underneath the boat and despite attempts to revive him, by doctors afloat and subsequently ashore, his life was lost.
Simpson was a recent addition to the Artemis crew, joining his Olympic Star helm, Iain Percy. The pair won gold at the 2008 Olympic Games and silver at the recent London Games. He was appointed an MBE in 2009 for his services to sport.
“The entire Artemis Racing team is devastated by what happened,” said CEO Paul Cayard. “Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew’s wife and family.”
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."
Andrew Simpson was born in Chertsey, Surrey, and attended Pangbourne College in Berkshire before studying economics at University College London. He was married to Leah Simpson and had an infant son, Freddie.
9 May 2013 23:25 GMT