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10 May 2013, 09:30 am
Tragic Loss Of Olympic And America's Cup Sailor Andrew Simpson
Andrew Simpson
Andrew Simpson

America's Cup

It is with that sadness that on 9 May 2013 Artemis Racing confirmed the tragic death of crewmember Andrew Simpson in San Francisco, USA.
Simpson, aged 36, was one of the 11-man crew aboard Artemis Racing's AC72 catamaran which capsized during training on San Francisco Bay ahead of this summer's America's Cup.

All other crewmembers are accounted for.

Simpson, however, was trapped underneath the boat and despite attempts to revive him, by doctors afloat and subsequently ashore, his life was lost.

"The entire Artemis Racing team is devastated by what happened," said CEO Paul Cayard. "Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew's wife and family."

Carlo Croce, President of the International Sailing Federation said, "ISAF would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Andrew Simpson's wife, family and the Artemis Racing Team.

"A fine yachtsman, wonderful man and ambassador for the sport of sailing, Andrew will be deeply missed by those who knew him personally and those he inspired."


Simpson caught the sailing bug aged 6 and began his sailing career in Laser in 1994. Simpson moved to the Finn class in 2000 and won bronze at the 2003 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cadiz, Spain.

Simpson teamed up with Iain Percy to sail the Star class in 2007 and success was immediate with a bronze medal at the ISAF Worlds in Cascais, Portugal. One year later they claimed Olympic gold at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition.

World Championship success followed in 2010 with a Star Worlds gold in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

On their home waters at London 2012 they came away with silver before attentions turned to the America's Cup with Artemis Racing.

Simpson joined Artemis Racing in February 2013 teaming back up lifelong friend and Artemis Sailing Director Iain Percy.

ISAF would like to extend our sympathy to his wife, family and to Artemis Racing.
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