Andrew Simpson was a gold and silver Olympic medallist, an America’s Cup professional and an all round fantastic man who was tragically killed in a training accident on San Francisco Bay in May 2013.
Andrew, or ‘Bart’ to his friends, was the person that everyone turned to for guidance, from beginners to people at the top of their game. Supporting the next generation was something he was extremely passionate about.
Founded by Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy OBE & Andrew’s wife Leah, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation will work to honour Andrew’s life and legacy by encouraging youngsters into sailing.
The organisers of ‘Bart’s Bash’ officially launched their bid to stage the largest sailing race in the world this morning with a 90 second film packed full with some of the greatest and most successful sailors to have sailed the seas. The film, ‘Alignment’, which had been trailed for days previously using the hashtag #thestarsarealigned was put together from start to finish within seven days and demonstrates the worldwide and far reaching support that this ambitious attempt has already attracted.
We have a logo winner!! After a lot of deliberation, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation trustees have settled on a design by Polly Durrant from Dorchester, Dorset. They felt it was simple, instantly recognisable, had international reach and included elements from the Star and Finn class logos – both areas that Andrew was closely linked to.
The Bart Project was set up in honour of the great daddy Andrew 'Bart' Simpson so that his sons, Freddie and Hamish, can feel closer to him as they grow.
The worldwide community who miss Andy are contributing visual media, anecdotes and memories and we hope this will continue for a long time - everyone can contribute, no matter how small or insignificant you think your contribution would be. This means you!