Remembering Bart - Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre Opens

One year ago, Andrew 'Bart' Simpson died during a training accident on San Francisco Bay.

He left behind countless friends and admirers as well as a loving family.

His legacy is the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF), which officially opened the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre today at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) with an emotional ceremony attended by Andrew’s family and friends, WPNSA Chief Executive Peter Allam and many other representatives of the British sailing community.

The ribbon was cut by Andrew’s sons Hamish and Freddie, who were joined by Sir Ben Ainslie, Paul Goodison MBE and Iain Percy OBE.

“On behalf of the trustees of the Foundation, we’re really overwhelmed by the turnout today from friends and colleagues who knew Andrew. It was a tough decision to launch the centre on the 9th May, being a year today that we lost the great man, but we felt that is was another great opportunity to celebrate him. Not a time to reflect and be sad, but a chance to continue the great things that he did in his life,” said Iain Percy OBE.

“Today is a very poignant day, but also a really exciting one to be opening the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre,” said Sir Ben Ainslie. “I would like to say a huge thanks to the Trustees of the Foundation, for the all the efforts they have put in over the last 12 months, especially Leah and Iain for their vision and leadership to get us to this point; and all the volunteers that have helped us. We are starting our activity, including subsidising sailing sessions for children, on a local level, but want to partner with clubs from around the country with similar objectives; and ultimately do that on a global scale. It’s fantastic to see what has been achieved in such a short space of time; and I’m sure the great man would be very proud.”

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