After the tragic death of Olympic gold medalist Andrew 'Bart' Simpson whilst out training for the 34th Americas Cup in May The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation are pleased to announce The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation has officially launched.
Supporting the next generation was something Andrew Simpson was extremely passionate about. Founded by Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy OBE and Andrew’s wife Leah the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation will work to honour Andrew’s life and legacy by encouraging youngsters into sailing and to enjoy the water as much as he did.
At grassroots level it will encourage children to visit their local sailing clubs and ‘give it a try’ by providing equipment and coaching, with support from Olympic medalist regional mentors.
The Foundation will support deserving children from their first experiences on the water. Through a mentoring programme with some of the world’s best sailors, the children will eventually be competing at major international events as members of the 'Bart' squad. Through their sailing experiences the charity will help to develop their life skills, but importantly it will also assist the children into employment in the sailing community through apprenticeships with partners including sail makers, boat builders and other marine companies. Starting with a test close to Andrew’s home town in Dorset, the program will grow to other areas of the UK and worldwide.
There has been a great deal of hard work from many of Andrews friends and family to get this charity up and sailing and the Trustees would like to thank everyone that has helped achieve this fantastic achievement.
The website can be found at www.andrewsimpsonsailing.org