Published on May 31st, 2013 | by Editor
Andrew “Bart” Simpson, a British double Olympic medalist, died May 9, 2013 when the Artemis Racing AC72 catamaran capsized while training on San Francisco Bay. Simpson was one of the 11-man crew aboard. All other crewmembers were successfully rescued.
Artemis Racing is the Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup. Bart was 36 years old (born Dec 17, 1976).
Simpson was trapped underneath the boat and despite attempts to revive him, by doctors afloat and subsequently ashore, his life was lost. Officials believe he was trapped underwater for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Simpson and another sailor were brought ashore and taken to the St. Francis Yacht Club. CPR was performed on Simpson, but he was pronounced dead a short time later. Officials say the other person’s injuries were not life-threatening.
The 36-year-old Simpson had competed in the Olympics with Iain Percy, Artemis Racing Sailing Team Director and Tactician. In the Star (keelboat) event, the duo won gold at the 2008 Games and silver at the 2012 Games.
Bart’s service was held on May 31 in Sherborne Abbey, UK, and a sailing charity is being established for children in Andrew’s name. Donations can be made now through:
Lloyds TSB Bank
Account No: 00965801
IBAN: GB82 LOYD 3090 9200 9658 01
Account Name: Peter Jackson Funeral Services Charity
Video published on May 30, 2013.