The Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre is to open in May  (©GettyImages)
The Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre is to open in May (©GettyImages).

Sailing centre to be set up in memory of British Olympian

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A sailing centre has been set up in memory of Olympic-medal winning sailor Andrew Simpson in his home county of Dorset.

The sailing school has been formed at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing academy to honour the 36-year-old who passed away when a yacht capsized during training for the America's Cup last year.

The centre has been set up by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation which was created by Simpson's Widow Leah and his sister Amanda alongside fellow sailors Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy to inspire and support youth sailing.

The academy was the base for the London 2012 Olympic Games where Simpson was part of Team GB who won one gold and four silver medals in the sailing competitions. 

Amanda Simpson, Andrew's sister and a Trustee of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for ASSF to engage with grass roots sailing in a place where Andrew spent much of his youth and adult sailing life. We look forward to working with local and national communities to make this venture a huge success."

Fellow Trustee Sir Ben Ainslie said: "Reflecting the Foundation's objective to inspire the next generation through sailing, the Centre will be a place where we can inspire Andrew's drive and determination through delivering everything from taster courses to longer term development and mentoring."

The world class sailing centre will open in May of this year and will enable the ASSF to meet all of its charitable objectives. 

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