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  • His father used to take him sailing around the Dorset coast, where he caught the eye of UK national racing coach Jim Saltonstall.
  • Took Olympic gold in Star Class sailing after teaming up with childhood friend Iain Percy at the 2008 Beijing Games.
  • Was awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Years Honours.
  • Won gold at the 2010 Star World Championships in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Simpson's yacht capsized in San Francisco bay during training with the Swedishteam Artemis Racing for the 34th America's Cup.


  • Pangbourne College, Berkshire, England


  • Birth Name: Andrew James Simpson
  • Birth Place: Chertsey, Surrey, England
  • Died: May 9, 2013
  • Profession: Sailor

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