Sailor Simpson Remembered at Service

Artemis Racing, 3 November 2012, Alameda, USA

Team Artemis, based at Alameda Point, said it held a private ceremony to commemorate the memory of teammate Andrew “Bart” Simpson, who died on May 9 during a practice session when the team’s AC72 catamaran capsized on the Bay.

After eight bells this morning (May 16), a wreath was cast upon the water by representatives of the four teams of the 34th America’s Cup, according to Team Artemis.

Simpson was a British double-Olympic-gold sailing medalist.

“The entire Artemis Racing team is devastated by what happened,” said CEO Paul Cayard, in a statement. “Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew’s wife and family.”

“Our thoughts are with Andrew’s family, who suffered a tragic loss yesterday—of a son, a father, and a husband. As our friend and teammate, Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson was central to Artemis Racing, both in the course of racing and our lives. His presence and personality was a binding force and he will be missed,” added Torbjörn Törnqvist, chairman of Artemis Racing, in a separate statement.

Team Artemis of Sweden says it is conducting a “thorough analysis and review” of the accident. It is one of two America’s Cup teams based at Alameda Point, along with Luna Rossa of Italy.

A banner with photos of Simpson is posted on a fence near the team’s operations at Alameda Point, along with several bouquets of flowers. It reads: “Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, you will be missed!”

Janet Levaux