British Olympic champion sailor drowns during America’s Cup training

National Post | Sports

SAN FRANCISCO — Andrew “Bart” Simpson had already garnered an Olympic gold medal in sailing in 2008 and a silver at last year’s games when Artemis Racing came calling with a chance to win yachting’s top prize — the America’s Cup.

“Moving the family to San Fran for 6 months is pretty hectic!!!,” Simpson tweeted in March. “The cup should be fun though!!”

The entire Artemis team is devastated by what happened. Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew’s wife and family

On Thursday, the British sailor drowned when Artemis’ catamaran capsized and trapped him underwater for more than 10 minutes while training in San Francisco Bay.

Simpson, 36, served as the Swedish team’s strategist.

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

Cayard didn’t take questions during a brief…

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