Initially starting in the Laser Andrew Simpson plugged away for many years behind Iain Percy and Ben Ainslie in the Finn.
But with Ainslie dominating, Simpson teamed up with Percy in 2007 in the Star class and the duo, lifelong best friends and former Lego-building partners, won World Championship bronze to suggest their fledgling partnership showed promise.
A year later Simpson and Percy won Olympic gold in the Star class at Beijing 2008 in a dramatic medal race in Qingdao and ‘Bart’ was awarded with an MBE. It was Percy’s second Olympic gold medal, having topped the podium in the Finn class, before Ainsile’s emergence, at Sydney 2000.
Simpson lists Ian Botham as his sporting hero and like his British teammate Paul Goodison, he played football as a youngster and is a big Tottenham Hotspur FC fan.