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. The pair returned four years later at London 2012, winning silver in the home waters of Weymouth.
Andrew tragically died in May of the following year after an accident in San Francisco Bay during America's Cup training with the Swedish Artemis Racing team.