Sir Ben Ainslie & Iain Percy OBE join
Alec Wilkinson to launch new foundation
The first Andrew Simpson Foundation sailing school
Alec Wilkinson joined Olympic champions Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy OBE to launch the first Andrew Simpson Foundation sailing school at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy – host venue of London2012. The ceremony took place exactly a year since sailor Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson tragically lost his life in an America’s Cup training accident on San Francisco Bay.
The aim of the Foundation is to help introduce young people to sailing and help them develop both as sportsmen and people. The launch of this new RYA accredited centre is the first big step to a national and international vision.
“It was a poignant day but one filled with hope for the future. Bart was known for always giving his time to young, up-coming sailors so the work of the foundation is a fitting tribute. This may well be the place where the next generation of Olympic sailors will grow and develop. These youngsters may one day be the new Ben Ainslies or Iain Percys” said Alec.