Andrew Simpson funeral to be held at Sherborne Abbey

Andrew Simpson Andrew 'Bart' Simpson lived in Sherborne, Dorset with his wife and two children

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The funeral of Olympic sailing champion Andrew Simpson will be held in his home town, the Royal Yachting Association has confirmed.

A service at Sherborne Abbey in Dorset on 31 May will be followed by a reception at the town's castle.

The 36-year-old 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medallist died when his catamaran flipped over during training for the America's Cup in San Francisco Bay.

Nicknamed Bart, he lived in Sherborne with his wife and two children.

At last year's London Olympics, Simpson won silver in the Star class alongside partner Iain Percy.

He was one of 11 people onboard the Artemis Racing AC72 catamaran when he became trapped underneath on 9 May.

America's Cup organisers confirmed this year's San Francisco event would go ahead as planned in September.

An independent safety review has been commissioned alongside a police inquiry.

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