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Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation auction

On line bidding now open

Wednesday October 9th 2013, Author: James Boyd, Location: Bermuda

The Andrew Simpson Gold Cup Benefit is set to take place in Bermuda at during Argo Group Gold Cup this Thursday, 10 October from 7:00 to 10:00 PM in the company of sailing stars from the America’s Cup and the Argo Group Gold Cup.

The aim of the evening is to honour Bart’s life and raise funds for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, which was established after the double Olympic medallist's death in San Francisco earlier this year - more about the Foundation here.

The Ben Ainslie Racing Team (BART), comprising of the same crew that competed in the 2008 Argo Group Gold Cup when Andrew Simpson was in Bermuda as coach and team advisor, has returned to Bermuda to focus attention on the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation in memory of their late friend and fellow sailor.

Founded by Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy OBE and Andrew’s wife Leah, the Foundation will work to honour Andrew’s life and legacy by encouraging youngsters into sailing. At grassroots level it will encourage children to visit their local sailing clubs and ‘give it a try’ by providing equipment and coaching, with support from Olympic medallist Regional Mentors.

The Foundation’s auction is now live here and bids can be placed on some fantastic auction lots available at the Andrew Simpson Gold Cup Benefit. The lots range from luxury accessories to signed sailing paraphernalia and from premium accommodation at highly sought after holiday destinations to VIP hospitality tickets for a variety of sporting events.

Auction items include a Corum Admiral’s Cup Tides 48 Watch, a Lapis Lazuli Bead Bracelet from Garrad’s Nautical Collection, Sir Ben Ainslie’s Team GB London 2012 Olympic Sailing Jacket and Oracle Team USA memorabilia signed by members of the winning America’s Cup team. Also available to bid on is an Optimist sail signed by all the members of the Ben Ainslie Racing Team (BART) Agro Gold Cup Crew.

Jetsetters can bid on two nights stay at the Royal Ocean Racing Club in London or three nights at The Cary Arms located on the English Riviera in Devon. There are a number of auction lots that will appeal to sports enthusiasts, including two Argo Group hospitality tickets to the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, two J.P. Morgan VIP tickets to the New York Jets for an American football experience and two VIP basketball tickets to see the San Antonio Spurs plus two nights stay in a luxury hotel.

Place your bids online by visiting the auction website here.

Those attending the Andrew Simpson Gold Cup Benefit and Auction in person (entry is strictly by ticket only) will be able to place bids for the silent auction using the special auction keypads at the event to view the lots and make a bid.

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