Andrew Simpson Foundation : The Sailing Charity

Tuesday, 01 August 2017



Written/issued by:

Peta Stuart-Hunt

Communications & Media Manager

Andrew Simpson Foundation

Mob: +44 (0) 7711 477707


Andrew Simpson Foundation : The Sailing Charity


Iain Percy OBE joins the FUNdraising party on Charity Day 

Lendy Cowes Week

Today the Lendy Cowes Week spotlight shone brightly on the Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF) with the day being officially designated Charity Day and with Founding Trustee and America's Cup sailor Iain Percy OBE in Cowes to fly the FUNdraising flag.

Welcome to the Andrew Simpson Foundation, the official charity of Lendy Cowes Week based on Cowes Parade and FUNdraising throughout town all week.



The ASF is delighted to have been selected as the official charity in this first year of Lendy's title sponsorship and has been setting out to practically demonstrate just what a difference it can make to the lives of young people across a whole range of charitable activities being delivered during Lendy Cowes Week, afloat and ashore.


Iain Percy was honoured to be invited by Lendy Cowes Week and the Royal Yacht Squadron to fire the start gun for Cowes Bash and the first race of the day.  As a reminder of why the Foundation was formed and in a nod to the global fundraiser 'Bart's Bash', results from all fleets were pooled to find an overall winner for the day.  Congratulations go to the winner of Cowes Bash, just confirmed as Sam Cox on Nifty, a King 40, who picks up a free entry into next year's Lendy Cowes Week plus a range of Chatham Shoes for the crew and some Musto kit.


A supporter of the Andrew SImpson Foundation, Sir Keith Mills, visited the ASF Stand on Cowes Parade on Charity Day at Lendy Cowes Week to take on the Founding Trustee Iain Percy OBE at the Sunsail Gutterboat Racing. Iain won!



Discover Sailing supported by Lendy

In between a host of media interviews and photo calls Iain enjoyed meeting young sailors signed up to one of the ASF's primary initiatives running this week, Discover Sailing supported by Lendy, a series of daily one hour taster sessions to introduce 8-14 year olds to the delights and challenges of sailing. The ASF Discover Sailing Programme ensures there are no financial barriers to entry into the sport. To date the Andrew Simpson Foundation has introduced 5,600 young people to sailing.

Skills development to the fore

Iain also met the team from chronyko who have been working closely with the Foundation to develop the Six Pillars of Wisdom that dominate Cowes Parade; a series of puzzles that have received a great level of interest from spectators of all ages and caused some head-scratching moments. There are strong parallels between the approach of the two organisations and their belief in the importance of skills development. Whether the delivery of that skills development is through chronyko's immersive training events or the ASF's many sailing programmes, it is backed by a set of shared values.

Everyone was having fun and learning new skills on board the Class 40 racing yacht Fortissimo with the team from chronyko and Richard and Iain Percy. Image:


There was more fun to be had when Iain took on his brother Richard who is the CEO of the Foundation and ASF supporter Sir Keith Mills, in the Sunsail Gutterboat Racing Challenge. Iain also raced Olympic Silver medallist and the 'Face of the Foundation' at the regatta, Mark Covell, who went on to host the Foundation's 'Big Bash' party on the main stage in Cowes Yacht Haven; a great big wonderful party with fabulous prizes, on-stage entertainment, putting the FUN into FUNdraising! Remember to text your donations to BART17 £5 to 70070.


Remember to LIKE and request notification from the Foundation's Facebook page for daily activities and to follow all the action as it unfolds on social media:




Andrew Simpson Foundation Media Enquiries/Images/Interview requests:


Amy Harvey

Communications & Media Coordinator

Andrew Simpson Foundation

Mob: +44 (0) 7554 968968


Peta Stuart-Hunt

Communications & Media Manager

Andrew Simpson Foundation

Mob: +44 (0) 7711 477707

Andrew Simpson Foundation

The registered charity 'Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation' now also referred to as the 'Andrew Simpson Foundation : The Sailing Charity', was set up in memory of, and inspired by the Olympic sailing Gold medallist, Andrew 'Bart' Simpson. The Founding Trustees are Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy OBE and Andrew's wife Leah. A yearly grant-giving process from the charity offers a wide range of support, both financial and/or practical to not-for-profit sailing initiatives and related organisations around the world. 


Bart's Bash


16-17 September 2017

Bart's Bash, launched in 2014, is the world's largest sailing event that is run by sailing clubs, community sailing programmes, sail training centres, yacht clubs, scout groups, sea cadets and even groups of sailors, all around the world. The main aims of the event are to increase international awareness of participation in sailing, and to raise funds for the Andrew Simpson Foundation to help support a range of sustainable projects, using sailing and watersports to improve the lives of children and young people globally. 



Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is a company limited by guarantee 

and registered charity in England & Wales No 1153060



Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 August 2017 )