Interview with Andrew Simpson 

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In January this year Beijing gold medallists Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy added a world title to their list of achievements taking the top spot in Rio. During 2010 the boys have been sailing with Team Origin as well putting together a plan to defend their Olympic title in 2012.

Andrew, aka Bart to his team mates, is currently at the home of British yachting; Cowes, for the 1851 Cup.  A showdown between Britain's Team Origin and current Cup holders BMW Oracle on the waters of the Solent.  In under five days he and Iain Percy will be in Weymouth for the biggest regatta of the season the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta.

"We are really looking forward to Sail for Gold, its been a good year, the worlds seem so long ago now. It was fantastic to win that title, but since then we've probably only done a month's worth of training.  We were in Valencia in the spring for some training, and then had last week back down in Weymouth with the rest of Skandia Team GBR.  All the big boys will be down in Weymouth next week, its going to be a good competition, it will be tough and anyone who is anyone will be there. In that respect going in as gold medallists and World Champions it would be easy to put pressure on yourself.   For Iain and I its about the long term view, 2012 is effectively an 18 month campaign and that's what we worked to last time. So we will start the process from here and ramp it up".

"We will probably stay in Europe for training for the end of 2010 and into 2011, when it gets a bit too cold in the UK we'll head to warmer climates!  We will need to do some of the major regattas in 2011 to make sure we stay in the game so to speak, so Miami OCR and then getting prepared for the ISAF World Championships in Perth in December 2011".

"We are also fitting this in around our Team Origin commitments, so we are facing the same challenges as Ben in that respect.  Hopefully things are getting back on track in the world of the America's Cup.  It will mean a clear direction for everyone, which will mean we can plan everything better in the future and not just fit things in".

"We've been training with John Gimson and Ed Grieg who are the youngsters in the GBR star class, and effectively trying to bring them up to the next level.  It helps to have these guys to train against as it keep you on your toes.  The Star class is a wealth of talent, its an older class so you get some of the greats of sailing, the likes of Robert Scheidt, Torben Grael to name a few, so the level is always high.  We're really looking forward to Sail for Gold and taking on the competition on home waters, it will be interesting to see what level we are at after a bit of a break away.  Our 2012 bid effectively starts from this point, so we are keen to get going". 

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