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Exclusive: For Ainslie and Me, Bart’s Death Is Bigger Than An Amazing America’s Cup, Says Iain Percy

Iain Percy has revealed that while Team Oracle USA celebrated their historic America’s Cup win on Wednesday night in San Francisco the man who played such a huge part in turning near certain defeat into victory only had thoughts for the late Andrew “Bart” Simpson, his great friend and fellow British Olympic sailor. Sir Ben Ainslie could have enjoyed the moment he had dreamt of all his life, being a…

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IAIN PERCY JOINS THE RC44 TOUR

Artemis Racing has consistently been on the podium of the RC44 Championship Tour for the past four seasons. Currently sitting on equal points with third placed Synergy, the Swedish team has announced their America’s Cup Team Manager, the two time British Olympic gold medallist, Iain Percy as their new RC44 tactician. Joining the team for the penultimate event of the 2013 season, it will be Percy’s first time racing in…

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AMERICA’S CUP 2013 IAIN PERCY ON THE ORACLE WOES

America’s Cup 2013 – After the Race 6 postponement the pressure is now really on Oracle Team USA for Races 6 and 7 to be sailed on San Francisco Bay today.  Ben Ainslie was on the boat yesterday, so there is all kinds of discussion on his likely role today. Here is an interview with a Iain Percy, the British skipper of Artemis Racing who know the Oracle campaign, the…

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Percy Taking Helm of Artemis After America’s Cup Elimination

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Iain Percy will take over the lead of the Artemis Racing America’s Cup team as it plans for the next edition of the 162-year-old regatta, team owner Torbjorn Tornqvist said. Percy, who led the on-water crew as skipper during this year’s Cup campaign, will take the title of team manager and succeed Paul Cayard, the team’s chief executive officer, after the current Cup ends, Tornqvist said…

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‘I should have died rather than Andrew Simpson’, SAYS OLYMPIC AND AMERICA’S CUP TEAM-MATE IAIN PERCY

Iain Percy says he wishes he, not Andrew Simpson, had died in the accident in May which killed his Olympic and America’s Cup team-mate. Simpson, 36, died when Team Artemis’ catamaran capsized in San Francisco Bay while the team were in training for the America’s Cup. Percy, who partnered Simpson to Olympic gold in 2008 and silver in Weymouth last summer, held his lifelong friend – affectionately known as Bart,…

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IAIN PERCY ON ANDREW SIMPSON: ‘I need him now more than ever. My routine for so long was to go to Bart if there’s a problem.’

It’s late afternoon in San Francisco and Iain Percy is exhausted, but he’s worried about where his mind will wander if he takes a break. He’s barely stopped in the nine weeks since his America’s Cup catamaran capsized and his best friend fell into the water. ‘I need him now more than ever,’ he says. His voice is shaky. ‘My routine for so long has been to go to Bart…

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IAIN PERCY APPOINTED SAILING TEAM DIRECTOR OF ARTEMIS RACING

Artemis Racing, Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup, announced today a new afterguard featuring Olympic medalists; Iain Percy, Nathan Outteridge and Santiago Lange as well as Loïck Peyron, one of the world’s most experienced multihull helmsmen. The technical and multihull experience of this group will provide Artemis an efficient nucleus to guide the team’s AC72, particularly through the next few critical months of sailing and testing. Iain Percy will…

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IAIN PERCY AND ANDREW SIMPSON SECURE SILVER MEDAL

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson were denied a second successive Olympic gold as Sweden won the final medal race to clinch the Star title in Weymouth. Iain and Andrew, who won gold in Beijing in 2008, had taken an eight-point cushion over Brazil and a 12-point lead over Sweden into the double points-scoring medal race but were unable to keep pace with the Swedes in the light breeze. Percy, 36,…

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