Andrew Simpson: Olympic sailor's 'Bart's Bash' logo shortlist shown

Bart's Bash logo design Image copyright Bart's Bash
Image caption Race organisers launched the logo competition in December
Bart's Bash logo design Image copyright Bart's Bash
Image caption Entries included logos by professional designers and five-year-old children
Bart's Bash logo design Image copyright Bart's Bash
Image caption The winning design will be based on one of the final three designs

A shortlist of logo designs created for a race to be held in memory of Olympic sailing gold medallist Andrew Simpson has been revealed by organisers.

The ten works were chosen from 100 logos submitted for Bart's Bash, a dinghy race being held simultaneously at UK sailing clubs on 21 September.

Simpson, from Sherborne in Dorset, was killed while training for the America's Cup in San Francisco Bay on 9 May.

A vote on Facebook to decide the top three designs is open until Saturday.

After voting closes at midnight on Saturday, the top three will then be put before the trustees of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF), who will decide on an overall winner.

An ASSF spokesperson said entries had come from "a broad field, including professional graphic designers, adults and children as young as five."

10,000 sailors

Nicknamed Bart, Simpson won Olympic gold at Beijing 2008 and silver at London 2012.

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Image caption Andrew Simpson died when a yacht capsized in San Francisco Bay

He died after becoming trapped under an AC72 catamaran when it nosedived, capsized and broke into pieces while training with Artemis Racing.

The medical examiner's report, released in California, said he suffered multiple blows to his head and body.

The foundation was set up in his name by his widow Leah, sister Amanda, and fellow sailors Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy, with the aim of supporting youth sailing.

More than 250 sailing clubs have so far entered the Bart's Bash race, which will see an estimated 10,000 sailors take to the water.

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