About Us

Founded in 2014, the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre was set up to be a vessel to help achieve the Andrew Simpson Foundation’s charitable objectives. We are passionate about encouraging young people into sailing and watersports and we pride ourselves on giving the best experience possible. We operate with the best kit, at the best locations and with the best instructors.

Portland, UK

World-class sailing venue with consistent winds and breath-taking scenery of the Jurassic Coast. Enjoying watersports in Portland Harbour is safe, fun and unforgettable.

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Portsmouth, UK

Ideally located on the stunning shores of Langstone Harbour, our Centre in Portsmouth has a very wide range of activities for all ages and abilities. With both water and land-based options, there is something for everyone.

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Reading, UK

ASWC-Reading’s centrally-located lake is perfect for a quick escape to learn and pursue your favourite adventures. Close to major UK transport links and set in a safe and enclosed inland area, we have both water and land-based activities to suit all.

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Lake Garda, Italy

Our first overseas location on the spectacular shores of Lake Garda, a renowned venue of excellence for watersports offers the perfect balance between relaxing and being active for a trip you will never forget. Feel like you’re truly escaping with a fantastic range of water and land-based activities.

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Our Team

Alex Porter

Alex joined the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre 2015 as the new Centre Manager. Having worked in the Watersports Industry in the UK and overseas for over 20 years, Alex has gained a vast amount of experience and knowledge. His leadership skills will help drive and mentor the team to develop their skills to carry on providing excellent tuition and service to all of our customers.

RYA Dinghy Coach Assessor, RYA Powerboat Instructor, RYA INP Windsurfing Instructor, BCU Kayak/Canoe Coach, BSUPA Instructor, PADI Rescue Diver and Yacht Master.

Rosie Bain

Rosie Joined the ASWC – Portland in March 2015. Sailing has been her sport and passion for as long as she can remember. Sailing competitively from the age of 10, she qualified as a Dinghy Instructor in 2007, Senior Instructor in 2013 and has spent her time during and since leaving university working seasons and working at a variety of different watersports centres in the UK and abroad.

Rosie is bringing her experience to the centre to focus on school participation, sales, communications and business development.

Nathan Bloss

Nathan joined the team as Chief Instructor in November 2017 and brings his knowledge and experience from various centres around Europe and in the UK. Fresh from 7 seasons of working abroad, he has arrived at an exciting time for the centre, Nathan will be helping to drive our new and exciting foiling programme and to help develop the next wave of sailors and instructors.

RYA Senior Instructor with Multi-hull and Advanced Endorsements, RYA Powerboat Instructor, RYA Planing Windsurf Instructor, VHF Short Wave Radio and BSUPA Instructor.

Nathan Staley

Sailing from a young age and competing at a National Level, Nathan became a Dinghy Instructor at the Age of 16 and began instructing at his local club. He attended Swansea Institute of Higher Education where he studied Watersports and Adventure Activity Management.

Nathan has worked in a number of different countries, teaching both children and adults how to sail. He has been Centre Manager in ASWC- Portsmouth for 7 years and is passionate about the industry and introducing as many new people to watersports as possible.

Ben Lee

Sailing from the age of 6, and working inland from age 16, Ben has since studied Watersports Management at Southampton Solent University and has worked aboard for several different providers. During that time, he competed in windsurfing and since then has worked in the UK coaching for the RYA Zone Squad and started with the ASWC – Portsmouth in Sales and Marketing from April 2017.

RYA Windsurfing Advanced Plus Instructor, Senior Sailing Instructor with Racing and Keelboat Endorsements, Powerboat Instructor with Safety Boat.

Hermione Garner

Hermione has recently joined the Andrew Simpson Foundation as Operations and Community Sailing Programmes Coordinator. She has worked her entire career in the watersports industry as a Dinghy Instructor, then Senior Instructor for centres around the UK, and more recently as Resort Manager before moving into an Operations Manager role in the holiday industry.

She is excited to be working with the Andrew Simpson Foundation and getting involved in the growth of the centres and the charitable programmes of the foundation.

Paul Outram

Paul grew up on the Channel Islands and has always been involved in anything water based! Sailing since aged 8, he has now been working full time in the watersports industry for over 20 years developing his personal and coaching skills and experience. He is the new Centre Manager of our Reading centre, focusing on building a busy and friendly centre offering a wide range of watersports.

RYA Centre Inspector / RYA Coach Assessor / RYA Windsurf Trainer, RYA Powerboat Instructor; Commercially Endorsed Yacht Master.


Charity to Offer New Sailing and Watersports Opportunities for All in Portsmouth

Today marks the official opening of the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre on the Eastern Road in Portsmouth by Cllr Linda Symes and Iain Percy OBE. The world-class watersports centre operation is a partnership between the Andrew Simpson Foundation : The Sailing Charity and Portsmouth City Council aimed at providing opportunities for all to enjoy the benefits of getting on the water.

Through its seven community sailing programmes, the Foundation aims to offer the community of Portsmouth affordable opportunities to learn to sail and experience watersports and outdoor adventure activities, as well as offer inclusive routes to regular participation.

Additionally, Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre – Portsmouth offers top class courses and training to beginners and experts alike and aims to provide a pathway for future sailing stars to develop and follow in the footsteps of Foundation Trustee Sir Ben Ainslie.

Cllr Linda Symes, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “It’s great to celebrate the official opening of the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre and to look ahead to what will be on offer here for the local community. The centre will provide opportunities for local children to get out on the water and to experience a range of water sports activities from sailing to paddleboarding.”

Iain Percy OBE, double Olympic Gold medallist and life-long friend and sailing partner of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson’ added ‘Bart was passionate about ensuring sailing, the sport that he loved, was fully accessible to all. I know that he will be looking down today smiling, knowing that through the new centre in Portsmouth everyone will have the chance to participate, learn and develop as individuals.

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Sailing Charity the Andrew Simpson Foundation to Open its First International Sailing & Watersports Centre on the Shores of Lake Garda in Italy

The Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF) is delighted to announce that from April 1st 2018, they will be opening a new not-for-profit sailing and watersports centre based at Campione del Garda c/o Univela Sailing, the world-class sailing venue situated on the shores of Lake Garda in Italy. The Centre will be the first ASF centre to open outside the UK and will act as a European hub aiming to attract sailing enthusiasts, beginners to experts, from far and wide.

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Andrew Simpson Foundation Selected as the Official Charity of the Star Sailors League

The Star Sailors League is delighted to announce that they have selected the Andrew Simpson Foundation, a sailing charity set up in memory of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson as their official charity in 2018.

As the charity moves into its fifth year, the Star Sailors League, right after its fifth SSL Finals in Nassau – Bahamas, were keen to show their support for the Foundation by raising awareness of the amazing work that is currently taking place around the globe, and help to raise funds. This will allow the ASF to continue to increase and inspire participation and improve lives, all in Bart’s name.

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