Sam Goodchild Racing VENDEE GLOBE 2016 CAMPAIGN
2013 is the start of the ultimate challenge for ICE Performance with a full Vendee Globe campaign from start to finish. What makes it even better is that I have the privilege to work with a team of true adventurers who are passionate about working with Sam to achieve the ultimate goal in Ocean racing. This will test my skills and the skills of the team to the max and will fulfill ambitions and dreams of everyone in the team. Sam does not want to be a product placement but wants to succeed on his own merits in a world renowned race.
Sam is a young British offshore sailor with his sights firmly set on the Vendee Globe.
Weeks after being born in Bristol he flew across the Atlantic to live on a sailing yacht with the rest of his family. They lived on the boat for 8 years, based mainly in the Southern Caribbean and then eventually settling down in a house in Grenada in 1999. After hurricane Ivan devastated Grenada in 2004, Sam moved back to boarding school in the UK where he finished off his GCSE’s and then A-Levels.
Back in the UK, Sam started taking his racing a lot more seriously and starting with some dinghy sailing and then some Match Racing where he became the UK RYA Youth National Match Racing Champion in 2008. With Blood for adventure he could never really keep away from the long distance offshore trips and managed to rack up 5 Atlantic and 1 Pacific crossing, RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Qualification, double-handed race around Britain and over 35,000 offshore miles.
After competing in the double-handed Round Britain Race in 2010 he was selected to join the Artemis Offshore Academy which let him join one of the top training centres in France for Offshore Racing, CEM, focusing on the Figaro class. As a result he won a Scholarship which allowed him to compete in the 2011 Figaro circuit. He then competed in the 2011 Transat Jacques Vabre on a Class 40 with Ned Collier Wakefield from Team Concise where, after 7 close days of racing they were forced to retire from the lead with structural failure to the hull. Shortly after returning to the UK he joined Conrad Colman on Cessna Citation as a last minute co-skipper for leg 2 of the Global Ocean Race from Cape Town to Wellington. After 7000 miles and 31 days at sea they arrived in 1st out of the 6 boat fleet. In 2012 and 2013 he continued his Figaro campaign improving from his first year performance with a 24th and then an 11th – the best British result in 38 years of the Figaro class.
11th – La Solitaire du Figaro – Figaro
1st – RORC Caribbean 600 – Class 402012
1st – Normandy Channel Race – Class 40
24th – La Solitaire du Figaro – Figaro
12th – La Transat AG2R La Mondial – Figaro
8th – Solo Figaro Massif Marine – Figaro
You can learn more about Sam and follow his achievements by visiting his website samgoodchild.com
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