Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - International - Endure

Sailor Sam Goodchild launches Team Plymouth

by Sam Joseph on 8 Mar 2014
(L-R): Nick Warren from N9 Design (boat graphics); John Sadgrove from Brooks Macdonald; Jason Schofield from Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc and Destination Plymouth; Dave Young from The Una Group and Sam Goodchild Sam Joseph
With only 100 days to go until forty of the world’s top offshore sailors arrive in Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour, local yachtsman, Sam Goodchild is announcing that he’ll be racing this year thanks to a group of city companies. The 24 year solo sailor will be competing on a boat called ‘Team Plymouth’. Sam’s hoping to promote around 10 local businesses and is looking for interested industries, many have already jumped at the chance to come onboard.

Jason Schofield, Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc / Director of Destination Plymouth: 'We are very much looking forward to welcoming Sam Goodchild in Team Plymouth into Sutton Harbour this summer when La Solitaire du Figaro arrives in Plymouth. Sam already berths with us in Sutton Harbour Marina so providing support for him to compete in this challenging race was a natural extension of our relationship. We feel that Team Plymouth provides a fantastic opportunity to put the spotlight on Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, to those in the sailing world in both the UK and France.'

David Young, The Una Group: 'We’re delighted to be supporting Sam this year, as well as building Plymouth’s profile as a great City to visit. We offer an unrivalled sailing venue for events such as the Amercia’s Cup World Series, the Rolex Fastnet and others, which all help showcase our wonderful city. Sam is one of our top offshore sailors with a very exciting future ahead of him and we’ll do everything we can to help him achieve his ambitions.'

Sam’s first race of the season is the Solo Maitre Coq that starts in Les Sables d’Olonne on 13th March. This is a warm-up for the main event of the season, the iconic La Solitaire du Figaro - a month-long, 4-leg race that will coming to Plymouth for the first time in the history of the race.

Sam Goodchild, ‘Team Plymouth’: 'I can’t wait to race into Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour in June. This is one of the toughest races for offshore sailors and is incredibly popular in France. The sailing world is going to be focussed on Plymouth and I thought it was a great opportunity to promote the city and its businesses by having a local boat. I’m incredibly grateful for all the support I’ve had already and I’m hoping to add a few more supporters before I race here in a few months’ time.'

The Una Group, Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc and Destination Plymouth are supporting Sam already. Sam’s also had help from N9 Design who are working on the boat’s graphics. These companies will join Sam’s existing sponsors: Adidas, Adidas Eyewear, Artemis, Brooks Macdonald, Pol Roger, Southern Ropes and Lifedge.

In last year’s Solitaire, Sam achieved the best British result since 1975 after finishing in 11th place. He’d really love to finish inside the top 10 this year as he works towards his ultimate ambition, the Vendee Globe race in 2016. If you’d be interested in supporting Sam please email him: Sam Goodchild website
T Clewring J-classNorth Technology - Southern SparsBakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

The door’s been flung open – again
Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing gets sexier for Tokyo Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing may get sexier for Tokyo 2020. Yes, the proverbial door has been cast ajar before, often to much fanfare, and not that much has been achieved.
Posted on 28 Aug
Michael Illbruck crowned 2016 Melges 20 World Champion
Although not a simple task, Freides aimed to keep Illbruck behind him, or at minimum out of top nine ranking. Hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino, the World Championship was the most successful to date featuring four days of incredible sportboat racing.
Posted on 28 Aug
Freides defends leadership at Melges 20 World Championship
The one and only race that was able to take place at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship was a difficult one at best 2016 Melges 20 World Championship - The one and only race that was able to take place at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino was a difficult one at best, however managed to present some nice new faces at the front of the fleet.
Posted on 28 Aug
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crew catch up - Meet Dhruv Boruah
After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations, some decide on a future in the marine industry, some take time out to assess their next move in life and others seek their next challenge.
Posted on 27 Aug
Changing of the Guard at Melges 20 Worlds, Freides takes over
The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship featured two races under shifty conditions 2016 Melges 20 World Championship - The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino featured two races under shifty conditions, shaking up the standings and making Drew Freides' Pacific Yankee the new leader with a one point advantage over Michael Illbruck on Pinta now seated in second place.
Posted on 27 Aug
Young sailors praised for huge achievement at ASTO Small Ships Race
21 teams taking part paraded through Gosport after being welcomed to the coastal town by Gosport Mayor Cllr Lynn Hook. The 21 teams taking part paraded through Gosport after being welcomed to the coastal town by Gosport Mayor Cllr Lynn Hook, who told the crews it was a “huge achievement” to sail overnight from Dartmouth to Gosport.
Posted on 26 Aug
Vendée Globe – Yann Eliès and his team relaunch 60-ft IMOCA in Lorient
Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses. Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses organised at the Finistère Ocean Racing Centre in Port-la-Forêt (Brittany). He will also take part in the Azimut Trophy. Yann Eliès tells us about the work that has been done and what lies ahead in the final part of his preparation.
Posted on 26 Aug
Vendée Globe – A long trip between France and Iceland for Heerema
After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. Thanks to this voyage from France to Iceland and back, the Dutch skipper is finding out more about No Way Back, the new generation IMOCA on which he will line up on 6th November
Posted on 26 Aug
Phoenix returns and Cayard is back for the TP52 World Championships
Richard Cohen will compete at the championships in Mahón, Menorca, with Phoenix, which will be skippered by Paul Cayard. The carefully assembled team includes a core group of sailors who have many years of experience in the class, but Cayard cautions that their initial objective is to learn and improve together in line with their long term goal, to be competitive on the 2017 52 Super Series.
Posted on 26 Aug
Star-studded SB20 fleet set for superb Cascais 2016 World Championship
Entry list is packed with round the world sailors, Olympic medalists, and top keelboat sailors, with 14 races scheduled. A superb fleet of 75 teams have entered from 13 nations, including the reigning champion crew from France who are back with new helmsman, young French 49er helm Gabriel Skoczek. The new team showed form by winning the Portuguese Nationals in June against many of the top contenders.
Posted on 26 Aug