Learning From The Best

Sam Goodchild is used to relying on himself.  As a solo offshore sailor he has faced extended periods at sea with nobody to turn to. No matter how rough things get. Now, as part of Team Spain he is preparing to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race surrounded by some of the world’s best sailors and there is a lot to learn.

Officially becoming a member of Team Spain for the Volvo Ocean Race has been a pretty exciting step forward for my career. Only two months in, the race hasn’t even started yet and the learning curve is almost vertical. At the same time my life has been tipped upside down.

On the Figaro circuit I was a fairly large part of a very small project, I have now become a very small part of a very big project. So there are a lot of things to get used to, not least the size and scale: the boat, which is twice as big, the team which is 20+ (I haven’t even met some of them yet) and the logistics of moving the whole fun fair of seven teams and the race organisers to 10 stopovers around the world in nine months.

I’ve got used to knowing everything about everything in the project, but here it’s not the case and nor is it necessary. Things are constantly happening and changing. From finding sponsors to sorting branding, even the boat itself isn’t a sure thing. All of this and we haven’t even tried to go sailing yet.

Amongst the rest of the crew there are too many top sailing prizes to even start mentioning, but it’s safe to say I’m in great company and learning from the best. I just need to make sure I can hold my own and add enough to the team to keep my spot as I’m not the only one that wants to be here!

Sam uses Lifedge Waterproof Cases for iPhone and iPad in his training and while racing to protect his technology onboard.You can follow his progress with Team Spain on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.