Sam Goodchild Christens Figaro Boat

Lifedge Pioneer, Sam Goodchild has taken a break from his hectic racing and training schedule long enough to christen his new Figaro boat, Team Plymouth. We caught him between media engagements and meetings to shoot some photos and have a quick chat.

When we arrived at Sutton Harbour for the naming ceremony of Sam’s new boat, Team Plymouth, the weather left a lot to be desired, but as long as the rain held off the champagne flowed.

Sam is currently in preparation for La Solitaire du Figaro, one of France’s most prestigious solo sailing races and a key checkpoint on Sam’s journey to eventually racing the Vendée Globe –  a solo round the world race.

Sam has been competing in a series of warm up races aboard Team Plymouth, including most recently the Solo Concarneau where Sam put in an impressive performance in some challenging conditions and often showed the class we can expect from him in the Figaro.

As Skipper of Team Plymouth, Sam is not only competing as a professional sailor but also as a representative for Plymouth and the ongoing regeneration of the city which hopes to become the centre of Sailing in Britain.

Next week, after the media commitments have been completed Sam will be returning to the race circuit taking on the Solo Basse Normandie, followed by the Solo Le Havre and then culminating in the Solitaire du Figaro.

We will be supporting Sam along his journey as a Lifedge Pioneer. Sam currently makes use of the Lifedge range, using the iPad and iPhone caseduring training and warm-up races to protect his equipment allowing him to access applications on board.

We will be doing a full interview with Sam next week as he trains in Plymouth, but for now you can check out some exclusive photos from the ceremony in the slideshow above.

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