Sam Goodchild | Full Speed Ahead

In order to stay afloat in the world of professional sailing you have to take the rough with the smooth. After traversing some choppy waters over the last few weeks, Lifedge Pioneer Sam Goodchild is setting sail for some hopefully smoother sailing…

2015 is already looking to be quite an exciting year. This year I chose to take a break from the Figaro to join Team Mapfre for the Volvo Ocean Race, only to lose my place for financial reasons. This made for a couple of worrying weeks while I waited to see what would be coming my way next. Luckily it’s turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

I loved every part of my last 4 years in the Figaro circuit and enjoyed the success I had, but it was starting to become all I knew. So I have now had a small opportunity to escape that and explore some other areas of sailing that really interest me.

With more and more of the sailing world following the lead of the America’s Cup and heading towards multihulls this has been my key focus, along with trying to do more sailing in bigger teams. It’s already been great learning the systems on bigger boats and how everything works, which I know will make me stronger when I get a chance to line up on the Vendee Globe start line. In short, I’m doing my best to be a ‘knowledge sponge’ learning as much as I can as quickly as possible.

My next adventure is a transatlantic on a 70 foot trimaran, which I literally can’t wait for. A huge beast of a boat which cruises around at speeds I could only dream of on my Figaro; 18-19 knots up wind and over 30 off the wind, which for now is mind boggling to me. It’s going to be an incredible experience crewing a boat capable of such high speeds.

After that I’ve got a few different things in the pipeline and I’m confident that at least one of them will materialise. Right now, there’s no way of telling where I’ll be in six months but whatever I find myself doing, I’m sure it’ll be exciting, new and on the water. I can’t ask for much more than that.

For now though, I can’t wait to share my time aboard the trimaran. Lifedge in hand I’ll be sure to get all the photos on social media, however rough the conditions get.

All for now,


You can follow Sam’s progress as he gets closer and closer to that round the world dream on his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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