IMOCA Globe Series1st
Points425 pts
Age34 (11/19/89)
Top performanceIMOCA Champion 2023
Joined Imoca on2011
TeamTR Racing
BaseLorient (FRANCE)


He was only 18 years old when the British sailor sailed down the famous channel in Les Sables d'Olonne with Mike Golding, who set off for his first Vendée Globe. It was then that he decided that one day he too would sail around the world single-handed on an IMOCA boat.

Sam Goodchild grew up on a boat with his family until he was 7 years old. For the next 20 years he specialised in ocean racing, sailing on both solo and crewed projects. In 2005, he joined Alex Thomson's team, then Mike Golding's.

In 2010, he joined the Artemis Offshore Academy, which was created to launch young British sailors. He is now doing his first Figaro season. This British sailor often changes supports, from Class40 to Ultim, from Figaro to Ocean Fifty. It is on this last support that he posted some great victories and made his place in ocean racing, notably on Leyton, where he won the Pro Sailing Tour 2021. During the last Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe, he injured himself on the column of his trimaran and quickly abandoned.

In 2023, Kevin Escoffier called him to participate in The Ocean Race on Holcim-PRB. So Sam took part in the first three legs, from Alicante to Itajaí via the South Seas, the equivalent of three-quarters of a round-the-world race. The experience gained was enormous for the British sailor who was just starting out in a 60-foot boat.

Just a few days after returning from Brazil, Sam Goodchild launched his IMOCA "FOR THE PLANET", ex-LinkedOut. The skipper, who intends to line up at the start of the Vendée Globe in 2024, is putting all the chances on his side, as in parallel to the stages of The Ocean Race, he will also be taking part in all the double-handed races, this time on his boat, with Antoine Koch.


Sailing Highlights

2023 : Retour à La Base - 3rd
2023 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd
2023 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 3rd
2023 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 3rd
2023 : Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 3rd
2015 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 7th
Other highlights

2022: Route du Rhum - Withdrew due to injury (Ocean Fifty)
2022: Dhream Cup - Winner (Ocean Fifty)
2022: 1000 milles des Sables - Winner (Ocean Fifty)
2022: Pro Sailing Tour - 2nd (Ocean Fifty)
2021: Pro Sailing Tour - Winner (Ocean Fifty)

2021: Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd (Ocean Fifty)
2020: Dhream Cup - Winner (Figaro)
2020: Solo Maître Coq - 2nd (Figaro)
2019: Transat Jacques Vabre - 2nd (Class40)
2019: Rolex Fastnet Race - 3rd (Ultim)
2018: 1000 milles des Sables - 2nd (Class40)
2018: Route du Rhum - abandoned after dismasting (Class40)
2015: Transat Jacques Vabre - 7th
2014: Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - 2nd (VOR65)
2014: La Solitaire du Figaro - 22nd
2013: La Solitaire du Figaro - 11th
2013: RORC Carabean 600 - Winner (Class40)
2013: Round Gotland Race - 2nd
2012: Normandy Channel Race - Winner
2012: La Solitaire du Figaro - 24th
2012: Transat AG2R - 12th
2012: Solo Figaro Massif Marine - 8th (Figaro)
2011: Tour of Brittany - 19th (Figaro)
2011: Solo Basse Normandie - 2nd (Figaro)
2011: La Solitaire du Figaro - 34th
2011: Leg 2 Global Ocean Race - Winner (Class40)
2011: Transat Jacques Vabre - Retired (Class40)
2011: La Transmanche - 3rd in the Figaro class
2010: Round Britain and Ireland Race - 16th (Figaro)


Sail numberFRA 100
ArchitectGuillaume Verdier
Construction2019, Persico Marine, Italie
Former namesLINKEDOUT
Draught4,50 m
Weight8 tonnes
Mast height29m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Upwind320 m2
Downwind430 m2