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.