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.
Kevin Escoffier called him in 2023 to be a crew member on his new IMOCA Holcim-PRB, during The Ocean Race. Together, they won the first two legs of the race.
At the end of this second leg, Sam announced that he was moving to Thomas Ruyant Racing, the team of the skipper who won the last Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe, and would take the helm of the ex-LinkedOut for the next Vendée Globe.