Graduates Sailing in Global Ocean Race

Graduates Sailing in Global Ocean Race

Friday November 25 2011 Author: British Keelboat Academy Location: none selected

Before the delayed start of the second leg, we managed to catch up with Sam:

“I can relate all my offshore experiences I’ve had to date to the first major opportunity I was given by the RYA Keelboat squad to sail with Alex Thomson Racing across the Atlantic and Pacific aboard their Volvo 60. The people I met and the experience I gained has proved to be the biggest step so far towards my ultimate goal of becoming a short-handed offshore racer and competing in the Vendee Globe. I am extremely grateful and owe you guys a lot.”


Congratulations to Sam Goodchild who has been announced as Conrad Colman’s co-skipper on Class 40 Cessna Citation for the second leg of the Global Ocean Race 2011-12.

It’s a double whammy for the BKA, not only have two of its graduates competing in such a challenging race but also be to sailing together.

The sailors trained on RYA and UKSA programmes which merged in 2009 to become the BKA. Conrad trained with the GBR Yacht Racing Academy at UKSA and Sam through the RYA Keelboat Programme.

As the BKA does today, both programmes focused on helping the top young keelboat sailors gain the training and experience to sail at a high level as possible, alongside their personal development in areas such as teamwork, communication and leadership. 

BKA Head Coach Luke McCarthy says: “It’s brilliant to see past squad members taking part in top level international events. This level of achievement from our graduates demonstrates that the BKA is a suitable stepping stone into this level of sailing and provides inspiration and encouragement to current members who are looking to build a successful sailing career.”   

The current BKA squad are training on UKSA’s J80 fleet, Farr 45 Kolgá (lent by Niklas Zennström) and J109 Yeoman of Wight (lent by David Aisher) and are currently campaigning to compete in the J80 Worlds and Brewin Dolphin’s Commodores’ Cup.  

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