Pete Goss returns to multihulls

Former Team Phillips skipper to race in two handed Shetland Round and Ireland Yacht Race with former crew

Thursday March 30th 2006, Author: Stuart Elford, Location: United Kingdom
West Country sailor and adventurer Pete Goss is to return to competitive sailing with an entry in the 2006 Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Yacht Race. Pete and team mate Paul Larsen will be entering this unique two-handed sailing challenge in a small, lightweight trimaran that they hope will take the sailing world by storm – the Seacart 30 (above).

Pete is launching his latest adventure to promote the charity - Cornwall Playing for Success - of which he is a founder and trustee. Playing for Success is a national out-of-school-hours education initiative, aimed at raising literacy, numeracy and IT skills in children who have unrealised potential. They often don’t quite connect with school, leaving them feeling disaffected and demoralised. PFS uses sport to bridge that gap with dramatic results, as Pete explains: “On a ten week out-of-school-hours programme, they improve their literacy and numeracy scores by 17 and 24 months in primary and secondary schools respectively. However, the real ‘fairy dust’ is self-esteem, which is carried back to school with long-term results.”

With all of Pete’s projects resting on a foundation of innovation, technology, challenge and adventure; the obvious choice of boat was the dramatic Seacart 30, built to the highest standard in an autoclave. Constructed entirely from carbon, she is 30ft long and boasts a 50ft mast, but weighs in at just 950kg. This lightweight construction and racing pedigree will make her exciting to sail, necessitating total commitment from the crew who will even have to sleep on the windward outrigger to balance the boat in racing conditions. The craft can be quickly de-rigged and trailed, making it an ideal choice as both a family fun-boat and for serious racing enthusiasts on a budget.

Pete said, “Whilst it will be fun to get back on the water, it is for a serious reason. I am delighted to be using this latest project to raise awareness and funds to support Cornwall Playing for Success and couldn’t think of a better person to be doing it with. Paul, a long-time friend and former crew member of Team Philips is a consummate sailor, always looking to push boundaries. This is a tough test of both man and craft - and we can’t wait to get stuck in.”

To read our review of the SeaCart 30 - click here .
To see video of the SeaCart - click here .
To read our interview with Pete Goss from January last year - click here

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