Free ticket to la Solitaire

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Sam Goodchild on winning the Artemis Offshore Academy scholarship
The first Artemis Offshore Academy scholarship winner, Sam Goodchild, this summer will enjoy a fully funded Figaro campaign, including participation in the all-important La Solitaire. While there was some great competition between the final eight who attending this winter’s Figaro training down in La Grande Motte, including the likes of Route du Rhum Class 40 winner Phil Sharp (who we suspect was the runner-up) and Olympic 49er medallist Simon Hiscocks, in the end Goodchild proved the stand-out candidate, not only coming out on top in the racing but also demonstrating good communication and the multitude of other skills required of a modern day world class singlehanded offshore racer. Aged 21, Goodchild, the selectors felt, also showed “potential”, which is certainly true: He is set to be the youngest competitor in this year’s Solitaire du Figaro. Despite his annoyingly young age, Goodchild has already achieved a lot in a diverse range of disciplines. On the one hand he was both the Student and Youth National Match Racing champion back in 2008, on the other he signed on as part of the Volvo RYA Keelboat Squad as its youngest member in 2006 which the following year got him on board the Hugo Boss Volvo 60 on delivery trips from Portsmouth to Halifax and from Hawaii to Indonesia, putting some 9000 miles ocean time into his log-book. While this might seem inconsequential, Goodchild states: “Everything I have done offshore to date is via people I’ve met through doing that or from the experience of having that under my belt. So the skipper of that boat [the Hugo Boss VO60] was Andy Tourell, who is now involved with Artemis and he introduced me to this [the Academy]. I guess that was my small break into the offshore circuit.” Since then Goodchild has done several other transatlantic deliveries,