On 27th October in the Transat Jacques Vabre, Arthur Le Vaillant will raise the sails of the Class40 Leyton and travel from Le Havre to Salvador de Bahia.
This time, he won’t be alone and will be counting on the support and experience of his co-skipper Sam Goodchild.
Arthur and Sam have reunited to compete in the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre after having first met more than 8 years ago at the Centre d'Entrainement Méditerranée.
Their promising Anglo-French alliance symbolises the international collaboration of the Leyton group and heralds a great adventure for these two talented young sailors.
A double transatlantic race
The Transat Jacques Vabre follows the famous Route du Café and hosts three categories this year: Class40, Multi50 and Imoca60.
The 4350 miles between Le Havre and Salvador de Bahia are well known to both skippers as this is their second and fourth time participating in this competition respectively. This year it's expected that 55 racing boats will take part in the 14thedition of this transatlantic race.
But who is Sam Goodchild ?
Only 29 years old, Sam is a distinguished skipper and already has several successes on his track record.
His strength? He can perfectly adapt to all types of boats: IMOCA, MOD70, Volvo65, Volvo70, Class40 or Figaro - nothing stops him. It is undoubtedly this ability to adapt that has enabled him to obtain such an impressive list of awards.
Despite being only 29, he has already sailed across more than 15 oceans and covered 80,000 miles around the world.
Arthur has nothing to worry about; Sam Goodchild is a perfect co-skipper!
Sam Goodchild's track record
Drheam Cup - Destination Cotentin - 4th place (2018)
1000 milles des Sables - 2nd place (2018)
Match Racing World Championship - 3rd place (2017)
Transat Québec-St Malo - 1st place (2016)
Normandy Channel Race - 1st place (2012)