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Sam Goodchild and Fabien Delahaye are hoisting the sails on the Class40 Leyton to take part in the Transat Jacques Vabre race starting on 27 October. This legendary two-handed transatlantic race takes place between Le Havre and Salvador de Bahia in Brazil. Their promising Franco-British alliance symbolises the international dimension of the Leyton group and heralds a great adventure for these two talented young sailors.

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A two-handed transatlantic race

The Transat Jacques Vabre, which follows the famous coffee route, has three categories this year: the Class40, the Multi50 and the Imoca60. The 4,350 miles between Le Havre and Salvador de Bahia are well known to both skippers as Fabien has won the race once before. This year, 67 racing boats are expected to take part in the 14th 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.


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)


Fabien Delahaye

Fabien is the co-skipper of choice who has actually won (amongst others) the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2013 on the Class40 and is therefore keen to make it a double!


Fabien Delahaye's track record

  • 4th in the Tour de Bretagne à la Voile (2019)
  • Volvo Ocean Race – Vainqueur (2017-2018)
  • Winner of the Volvo Ocean Race (2017-2018)
  • 2nd in the Transat AG2R La Mondiale (2014)
  • Winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre (2013)
  • French offshore racing champion (2012)
  • 2nd in the Solitaire du Figaro (2011)
  • 1st in the Transat AG2R La Mondiale (2010)
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