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Global Ocean Race starts today

Artemis Offshore Academy sailor Sam Goodchild will be taking on the Southern Ocean in the double-handed Global Ocean Race with Conrad Colman onboard the 40-ft monohull, Cessna Citation.

At just 22 years of age, Goodchild will be the youngest sailor competing in the 7,500nm leg from Cape Town (South Africa) to Wellington (New Zealand), which started this morning after being pushed back from 12:00 (GMT) on Sunday 27 November due to bad weather conditions.

Sam Goodchild and Conrad Colman

“I am really looking forward to racing with Conrad and going to this mythical place, the Southern Ocean,” explained Goodchild, who was asked by Colman to compete in the second leg of the Global Ocean Race on his 22nd birthday. “I am excited to sail with Conrad as he has a great racing background, slightly different to mine, but I think we can come together and make a great team.”

The six international Class 40 teams, who started leg one of the Global Ocean Race in September from the island of Majorca, will have to negotiate some of the most treacherous waters on earth to get to Wellington.  Icebergs, huge waves that circle the globe unchallenged by any land mass, freezing temperatures and large low-pressure systems will test these duos to their limit over four weeks at sea. The race organiser has implemented a mandatory southern limit for leg two of 42 degrees South due to an unusual frequency of ice drifting north.

Class 40, Cessna Citation © Gabriel Ramon

“My campaign with Cessna Citation has been characterized by doing things at the last minute, and bringing Sam with just a few days to go before the start continues the theme,” said Colman. “However, he is already well acquainted with the Akilaria II and I have no doubts that we’ll be able to gel quickly and compete with the best on leg two which finishes in my home town.”

Colman will be racing with a new skipper for each of the five legs in the race, with Goodchild being delighted to step into the co-skipper position as it opened up at the last minute. It was perfect timing for Artemis sailor Goodchild, as he was recently forced to retire from the Transat Jacques Varbre. He retired from first place after seven days of racing in the Class 40 fleet due to hull damage on Concise 2, the sister ship of Cessna Citation, not making it to the finish line in Costa Rica.

“The opportunity to race in the Southern Ocean does not come along very often so I am excited to see what it’s all about, and maybe next time I’ll be back in the solo, non-stop Vendée Globe!” commented the aspiring solo sailor.

2011 – 2012 Global Ocean Race route

Goodchild, who won the Artemis Offshore Academy Scholarship in May this year, has had an incredible year of short-handed racing experience, which included the prestigious solo Solitaire du Figaro in August, as well as the French Figaro Championship races, and most recently the Transat Jacques Varbre.

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