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Sam Goodchild and Nick Cherry gear up for the 10th edition of La Transat AG2R La Mondiale

On Saturday 21 April, Artemis Offshore Academy sailors Nick Cherry and Sam Goodchild will embark on their first double-handed transatlantic crossing together. Artemis is the only British entry in the French dominated 18-strong Figaro fleet competing in the 10th edition of the biannual, 3890-mile La Transat AG2R La Mondiale from Concarneau, France to Saint Barthelemy in the Caribbean.

The race sponsored by AG2R La Mondiale is expected to take around 23-25 days and is the only double-handed, one design race of its kind, attracting the elite of the Figaro class.

Sam Goodchild and Nick Cherry © Lloyd Images

2012 celebrates the 10th edition of the bi-annual race which since its inception has inspired a generation of Figaro sailors. In 1992, after 24 days, 8 hours, 40 minutes and 34 seconds at sea, Michel Desjoyeaux (two-time Vendée Globe solo round the world race winner) and Jacques Caraes won the first edition of La Transat AG2R La Mondiale. The French skippers cast off the limitations of the impossible, racing two-up in a 30’ boat across the Atlantic, and started a new chapter of the transatlantic race.

Team Artemis are the only British entry in the 2012 La Transat AG2R La Mondiale © Lloyd Images

This year, flying the flag for Great Britain, Goodchild and Cherry will go head to head with many of France’s top Figaro competitors:  “Obviously as the only British boat it would be nice to beat as many French sailors as possible. It does make us proud to be representing our country in a race where there aren’t typically many British entries.”

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