Yachting enthusiast Sam Goodchild (24) has spent his life on the water and now wants others to see how easy it can be to find their sea legs.
The Falmouth Fixer, who spends his time taking part in offshore sailing races, is encouraging young people to understand that you do not need to be wealthy to enjoy the activity.
‘I want to improve the knowledge of sailing as a sport, hobby and career for anybody and everybody,’ explains Sam.
‘I want to wash away the elitist image it sometimes gets.’
Growing up in the Caribbean, Sam permanently moved back to England in 2005 to finish school.
Discussing his move back, he says:
‘That’s when I started racing more seriously and I realised there were a lot of people who shared my passion.
‘There were people who went out of their way to introduce me to opportunities that have paved the way for me to make a career in sailing.’
With Fixers, Sam created a flyer to shed a different light on the sport and encourage young people to consider it as a hobby.
Click to enlarge the Fixers flyer below.
‘The project is to raise awareness to the public, but we are generally targeting those between 18 and 25.
‘I have been fortunate to have sailing as a way of life and a passion since I was very young, but the opportunity is there for anyone if they really want it.
‘The amount of money you have in your bank account or where you live don't play a role.’
His passion for the sport has seen Sam win first place and achieve high racing results for Britain not witnessed for nearly forty years.
‘Put yourself out there,' Sam states.
‘There are plenty of opportunities to go sailing or there are boats looking for crews.
‘It takes time to move up the ladder but you never know when the next opportunity is going to come.’
Homepage photo and top image courtesy of Emily Harris.
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Sam isn’t the only Fixer who has taken to the water – click to see how Olivia Irving is encouraging others to try her favourite water sport.