Discover the Leyton Sailing Team

Give meaning to performance 

Sailing is an exceptional sport.  A bearer of dreams and adventures, it is also one which involve continous innovation and cutting edge technology.  By crossing the oceans and seas of the world with our incredible skippers Arthur Le Vaillant (2018-2020) and Sam Goodchild (2019-present), we want to support our clients, employees and partners on their quest for performance and excellence. We also recognise the need for awareness and responsibility and our commitment to this project reflects our desire to come together to conserve our planet and its oceans.

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The team’s highlights

Our Successes

Relive the events that have shaped the Leyton Sailing adventure through the commitment and successes of our Team.

Solitaire du Figaro 2020

A gripping and unpredictable race, during which Sam Goodchild knew to show exactly what he was capable of, with an incredible 2nd place in the 2nd round, but who suffered from the whims of the wind, which cost him his place in the general classification.

The 2020 Multi50 Circuit

This season has seen the rise of the Team (Arthur Le Vaillant, Aymeric Chappellier, Christophe Espagnon, Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant and Quentin Ponroy) all the way to their magnificent victory in the Brest Grand Prix

Transat Jacques Vabre 2019

A magnificent 2nd place on Class40 for the Franco/English duo composed of Sam Goodchild and Fabien Delahaye on this transatlantic between Le Havre (France) and Salvador de Bahia (Brasil).

European Tour 2019

A tour of Europe (England, France, Italy, and Spain) with the Figaro Bénéteau 3 Leyton for public relations transactions and exchanges around the group’s commitment.

Route du Rhum 2018

4th place for Arthur Le Vaillant’s 1st Route du Rhum – what a performance!

The upcoming programme

The 2021 season looks exhilarating with the Transat Jacques Vabre between France and Brasil in November being in line of sight.

Members of the team

31 years old – Skipper

Now at the helm of Multi50, this English skipper has been based in France since 2011. Sam grew up on a boat with his family until he was 10 years old and always specialised in offshore racing. His recent results on Figaro have shaken up the French hierarchy that has been in place for many years. Sam is also used to multihulls and has two round-the-world record attempts under his belt aboard giant trimarans. Sam starts his first season in Multi50 this year

40 years old – Team Manager

Experienced and multi-talented sailor and naval engineer, Aymeric takes on the role of Team Manager this year. Bolstered by his experience in Mini 6.50 and Class 40, he notably finished 2nd in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 and 2nd in the Route du Rhum 2018. In 2020, he sailed frequently on the Leyton trimaran as a crew member both during the Grand Prix and the convoying, which allowed him to develop a high level of experience on this boat

The Leyton team is also a Team Manager, a logistics manager, a trainer, and talented team members for crew sailing, without whom nothing would be possible.

The Commitments of the Project

A project consistent with the Group’s commitments

All the actions and activities of the team are consistent with the values of the Leyton Group. That is to say solidarity and excellence, but also the preservation of the environment by using our sailing project as a catalyst for good practices and initiatives focused on working together to create a more sustainable world.

In 2018, for the 1st time in the nautical sector, our energy transition teams wanted to achieve the carbon footprint of our Class40. This was shared with as many people as possible to enable each participant to understand and act in order to reduce the carbon impact of the construction and use of these racing boats. Without this being the purpose of this study, we have chosen to compensate for this impact by planting trees with Reforest’Action.

We asked Leyton Group employees to nominate their friends and family who had gone above and beyond during the Covid-19 crisis. All the nominees will now have a symbolic place on board the Multi50, accompany the Team during their outings at sea, as the 200 employee ‘heroes’ have their names inscribed on the boat’s sails

The Team’s partners 

Numerous partners support the project – a pool of committed financial and technical partners alongside the team.

Numerous partners support the project – a pool of committed financial and technical partners alongside the team.