Discover the Leyton Sailing Team

Give meaning to performance 

Sailing is an exceptional practice.  A bearer of dreams and adventures, this sport is also one of innovation and high-tech.  By rushing towards the oceans and seas of the world with our skippers Arthur Le Valliant and Sam Goodchild, we want to embark our clients, employees and partners on a quest for performance and excellence, but also for sobriety and responsibility.   Our commitment in this project, alongside our skippers and with the enthusiasm of our teams, reflects our desire to act together for the conservation of this planet and its oceans.

The team’s highlights

Our Successes

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

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

A season which saw the rise of Arthur and his team of experts (Aymeric Chappellier, Christophe Espagnon, Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant, Quentin Ponroy) until 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


32 years old – 4th place in the 2018 Route du Rhum

Today at the helm of Multi50, this native of La Rochelle is a musician on land and an outstanding competitor on the water. He is in search of victory as much as being in search of sharing the world and being open to it. He was able to unite the entire Leyton Group and its partners behind him by sharing his love for the oceans.

30 years old – 2nd place in the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre

Today at the helm of Figaro Bénéteau 3, this English skipper has been based in France since 2011. He grew up on a boat with his family until he was 10 years old and has since specialised in offshore racing. His recent results on Figaro have shaken up the French hierarchy that has been in place for many years.

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 the group employees to thank those they are close to for their help during the Covid-19 crisis. From now on, they will have a symbolic place on board the Multi50 and accompany Arthur during his outings at sea, as the 200 employee ‘heroes’ have their name 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.