Hurricanes are just part of the challenge

Ned and Sam Goodchild
Ned and Sam Goodchild

HURRICANES, lack of sleep and one person for company - that’s just part of the challenge ahead for one Pulborough man.

Ned Collier Wakefield, 23, is hoping to sail 4,500 miles across the Atlantic in just 26 days.

His companion is friend Sam Goodchild, 21, making them the youngest team to compete in the 2011 Transat Jaques Vabre (TJV) Le Havre to Costa Rica.

Talking to The County Times about the challenge, Ned, who has already won a transatlantic race earlier skippering a six man team, said there are three aspects to the endurance challenge.

The first is physical, ‘two two people doing the job of six’.

Second comes the mental trial of coping with a lack of sleep.

And finally there is the tactical element. “Thinking where we are going, where the others are and what the best route to take is,” said Ned.

For the young sailor it is ‘dream come true’ to be involved, especially as many of his heroes, such as Vincent Riou, Mike Golding, and Jean-Pierre Dick, are also taking part.

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