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Samantha Davies / Savéol

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Savéol / <small>© François Chevalier</small>
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Savéol has already competed in the Vendee Globe twice and clocked up countless nautical miles. Roland Jourdain won the 2005 Calais Round Britain Race and the 2006 Route du Rhum with her when she was still called Veolia. B. Hermann and R. Breymaier also finished 5th in the 2010-2011 Barcelona World Race at the helm of this 60’ monohull (Neutrogena). Since then, Savéol has undergone major optimisation work, including a keel change.

Former names: Sill 2, Veolia Environnement, Neutrogena
Designer: Marc Lombard
Construction: JMV Industries
Launch date: 2004
Length: 18.28 m
Beam: 5.512 m
Draught: 4.5 m
Displacement (weight): 8.988 tons
Centreboards: Not available
Mast height: 27.5 m
Keel Blade: Stainless steel
Sail area upwind: 306 sq metres
Sail area downwind: 591 sq metres


Nationality : English
Résidence : Concarneau (Finistère)
Age : 8/23/1974 in Portsmouth
Boat : Savéol
Website : www.saveol-samdavies.com
Vendée Globe Wins and Performances : Second entry in the Vendée Globe (4th in 2008-2009)

Samantha Davies – the only female skipper competing in this 7th edition - emerged in the public eye during the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe. Yet sailing specialists were already familiar with her name, especially in Brittany, where she is based. Born in Great-Britain, she took advantage of her Saint-John College training in Cambridge as an engineer and made sure there was not a sailing technique or technical element she could not deal with. Her great experience of the sea helped her become an offshore sailing figure to be reckoned with but what made her become the public’s darling is a little something extra she has: her joie de vivre, her happiness when she’s at sea and her natural charms. These characteristics, along with her composure and her sense of humour and of fun self-deprecation, have contributed to the popularity of the petite yachtswoman on the docks.

    “2009 Yachtsman of the year”

But “mischievous Sam” will never prevent “Determined Sam” from reaching her main goal: get the best results she can. She made that very clear when she finished fourth in the 2008-2009 Vendee Globe. Voted “2009 Yachtsman of the year”, the British girl owes her reputation to her rich experience on various boats, sailing on every single sea, and she now has many races and records under her belt. During the 2010 Transat AG2R, she caught the attention of Savéol, who decided to sponsor the 2012-2013 Vendee Globe participation of this outstanding sportswoman, along with a group of other partners. Surrounded with the same team since 2006, Sam will therefore have another opportunity to “rush to the finish line and leave as many yachts as possible behind!”

Wins and Performances

2nd place in the ArMen Race

10th place in the Transat Jacques Vabre (with S. Gavignet)

4th place in the Transat AG2R (with R.Attanasio)

Women’s record of the British Isles and Ireland Tour
Yachtsman of the Year

4th place in the Vendée Globe
Record of the British Isles and Ireland Tour

5th place in the Artemis Transat

7th place in the Transat B to B

10th place in the Transat Jacques Vabre (J.Grégoire)
Women’s record of the British Isles and Ireland Tour

5th place in the Trophée BPE

5th place in the Transat AG2R

6th place in the Transat Jacques Vabre (with N.Moloney)


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