25 October 2020 - 10:47 • 1819 views



She is English but lives in France. She has a degree in engineering from Cambridge University and cut her teeth in a naval architects office before working with hardware brand Harken. Fourth in the Vendée Globe 2008 her target this time is to beat Armel Le Cléach’s record of 74 days 3 hours. Meet Sam Davies.

Born on 23/08/1974  in Portsmouth
Lives in Tregunc (Finistère).


Studies and professional career off the sail:  I have an engineering degree  from  Cambridge University. I then did an internship with a naval architect and I worked for several years, in the sailing world most especially for Harken the brand of winches and blocks.
My first sailing:  on my parents' boat at the age of two weeks, I can’t remember.  
When and how did you want to race offshore and make it your life project:  Watching the starts and finishes of the  Whitbread Round the World Race, I was lucky enough to be on the water to watch from my parents' boat in among those huge spectator fleets. That really was the race that made me dream. I wanted to work in the naval architecture area, to be a design engineer. The career of pro offshore racer did not really exist at that time. I have always promised myself that if there is one day that I get up and I don't want to go sailing and I am complaining, grumbling and that I am doing it just to make money, I'll stop and do something else. I love sailing so much, I really want it to be always a pleasure.
The result or experience you are most proud of: 4th  on the Vendée Globe in 2008 and having been the skipper of the Team SCA  in the Volvo Ocean Race.

Your main quality in life: to be happy
main flaw:  not answering the phoneI
animal: a pink flamingo  
If you were a plant:  a daffodil  
Your dream of happiness:  To finish my Vendée Globe on January 21 202 1
If You Were a Book:  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Music:  Joker
Color: Pink
Your Hero in Life: Captain Jack Sparrow An
 Aphorism:  Badass Mode
If you weren't an offshore runner, you'd be: Aerospace Engineer


Your ambitions for the Vendée Globe 2020:
save at least 60 children with Initiatives-Coeur and break Armel Le Cleac'h's record
What could prevent you from  achieving this goal (apart from breaking)?  Nothing!  
Your deadly weapon:  my technical team
In three images, the Vendée Globe for you is: going out the channel of Les Sables d’Olonne, The Cape Horn, coming in the channel of Les Sables d’Olonne
Which skipper inspires you: Tracy Edwards who is the skipper of Maiden, who made this great movie that everyone should watch, it is beautiful.
On this race you wouldn't leave without: The four-leaf clover from my son




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