Samantha DAVIES


Samantha DAVIES

45 years old


What if it was her ? Ever since Lady Ellen MacArthur’s fantastic second place in 2000-2001, no other woman has managed to get up on the Vendée Globe podium. Sam Davies is the only one to have brushed the exploit in 2008-2009, seizing fourth place thanks to her talent and considerable energy. Although her second Vendée Globe in 2012-2013 ended much too early with her dismasting, the British sailor continues to be among favorites as soon as she gets set for a race. Could 2020 be her edition ?


Aboard a boat with a strong record dating from 2010, the English yachtswoman is perfectly able to mingle in the struggle with the front-runners. And why not more if the ocean decided to shuffle the cards again, as it often does between two editions. Since 2012, Sam hasn’t stopped learning, entering the Volvo Ocean Race in an all-female crew, intensifying sailing on boats led by renowned skippers to fetch, almost systematically, a position on the podium.

Last year, Sam took command of the IMOCA60 Initiatives-Coeur following Tanguy de Lamotte, fitting in the project with surprising ease. Since her last Vendée Globe, Sam has also taken the time to bring up Ruben, the child she had with her companion, Romain Attanasio. She gave Romain the opportunity to compete in his first Vendée Globe in 2016-2017. He will also take the start of the next Vendée Globe ; a couple entering together for the first time in the race. If the adventure continues as a fairy tale, who knows if we might see, in a few editions, a Vendée Globe welcoming mother father and son in Port Olona ?



IMOCA monohull

  • Sail number : FRA109
  • The boat’s previous names: Maître CoQ - Banque Populaire VII- Foncia II
  • Designer: VPLP - Verdier
  • Chantier : CDK Technologies
  • Launch Date: 20 September 2010
  • Length: 18,28m
  • Beam: 5,90m
  • Draught: 4,50m
  • Displacement (weight): 7,8t
  • Number of drifts: foils
  • Mast height: 29m
  • Keel blade: acier forgé
  • Upwind sail area: 300m2
  • Downwind sail area: 600m2

Sam Davies has inherited one of the most emblematic boats among IMOCA boats. Developed for Michel Desjoyeaux, it quickly took on the colours of Banque Populaire, and, with a four-hour difference, could have made Armel Le Cléac’h the winner of the Vendée Globe 2012-2013. But it was François Gabart’s first appearance and his glittering victory. The 60-foot boat then took on the colours of Maître-Coq, and Jérémie Beyou brought it to second place in the Transat Jacques-Vabre 2015, then to first place in the Transat New York – Les Sables d’Olonne, and to third place in the Vendée Globe 2016-2017. Developed in 2010, is this boat too old to seek a position on the podium again ? Specialists will say otherwise : in the meantime, new gauge rules regulate the new boats, giving older boats some leeway which allows them to remain competitive. Sam will thus be well equipped for her third Vendée Globe.

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