Samantha
Davies

  • Nicknamed Sam
  • British by birth
  • Breton by adoption
  • More than 25 transatlantic races
  • 2 round-the-world tours
  • At the bar of the Initiatives-Coeur
    since 2017

Life with Sam

Sam was born on 23rd August 1974 in Portsmouth, England, into a seafaring family. Her grandfather was a submarine commander. She took her first steps on her parents’ boat. An accomplished sportswoman, Sam swims, runs and cycles and practices yoga and pilates.

Samantha Davies

An engineering graduate from the University of Cambridge, Sam began her career in competition sailing at the age of 24 with her first round-the-world crewed race (Jules Verne Trophy, 1998). A perfectionist and persevering, she loves speed and holds up well in competition.

Samantha in the roxy boat

Fun-loving and outgoing, Sam loves to share her passion with the public which is obvious in the funny and sometimes somewhat wacky videos she sends during each race.

When on dry land, Sam lives in Trégunc in Brittany, with her six-year-old son Ruben and partner Romain Attanasio, who is also a professional skipper (Famille Mary-Etamie du Lyse).

Samantha, Romain and Ruben

Sam and her many moods

Interesting

Science

Technology

Shipping forecasts

Interesting

Side-splitting

Storms Sailing

Boats of any kind

The Muppet Show

Side-splitting

Annoying

Lies

Pollution

Religious conflicts

Annoying

Relaxing

Sports

swimming in the sea or pool

Spending time with my son

Relaxing

Sam’s achievements

1998

Jules-Verne Trophy

Around-the-world crewed race onboard the Royal & SunAlliance maxi-cat (broken mast off the coast of New Zealand)

Jules-Verne Trophy 1998

2001

11th in Mini-Transat

(Fort-Boyard to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil), solo race without assistance on 6.50 m yachts

2002

6th in the Transat Jacques Vabre

avec Nick Moloney

2004

5th in the Transat AG2R

(two-crew race with Jeanne Grégoire Concarneau to Saint Bathélémy in the West Indies)

2005

5th in the BPE Trophy

(Saint-Nazaire to Cuba)

2006

12th in the Transat AG2R

with Alexis Barrier on the Imoca Roxy

2007

10th in the Transat Jacques Vabre

with Jeanne Grégoire; 7th in the Transat BtoB (Back to Brittany) on the Imoca Roxy

2008

5th in The Transat

(single-handed ocean race across the Atlantic from east to west)

2008-2009

4th in the Vendée Globe

on the Imoca Roxy in 95 days 4 hours and 39 minutes, only 1 hour 20 minutes behind Marc Guillemot

Vendée Globe 2008-2009

2010

4th in the Transat AG2R

with her partner Romain Attanasio on the Imoca Savéol

2011

10th in the Transat Jacques Vabre

with Sidney Gavignet on the Imoca Savéol

2012

Vendée Globe

on the Imoca Salvéol They withdrew after the mast broke

2014-2015

6th in the Volvo Ocean Race

skipper of a female crew in this round-the-world staged one-design race on a Volvo Ocean 65 SCA (20.37 metres long)

Volvo ocean Race 2014-2015

2015

5th in the Transat Jacques Vabre

with Tanguy de Lamotte on the Initiatives-Coeur Imoca

2017

6th in the Transat Jacques Vabre

with Tanguy de Lamotte on the Initiatives-Coeur Imoca

Transat Jacques Vabre 2017

Sam’s outfits

Outfit for the tropics

Sailing in the tropics

Waterproof outfit

Waterproof outfit for deck work

Survival suit

Survival suit for extreme conditions

Sam heartwise

Sam heartwise

A yachtswoman with a social conscience, Sam supports the humanitarian association Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque which enables children with severe heart defects to be operated on in France when it is impossible to do so in their own country for technical or financial reasons.

Sam heartwise

In 2018, Sam participated in a humanitarian mission in a hospital in Burundi during which 120 children were examined. In particular, she met seven-year-old Mireille who was brought to the clinic by her grandmother. They had travelled an entire day from the Congo to meet the French cardiologist in the hope that Mireille might be operated on.

The Initiatives-Coeur team

The Initiatives-Coeur team

Sam has all the support she needs to meet her goals.
An enthusiastic close-knit team to look after every aspect of the racing project.
Whether it’s engineering, electronics, outfitting or rigging, they know what they’re doing.

sponsors K-Line Initiatives associate partners Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque