Samantha Davies


  • - Nickname: Sam
  • - British by birth
  • - Breton by adoption
  • - More than 25 transatlantic races
  • - 2 round-the-world tours
  • - Skipper of the Initiatives-Coeur
    since 2017

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.

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.

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 in the roxy boat



4th in Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne

Vendée Globe (withdrawal due to damage. Sam finishes the world tour out of the race)


Winner of the Sardinha Cup

7th in the Transat Jacques Vabresailing double-handed with Paul Meilhat

Winner of the ArMen Race


Winner of the Drheam-Cup

Route du Rhum (withdrawal due to damage)

2nd in the Bermuda 1000 Race


6th in the Transat Jacques Vabresailing double-handed with Tanguy de Lamotte


6th in the Volvo ocean Racea round-the-word crewed race


4th in the Vendée Globe

Nicolas Lunven


  • - Nickname: Nico
  • - Born in Vannes
  • - Lives in La Forêt-Fouesnant
  • - 2nd participation in the Transat Jacques Vabre
  • - Double winner of the Solitaire du Figaro
  • - French ocean racing champion
  • - Co-skipper of Initiatives-Cœur
Paul Meilhat on the SMA

Born on 28 November 1982 in a family of sailors, Nicolas caught the sailing passion at an early age. Whilst studying management and administration, he successfully competed in regattas both in France and abroad. His passion led Nicolas to take part in the Solitaire du Figaro in 2007. This edition was crowned by his victory in the Bizuth ranking.
Tenacious and committed, he trains at the Pôle Finistère ocean racing centre in Port-La-Forêt.

Intuitive, rigorous and determined, these assets have led him to brilliantly win the Solitaire du Figaro in 2009 by leading the race from start to finish!
Since this victory, Nicolas is sponsored by Generali, following the family tradition, like his father 35 years ago. In 2017, Nicolas had a flawless season on the Figaro Beneteau circuit: he won the Solitaire du Figaro for the second time, the Solo Maitre Coq for the third time, the Tour de Bretagne (also his second victory) and thus became French Ocean Racing Champion.

On land, Nico is a happy father of three, the last of whom is only a few months old. He embarked on Initiatives-Cœur with the ambition of saving many children.



Winner Ocean Race Europe


2nd in the Transat Jacques Vabre (Imoca)

2nd in the Défi Azimut (Imoca)

2nd in the Rolex Fastnet Race (Imoca)

Winner of the GP Guyader (Imoca)


6th in the Volvo Ocean Race

IRC European Champion

Winner of the Tour de Belle-Ile (Multi 50)


Winner of Solitaire du Figaro

French offshore racing champion

Winner of the Solo Maitre Coq

Winner of the Tour de Bretagne sailing double-handed with Gildas Mahé


2nd in the Transat AG2R La Mondiale sailing double-handed with Gildas Mahé

3rd in the Solitaire du Figaro

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 she met 7-year-old Mireille, brought to the clinic by her grandmother from the Congo to see the French cardiologist in the hope that Mireille could be operated on.

Sam followed each stage of the little girl’s journey, from her arrival in France to her operation, convalescence and return home with her heart repaired.

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 Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque