• 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




Shipping forecasts



Storms Sailing

Boats of any kind

The Muppet Show





Religious conflicts




swimming in the sea or pool

Spending time with my son


Sam’s achievements


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


11th in Mini-Transat

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


6th in the Transat Jacques Vabre

avec Nick Moloney


5th in the Transat AG2R

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


5th in the BPE Trophy

(Saint-Nazaire to Cuba)


12th in the Transat AG2R

with Alexis Barrier on the Imoca Roxy


10th in the Transat Jacques Vabre

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


5th in The Transat

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


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


4th in the Transat AG2R

with her partner Romain Attanasio on the Imoca Savéol


10th in the Transat Jacques Vabre

with Sidney Gavignet on the Imoca Savéol


Vendée Globe

on the Imoca Salvéol They withdrew after the mast broke


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


5th in the Transat Jacques Vabre

with Tanguy de Lamotte on the Initiatives-Coeur Imoca


6th in the Transat Jacques Vabre

with Tanguy de Lamotte on the Initiatives-Coeur Imoca

Transat Jacques Vabre 2017


on the Initiatives-Cœur Imoca

Winner of the Drheam-cup

Route du rhum

withdrawal from race due to damage


Winner of the Sardinha Cup

with Yann Eliès on the Saint Michel Imoca

7th in the Transat Jacques Vabre

with Paul Meilhat on the Initiatives-Cœur Imoca

Winner of the ArMen Race

on the Initiatives-Cœur Imoca


on the Initiatives-Cœur Imoca

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

Vendée Globe

withdrawal from race due to damage

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