Samantha Davies and Tanguy de Lamotte, on course for Barcelona
The British sailor has confirmed her pre-registration for the Barcelona World Race 2018/19 teaming up with French yachtsman Tanguy de Lamotte. The exceptional duo join the list of 15 teams who have also announced entries for the double-handed round the world regatta in 2018/19.
Samantha Davies (Portsmouth, 1974) is one of the world’s most experienced yachtswomen who is well-liked and well-known for her tenacity and competitive edge.
Samantha Davies surprised and delighted transoceanic sailing fans in 2008 with a fantastic fourth place finish in the Vendée Globe with Roxy, a boat which was built two generations behind the latest models racing in the round the world solo challenge. The British sailor returned for the next edition of sailing’s ‘Everest’ but was unfortunately forced to abandon the race when her yacht was dismasted.
Sam, as she is known to her friends in the world of transoceanic sailing, started off in the Mini-Transats before moving onto the IMOCA yachts. As well as the Vendée Globe, Sam has also raced IMOCAs in four Transat Jacques Vabre regattas. She was also team captain of the Team SCA crew in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014.
an exceptional co-skipper, Tanguy de Lamotte (Versailles, 1978). The pair know each other well having already joined forces for the Transat Jacques Vabre 2015 and 2017. Tanguy is a naval architect and began racing the oceans when he built his own Mini Class boat for the Mini-Transat 2005. He then moved into the Class40s, also building a boat for himself. He soon became an expert in the 40 footers and won the World Championship in 2008, the Solidaire du Chocolat 2009 and the Fastnet Race in 2007 and 2010. He joined the IMOCA class in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2013, later taking on the Vendée Globe 2013, finishing in a respectable 10th place. In the latest edition of the round the world solo challenge he was unfortunately forced to withdraw with rigging damage.