Sam Davies - a madforsailing profile

A fearless uberbowchick
Where were you born? Portsmouth. What’s your date of birth? 23 August 1974. What age did you start sailing? Soon after birth!! What was your first regatta win? Itchenor SC Regatta when I was 16. What’s your biggest championship win? Holder of the Cowes - St Malo World Speed Sailing Record (Royal & SunAlliance). Ranked number one in the ISAF World Match Racing Rankings for most of 1999 (bowman for Shirley Robertson). Any other notable regatta wins you’d like to mention? Won Fastnet Race Class 1 on Chernikeef in 1999, top Sydney 40 at the Admiral's Cup and World Champions in 1999 on Merit Cup. And I have attempted several world records on Royal & SunAlliance (including the Jules Verne.) Where did you grow up? Hayling Island. What job do you do? I sell Harken deck gear (amongst other jobs) at Diverse Yachts (when I’m not sailing!). If you weren’t doing the job you are, what would you be doing instead? Sailing. What other sports do you do outside sailing? Row, swim, cycle. Any other hobbies or interests? Going to the gym. Favourite method of relaxing? Sailing. Favourite bar or pub? The Maypole in Cambridge. What inspired you to take up sailing? Cruising with my Mum and Dad. Where was your first sailing club? Hayling Island. Which class did you first race in? Topper, 420 and an old One Tonner in Lymington. How did you buy your first boat? With the help of a very kind father! Have you ever used a coach? Serge Madec and Ed Danby on RSA, Andy Hemmings, Andy Beadsworth, Ian Budgen and Glyn Charles for Match Racing. While Andrew Cape is helping me a lot with the Mini Transat. Do you have any professional links to the sport? Sometimes. What’s your most memorable moment in sailing? Sailing the 92 foot cat in the Southern Ocean during our Jules Verne attempt on Royal & SunAlliance. Then losing the rig sticks pretty hard in my memory. And my first solo trip