Offshore Challenges' new skipper

A new Figaro sailor close to home for The Daily Sail

Friday January 3rd 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
Maiden 2 crew woman and The Daily Sail contributor Sam Davies is the latest addition to the Offshore Challenges Sailing Team stable, alongside Ellen MacArthur and Nick Moloney. The move comes following Davies' desire to campaign a Figaro on the French singlehanded one design circuit this year. She is the first British to undertake a Figaro campaign since the likes of Clare Francis in the early 1980s.

"This is a big and important step for me," she says. "Since the Mini Transat, I've wanted to get back out there and push myself short-handed, and offshore again. The Figaro is the perfect class to test all my sailing skills.

"Ellen and Offshore Challenges opened my eyes to the short-handed world of racing in 1998 when I was part of her Route du Rhum shore team. I am looking forward to being part of the team again!"

Aside from her big cat sailing, Davies was a regular crew on Shirley Robertson's match racing team and is a sought after bow person on Solent race boats. She took part in the 2001 Mini Transat finishing 11th aboard Andrew Cape's Aberdeen Asset Management.

"The opportunity to join the Offshore Challenges Sailing Team is fantastic - the backup and support that this team provides is something that will be essential for the Figaro, and hopefully it will enable me to achieve my best in new areas of the sport and continue to enjoy my sailing."

Offshore Challenges are expecting to receive their brand new Figaro boat later this month. The race will then be on tune the boat up ready for the first race of the season the two handed Tour de Bretagne from 5-13 April and the Trophée Banque Privée Européenne two handed race from St Nazaire to Dakar in Senegal.

Offshore Challenges' Mark Turner comments on his new skipper: "Sam is the perfect skipper for us to support as we attempt to enter this circuit. Her mix of offshore and inshore experience, and the solo experience of the Mini on top, will I am sure hold us in good stead as we start to learn how to compete in this Class, totally dominated by the French skippers for the past decade. Sam's ethos of 'achieve her best' regardless of the discipline, but enjoy it along the way, also fits with the sporting objectives of Offshore Challenges. As with Ellen and Nick, we'll support Sam wherever she heads in the future – and make it as easy as we can for her to achieve the results she wants, on and off the water."

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