The TJV's dark horse

We speak to Sam Davies about racing the mighty Artemis
After her incredible performance in the Vendee Globe, coming fourth in an eight year old boat, Sam Davies is currently the hot property in British solo offshore racing. While last month her contract came to an end with her Vendee sponsor Roxy - reluctantly on both sides – so in July, Sam was approached to race the Artemis Ocean Racing IMOCA 60 with French Volvo Ocean Race veteran Sidney Gavignet in the Transat Jacques Vabre, taking over from Jonny Malbon, who is now Figaro sailing. “If they could sign me a cheque to buy me a new boat tomorrow they would, because they loved it and got so much out of it,” says Sam of her relationship with Roxy. “The CEO regretted not putting Quicksilver [Roxy’s sister brand] on the side of the boat too, because it was such a big success. It is not even credit crunch-related. They had a problem with another brand, Rossignol, which means they are in a bit of financial difficulty, which they are dealing with, but it means they have to tow the line.” Sam remains a Roxy ambassador and it is possible that when times are better, they will return. In the meantime she has set up a company called MySamantha with team manager Xavier David, who is hunting for a new 2012-13 Vendee Globe sponsor for her with the aim of building a new boat, probably a Verdier design. Sam says any money she earns currently from presentations and other work is being ploughed back into MySamantha to keep what she calls “her Roxy boys” together. “The Vendee was so successful most people think we are already building a new boat,” she says. “That is one of the hard things to get across. There may be people who would like to join our