Return to the Figaro

Sam Davies is to set off on the Transat AG2R La Mondiale this weekend
Sam Davies heads back to sea this weekend co-skippering the Figaro Savéol with boyfriend Roman Attanasio in the Transat AG2R La Mondiale doublehanded race from Concarneau, NW France to St Barts in Caribbean. “I am looking forward to it,” says Sam. “But I look forward to every Transat I do. It seems ages like I was last properly at sea, even though it was only November [when she and Sydney Gavignet wrestled the beefy Artemis Open 60 across the Atlantic in the Transat Jacques Vabre]. "And it is great to be back in the Figaro. One of the reasons I wanted to do this, wasn’t just to do the race, but to do all the training and to get back into the good habits of the Figarists - fine tuning and trimming, tons of things you just don’t have time to do because its physically just not possible on big boats. Sailing one designs shorthanded in close contact is brilliant and now they have this waypoint in it is going to be even closer than normal.” The AG2R’s route this year has changed, to incorporate a ten mile long gate between the most northwesterly Canary island of La Palma and a point at 29N 00.00 17W 52.00. This will serve to prevent the monster 1000 mile lateral split across the race course that often happens in such transatlantic races and if it restricts skipper’s freedom in their tactical options it will serve to keep the racing closer. Also Olivier de Kersauson’s ocean-going powerboat is shadowing the race with a TV crew on board and this will allow them a better chance of staying in contact with the majority of the fleet. So the possibility of taking a northerly option or going to the east of the Canaries are now no longer possible. “It