Sam Davies' Open 60 launched ahead of Artemis Transat

After a three month winter refit in Lorient, Sam Davies’ Open 60, ‘Roxy’ is now finally back in the water. After a busy year of racing in 2007, ‘Roxy’ went into the shed in January in France in preparation for The Artemis Transat and looking ahead to Sam’s Vendee Globe challenge at the end of the year.

Portsmouth born Sam Davies, 33, is the only British sailor to be part of a top level French solo racing base in Brittany where she trains on and off shore all year round, alongside some of the best French skippers in the world.

In 2007 she became the first British skipper to qualify and the fifth confirmed entry for the ‘Vendee Globe’ 2008.

Prior to the ‘Vendee Globe’, Sam will compete in the world’s oldest solo race, ‘The Artemis Transat’. Dating back to 1960, the single-handed transatlantic race from the UK to USA sets the stage for one of the most exiting offshore races in history. Sam will leave French waters at the end of April to deliver ‘Roxy’ to Plymouth before she sets sail for the 2,800 mile trip to Boston on Sunday 11th May.

Keep up to date with her progress here