New Artemis Offshore Racing Line-up Includes Sam Davies

In recent years, a new model has begun to emerge in sailing. Rather than take a risk with one boat and one team in one class, some teams are leveraging a core brand across multiple disciplines. America’s Cup teams have used the iShares Cup as training, while Bahrain Team Pindar spreads it’s visibility across the World Match Racing Tour and Open 60 racing.

But probably the best example is Offshore Challenges. With Ellen Macarthur, Seb Josse and Nick Maloney on board, the team competes in different boats in different classes at different times and gives their sponsors a bigger platform to achieve their marketing goals.

Now that the OC Group is running Artemis Ocean Racing, they are applying a similar model to bring together multiple skippers under the Artemis Ocean Racing brand with the aim to promote British short-handed sailing talent.

Charles Darbyshire, Project Manager for Offshore Challenges:

“In offshore sailing there is a clear evolutionary cycle… Ellen MacArthur kick-started her career in the Mini Transat and if you look at all the top French IMOCA sailors, this overall progression, in particular through the Figaro, is how they have attained a level of excellence.”

Mark Tyndall, CEO, Artemis Investment Management:

“Central to the development of the Artemis Ocean Racing campaign is to support and encourage British sailors wherever they are on the professional sailing ladder. With our support, we hope they reach their full potential, and both in the short term and longer term reap the rewards from our backing.”

Three new British sailors, Nick Bubb, Sam Davies and Ollie Bond, have joined Jonny Malbon in the Artemis Ocean Racing Team for the next 6 months to the end of the current programme – skippers and boats that cover a spectrum of British talent and short-handed events.

Jonny Malbon:

“Whilst of course I’m disappointed to not do the TJV on the IMOCA 60, I am learning so much sailing the Figaro, and I’m really looking forward to the race at the end of this month. Its an amazing opportunity to learn, up against some of the very best solo sailors.”

Samantha Davies:

“This is a great opportunity for me to race on board a latest generation IMOCA 60… But Artemis is a powerful boat that drew a lot of attention before the Vendée and it will be a very interesting experience and learning curve for me and I hope to be able to contribute to the evolution of the Artemis racing team for the future,”

“Joining the Artemis team for this phase of their programme is a great opportunity from both a technical and sporting perspective.”

Davies’ co-skipper Frenchman, Sidney Gavignet, is a seasoned professional racer in both short-handed (Barcelona World Race 2007 and former Figaro sailor) and the crewed offshore scene (Volvo Ocean Race):

“It is a great challenge to do a race like the TJV on a boat like Artemis, and I think racing alongside Samantha we will make a good team.”

Programme of events and CV highlights:

Samantha Davies (GBR): skipper Artemis Ocean Racing II

  • Artemis Challenge (5 August 09)
  • Fastnet (9 August 09)
  • Transat Jacques Vabre (November 09)

Sidney Gavignet (FRA): co-skipper Artemis Ocean Racing II

  • Artemis Challenge (5 August 09)
  • Fastnet (9 August 09)
  • Transat Jacques Vabre (November 09)

Jonny Malbon (GBR): skipper Artemis Figaro

  • Solitaire du Figaro (July/August 09))
  • Round Brittany Race (September 09)

Nick Bubb (GBR): préparateur for Jonny Malbon’s Solitaire du Figaro Co-skipper Round Brittany (September 09)

Ollie Bond (GBR): Skipper Artemis Mini 6.50

  • Class 40 Les Sables-Madeira-Les Sables (July 09)