In the last Vendee Globe, Sam Davies delivered incredible value to her sponsor Roxy. The investment by the womens outdoor sports brand was relatively small compared to some Open 60 campaigns, but due to Sam’s performance on the water and engaging media updates, the company would have achieved a very high return on investment. While Sam is still an ambassador for the brand, the step up in budget for a new boat is out of reach of the company, so Davies has been looking at other options for the next Vendee Globe.
In an interview on the official Vendee Globe website, Sam talks about a new plan to purchase a 2nd hand boat to compete in the next edition of the solo round the world race.
The Open 60 formerly known as Roxy is currently moored in Port la Forêt, but Sam Davies hopes to complete the sale of her beloved monohull in the coming days. The boat is then expected to start the Barcelona Race in the hands of another skipper.
Like many Open 60 sailors, particularly those in the UK, Davies is finding it difficult to raise sponsorship budget for the amounts required for a new build. She says:
I had dreamt of building a new boat, but for the moment it’s not that easy to get the funding together. That was particularly so last year, when it was really hard to interest sponsors. The time limit I set myself to start work on a new boat was 15th July, so now I’ve switched to the second option, which is to set sail aboard a good second-hand boat. I have found some investors, but we haven’t yet got the final budget together. We’re talking about a project with several joint sponsors and I’m looking for some more. I’ve got a few ideas and I hope they will work out in the next couple of months.
Xavier David, who was previously the Roxy project director is still working with Sam, looking for partners. Meanwhile, Sam has been busy sailing:
I’ve had a lot of meetings and have been sailing a lot too: the Round Britain Record with Aviva, the Transat Jacques Vabre with Sydney Gavignet on Artemis and the Transat AG2R with my partner Romain Attanasio.
Now that Davies is looking to buy a boat rather than build one, she has a few in mind:
I’m not the only one, but I’m looking at the new Foncia, which is due to be launched in the next few days. She is bound to be the most expensive of the lot, as she will be the only boat from the latest generation that is up for sale. Apart from her, I’m looking closely at the first Foncia, which will be back on the market after the Barcelona. Things worked out well last time with one of Mich’s former boats (Editor’s note : Roxy was in fact PRB, the winner in 2000 and 2004), so I’d quite like to buy one of the two Foncias. All of the good boats that will potentially be up for sale are currently lining up for the Route du Rhum or the Barcelona World Race. Even if I find the money tomorrow, I won’t be able to start sailing until next spring. So this winter I think I’ll be training on a Figaro or a 40-foot boat. That will make it easier to get through this waiting period.
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