Michel Desjoyeaux wins the Vendee but, huge praise to Brit Samantha Davies & Dee Caffari
Michel Desjoyeaux might be the winner, but the British girls are getting all the attention! Eight years ago Ellen MacArthur sailed into French folklore by finishing second on the Vendee Globe, the solo nonstop round the world race and now in 2009, another Brit Samantha Davies returned in third place on Valentines Day to a heroes welcome having overcome the challenges of the gruelling 24,700 mile journey.
Dee Caffari is also set to make history when she crosses the Vendee Globe finish line in her Open 60 Aviva to become the first woman to sail non-stop round the world in both directions.
Historically, the Vendee Globe winners were always men and in the wake Dame Ellen MacArthur, Sam Davies is the the only other British woman to have finished in a podium position.
Both Samantha and Dee are an inspiration to a generation of young British women, but the world of saiing has produced many other notable figures. The likes of Pete Goss, Humphrey Walters and Tracy Edwards all spring to mind and are all available on the speaking circuit to share their vision, leadership and teamwork strategies. They are amongst the most inspirational and motivational speakers on the circuit today.
Ellen MacCarther is one of Sam's biggest fans. "More so than in any other Vendee Globe, it has been a massive struggle for most boats just to cross the finish line. In an exceptional race, Sam not only managed the boat and herself well enough to do this, but also crossed the line in third place, which is fantastic, especially as at the start in Les Sables d'Olonne she said she would be happy finishing in the top 10...." Click here to read her article in The Times today