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Posts Tagged ‘Samantha Davies’

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The world is moving damned quickly; we just got notice from our old South African friends at Aerospective that Romain Attanasio is in Simon’s Town, fixing his rudder – and we’re able to watch it almost in real time.  Romain is NOT out of the race as long as he receives no physical assistance; they say that every Vendee Globe skipper needs the skills of a boatbuilder, and we’re about to find out how good Romain’s are!  The full aerial flyover video is over here.

Here’s a post from Romain’s better half summing up the situation for Attanasio:

A quick update on Romain’s situation. As you can see on the tracker he is heading towards Cape Town. He is aiming precisely for Simonstown (a military town in False Bay to the East of Cape Point.) We know it, as we visited the port during the 2014 Volvo stop-over, so geographically Romain will be able to recognise his landfall and find his bearings, and he remembers that there were moorings there. He is hoping to be able to catch a mooring, but will obviously be ready to anchor if necessary. Then the plan is to remove the broken rudders and asses the damage properly, which will probably involve swimming! At this time of year in Simonstown, it is around 25°C in the daytime and so this will help dry out his broken rudders. He needs to be able to make repairs to the least damaged of the two rudders, to make the blade watertight and vaguely streamlined so that it will not deteriorate further. He will also have to install his spare rudder, which is a delicate operation that will also involve swimming. The critical part of this procedure is to be able to not damage the bearings in the boat. And not be eaten by a shark, of course!

Romain has been assessing the performance and manouverability of his broken rudder and is positive that if he manages to follow his plan, he will be able to continue the race with one clean, new, rudder and one short, damaged but repaired, rudder. This may imply sailing a bit more carefully on whichever tack has the damaged rudder and he will take the weather into consideration when he chooses which side he puts the new rudder back into the boat on.

Romain has the laminating equipment required to make the repair, and has enough food to accept taking a bit longer than planned in the race. He is totally motivated to stay in the race and make this repair “unassisted”. I have notified this fact to the guys in Simonstown who have been very supportive and are passing the message around to “protect” Romain from any enthusiastic by-standers and keep people away from helping him! This is much appreciated.

A big thanks to everyone who has sent us messages, I have forwarded them all to the boat and it really has made a difference to Romain.  I will keep you updated when I have more news.

Sam

 

December 8th, 2016 by admin

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It turns out that the girls of Team SCA didn’t need much to finally get off the snyde and take their first leg victory in the 2015 VOR; a lot of upwind work in a sprint-sized leg that maximized their crew size advantage spelled VICTORY for the team so many of us have been cheering for.

As excited as we are for Sam and team, we’re already annoyed with the VOR’s spin department, who earlier this morning channeled North Korea’s Official News with the headline “Glorious Win Silences Critics”, because it doesn’t. Worse yet, this kind of attitude cuts off the important discussions of gender equality, physiology, and ocean racing for the future.

We will be spending quite a bit of time chatting with Team SCA over the next few weeks to continue to dig into a subject that is very dear to our hearts.  For now, we congratulate everyone on the team from the bottoms of our (sometimes dark) hearts.  Head over to Team SCA Facebook Page to congratulate them yourselves, and if you’re concerned about the poor performance of all the ‘boys’ teams out there, you can discuss their issues in this thread.

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June 11th, 2015 by admin

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The first group of candidates for the all-women’s SCA Volvo Ocean Race team left Southhampton for their training base in Lanzarote yesterday, and judging from the quality of the sailors, this ain’t no publicity stunt-seeking campaign.  You can check out some video of the departure here as well as words from some of the girls, including our favorite racer of all time; Sam Davies.  Will our extreme disappointment losing Sam from the Vendee fleet deliver a silver lining in following the exploits of Cap’n Sam for the next two and a half years?  One can only hope!  We also hope that the second group of candidates – due in to the Canaries in a few weeks – will include at least one of our awesome American racers.  Photo thanks to Rick Tomlinson/SCA.

February 3rd, 2013 by admin

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