Sailing: on the podium of The Transat, Boris Herrmann and Sam Davies will be serious outsiders for the Vendée Globe

Sailing: on the podium of The Transat, Boris Herrmann and Sam Davies will be serious outsiders for the Vendée Globe
Sailing: on the podium of The Transat, Boris Herrmann and Sam Davies will be serious outsiders for the Vendée Globe

Little by little, the bird makes its nest. Let’s add: without making too much noise. The adage fits like a glove to Boris Herrmann (Malizia – Seaexplorer) and Samantha Davies (Initiatives Coeur) who complete, in New York, the podium of The Transat race starting from Lorient and won by Yoann Richomme (Paprec Arkéa). Far from being the media skippers of the IMOCA fleet, they nonetheless remain sailors who are always (very) well placed in the races on the circuit. Never mind the absences, on The Transat, of Thomas Ruyant (Vulnerable 1) and Sam Goodchild (Vulnerable 2), the early abandonment of Jérémie Beyou (Charal) or the journey, slowed down at the end, of Charlie Dalin (Macif) .

Quietly, Boris Herrmann asserts himself

The German confirms this by taking second place in The Transat, just 2 hours 18 minutes and 59 seconds behind the winner. It must be said that the skipper based in Lorient has stored lots of experience at the helm of his IMOCA launched in the summer of 2022. In difficulty on the Route du Rhum after damage (24th), he continued with The Ocean Race, the crewed world tour with stopovers. At the end of the seven stages, he finished 2nd in the general classification in the summer of 2023. Before continuing with a 7th place, in doubles, on the Jacques Vabre transatlantic, then a 5th position, solo, on Retour à La Base last fall. 5th in the 2020-2021 Vendée Globe, after an unfortunate collision with a fishing boat in the final while he was aiming for the podium, Boris Herrmann asserts himself as a very serious client for the next edition.

Sam Davies, best sailor, and true outsider

Sam Davies can also claim this status, and also that of best sailor in the fleet. She finished on the third step of the podium at 5 hours 51 minutes and 36 seconds behind the winner. At the helm of Initiatives Coeur, launched in the summer of 2022, the British woman continues to climb in the ranking of the last races. Also in difficulty on the Route du Rhum (28th) with a new monohull to deal with and damage to manage, the skipper gained additional experience on Paul Meilhat’s boat (Biotherm) in The Ocean Race, before continue on his monohull on the Jacques Vabre transatlantic (5th with Jack Boutell) and Retour à La Base (6th). A now reliable boat that she has in her hands as evidenced by this 3rd place on The Transat. And, if she encounters no pitfalls on the return transatlantic race from New York to Vendée Les Sables d’Olonne, Samantha Davies will be able to boast of being, among the skippers of new boats, the one who has sailed the most races in the events of the IMOCA championship since the fall of 2021. Fourth in the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe, before abandoning the two following editions, she will undoubtedly be one to follow from next November.

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