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Davies bags fifth in Transat race

Sam Davies arrives in Boston. Photo: OnEdition.
Davies took 15 days 10 hours to cross the Atlantic

Solo sailor Sam Davies claimed fifth place and was the first woman and first Briton home in the prestigious Artemis Transat race from Plymouth to Boston.

Davies took 15 days, 10 hours to complete the 2,800 mile crossing of the north Atlantic in her Open 60 Roxy.

The 34-year-old, who will compete in the Vendee Globe later this year, was three days behind winner Loick Peyron.

"Sam's dogged determination is a threat whenever she is racing," said British sailing legend Sir Robin Knox Johnston.

Davies, who has now completed 15 transatlantic voyages, said: "Many aspects of the race were totally unexpected.

I feel like I have sailed a clever race and I am proud of my tactical choices, and my boat-handling

Sam Davies

"I had fun and enjoyed some great sailing but at times got really frustrated. I guess this is what you come to expect being an offshore sailor.

"I feel like I have sailed a clever race and I am proud of my tactical choices, and my boat-handling. I have had such a great time and learnt more and more about Roxy.

"I feel totally at home onboard and I am looking forward with eagerness to the Vendee Globe. I am sad that this race is so short because I could have happily carried on sailing but I am looking forward to enjoying a nice meal, a hot bath and a soft pillow."

Davies was one of six British skippers entered in the oldest solo sailing race, which has been held every four years since 1960.

But only three - Davies, Dee Caffari and Steve White - made it to the start line on 11 May among a French-dominated fleet of 13 boats.

Caffari finished eighth in 16 days two hours, while White was ninth and in last place after the retirement of four boats.

Davies's next target is the Vendee Globe, the solo non-stop around the world race which brought Ellen MacArthur global recognition, starting from France in November.

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