British yachtswoman is expecting her first baby in September
British skipper Samantha Davies and her partner, French sailor Romain Attanasio, are looking forward to the birth of their first child, a boy that is due to be born in September.
At the age of 36, Sam, who enjoyed great success in the last Vendée Globe – finishing in fourth – is getting ready to face a very different kind of adventure that will be taking her away from the pontoons for a few months. However, the Brit, now living in Brittany, fully intends to continue towards her main sporting goals and says she is aiming for the podium in the next Vendée Globe.
“It was a great surprise to find out that I was going to become a mother. You go through a whole range of feelings. Over the past ten years, each year I have crossed the Atlantic at least once, but here I am now stuck ashore. At the same time, expecting a baby is really exciting. One thing for certain. I’m more worried about being a good mother than a good sailor, ” she commented.
Sam will be taking some time off before returning to the water early next year. Meanwhile, she is continuing to look for the backing required to be there at the start of the next Vendée Globe in November 2012. “I’m fully trained to deal with sleepless nights. It’s not going to be that different from aboard the boat (although maybe more tiring!) and I won’t have to worry about getting my boots on when I get up in the middle of the night.”