Sam Davies has won the 2009 Ladies Day Trophy at Cowes Week

British yachtswoman Sam Davies has won the 2009 Ladies Day Trophy award at Cowes Week. The award, which celebrates the achievements and contribution of women in sailing, is now in its fourth year.

Sam won this special award for her outstanding achievements as one of the world’s most talented female offshore sailors. Onboard Roxy she completed her first solo, non-stop round the world Vendée Globe race earlier this year in an incredible time of just over 95 days.

In doing so she posted the second fastest time ever for a female Vendée Globe skipper, narrowly missing out on Ellen MacArthur’s record of 94 days and 4 hours after becoming stranded in light winds during the final days of the race.

Other nominees this year included Dee Caffari, Pip Hildesley, Hilary Lister, Jane Lofts, Natalie Jobling and Helen Wester.