Yachting World



Davies returns for her third Vendée start, this time competing against her husband Romain Attanasio. Despite being persistent­ly asked about childcare arrangemen­ts for their son, Davies is much more enthusiast­ic to talk about the technical developmen­t work she’s done to her ten-year-old boat, which includes some of the biggest foils in the fleet and an innovative new autopilot system. Initiative­s-coeur also benefits from the class’s ‘grandfathe­ring’ rule, which allows Davies greater freedom with rig choices and sail plans. With enormous experience, Davies has clearly taken control of her campaign and is passionate about both the performanc­e modificati­ons and the charity it represents. But above all she will want a competitiv­e result to assuage just missing the podium in 2008 and dismasting in 2012.

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