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Not all of the Vendee Globe racers are bearded French guys or even the odd bearded North American or Brit. Picture below is Samantha Davies on Roxy in the NE Trades {not sure how to get picture to appear here}.

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News : From the French Radio Broadcast - Vendée Globe
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Sorry here is the address of the picture

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Well, Bruce, I see you're not dead yet!

If that's the kind of body you get solo circumnavigating, I'm surprised it's not more popular.
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Here's the photo:


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Well, Bruce, I see you're not dead yet!

If that's the kind of body you get solo circumnavigating, I'm surprised it's not more popular.
I think that race would be really interesting because changes happen so quickly. They had to fight out of the Bay of Biscay in nasty conditions, but in less than a week they are in the Trades wondering how best to get through the Doldrums. Then it is back into the Trades but with worries about the Southern Ocean and throughout one must be constantly working to keep the boat and its complex equipment operating properly.

Add to this the physical demands of sailing an Open 60. One of the competitors said he had to gybing three times over one night and that each gype takes 2 hours.
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I like Sam's attitude. She looks like she's having fun out there so far, but is still remaining competitive, currently in 12th place. In her audio interviews she's joking with the commentator and having a good time. Her crew left pictures of themselves naked ( with strategically placed items) all through her boat that she would find along the way as she did various tasks.

Too bad about Derek Hatfield at the start having to go back for repairs and now is experiencing electrical problems and is having to ultra conserve power.
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I don't understand, Only 1 American in the fleet?
Sad state of affairs for US Sailing on the Global sceen.

And yes, I enjoyed the photo of Samantha.
Dee Caffari looks to be a hotie as well.

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Samantha is cuter than Dee IMHO.

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Samantha is cuter than Dee IMHO.
But Cuter than my Kelli??

NO!!
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Don't know... can't say...haven't seen your Kelli.
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