In: Portsmouth, UK
Status: In a relationship, one child
Something about her that you don't know: Sam's favourite food is French goat cheese salad, Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate, French cheese and the crêpes de chez Marie in Port La Foret, France.
She speaks: English and French.
Who she is: A renowned single-handed sailor. She has competed in two Vendée Globe races, finishing in fourth place in 2008, and has sailed in the challenging Open 60 class for the past 10 years. She was part of the all-female Jules Vernes Trophy attempt in 1998, sailing with Tracy Edwards.
What she said: “This is a great opportunity for women’s sailing and it is the right time to do it with the change in the Volvo Ocean Race rule. With the top-level coaching structure and technical team that is in place, this will help to fast-track our steep learning curve. I really believe we have the opportunity to achieve some amazing results in the next race.”