It's good to see British women doing well in the Vendée Globe again. Ellen MacArthur preceded her impressive round the world voyage with a Vendée Globe success.
Sam Davies completed the coure in ninety five days and impressed people by not moaning about hardships but marvelling at the beauty of the natural world. “It sounds strange, but it was easy,” she said. “It felt as I was doing something normal.” It sounds like she was 'in the zone!'
She was closely followed by Dee Caffari who thus became the first woman to sail solo around the world non-stop in both directions, despite having a broken sail.
(Source: The Week, 21/2/09, quoting Andrew Longmore in The Sunday Times and Kate Laven in the Daily Telegraph.)