Samantha Davies' dream of winning the solo around-the-world Vendee Globe sailing race came to a sudden end Thursday, but her family knows the skipper will "bounce back quickly."
The emotions were complex on the departure dock at the Vendee Globe. The skippers inspire confidence; their talent and resourcefulness are beyond dispute.
New mom Samantha Davies faces three months of solitude and danger as the lone woman in the Vendee Globe, the only solo, nonstop, around-the-world sailing race.
The 2011 Tour de France will start with a flat stage in the Vendee region on the western coast.
British sailor Dee Caffari became the first woman to sail around the world solo in both directions when she finished sixth Monday in the Vendee Globe.
French skipper Michel Desjoyeaux won the Vendee Globe solo around-the-world yacht race after more than 80 days battling rough seas and high winds.
French sailor Vincent Riou lost his mast in the Vendee Globe race and was towed to safety Thursday by a Chilean patrol boat after rescuing a fellow competitor from a capsized boat.
French skipper Jean Le Cam was freed from his capsized yacht in a daring rescue by a rival west of Cape Horn in the Vendee Globe solo around-the-world race on Tuesday.
Yannick Bestaven abandoned the Vendee Globe solo around-the-world yacht race, the third French skipper to quit after losing his mast.
Four Frenchmen led the Vendee Globe solo around-the-world yacht race after the first day.
Bruce Schwab became the first American to complete the around-the-world Vendee Globe regatta.