In December 2005, the Safran group decided to sponsor an ocean racing program, and engaged well-known French skipper Marc Guillemot.
Marc Guillemot © DPPI / Eric Rousseau/ Safran
Apart from the passion for sailing shared by a large number of its staff, Safran has also decided to sponsor ocean racing for the technological and cultural affinities between aviation and sailing. In fact, Safran plunged into the construction of an Open 60 class (sixty-foot) monohull ocean racing yacht, building many of the Group’s leading-edge technologies. In this sense, Safran is not a run-of-the-mill sponsor like others. Its involvement in the project is a unique mix, with extensive technological input from the Group in addition to financial backing.