December 2005: Safran starts its sponsorship of an ocean racing program alongside skipper Marc Guillemot. January 2014: Safran announces that it will continue this program, with the aim of participating in the 2016 Vendée Globe round-the-world solo race. Safran has chosen the young skipper Morgan Lagravière to take the helm of a brand-new IMOCO Open 60 class ocean racer, which will be launched in late 2014 or early 2015.
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Safran’s ongoing commitment to ocean racing
In addition to its enthusiasm for sailing, shared by many of the Group’s employees, Safran also chose to sponsor an ocean racing boat because of the many technological and cultural affinities between aerospace and maritime endeavors. Reflecting an approach that is unprecedented in ocean racing, Safran took a major role in the construction of its 60-foot monohull racer, including a number of technology transfers. The design of the boat was assigned to the naval architect tandem of Guillaume Verdier and Vincent Lauriot Prévost from the firm VPLP, and it was built at the Larros naval shipyards. The Safran Open 60 ocean racer was launched on August 7, 2007 at the port of Gujan-Mestras in the Arcachon basin (not far from Bordeaux), and officially christened a month later in Le Havre.
The project 2015
Carrying on Safran’s many achievements in this challenging discipline since 2005, the latest project continues to embody the Group’s core values of engagement, teamwork and knowledge transmission. Furthermore, the Safran Sailing Team is extending its scope of action: alongside the IMOCA program, Safran is teaming up with the clothing company Guy Cotten to support the young skipper Gwénolé Gahinet, 29, in the Figaro Bénéteau category.
Safran’s new "sailing team" is based on the complementary profiles of its three skippers: Morgan Lagravière (IMOCA), Gwénolé Gahinet (Figaro Bénéteau), and Marc Guillemot, who will continue to take the helm of the current Safran ocean racer through the 2014 Route du Rhum race. After coaching Morgan Lagravière, Marc Guillemot will hand over the helm in 2015, so that Morgan can get ready for the Vendée Globe in 2016-17. At the same time, Morgan will pass on his long experience in the Figaro class, in terms of strategy, tuning and fatigue management, to the young Gwénolé.
Safran’s aim is to support these young skippers just like it supports its own employees’ career development and professional fulfillment. In fact, this is a vital challenge for Safran, since in the last three years it has hired a number of new employees equal to more than 30% of its total workforce. The Group must now transmit to this new generation the values of innovation and teamwork that have helped make Safran what it is today.
November 20, 2007: Arrival in Bahia, 2nd in the Transat Jacques Vabre (duo with Charles Caudrelier Benac).
December 14, 2007: Arrival in Port-La-Forêt, 5th in the Transat Ecover B to B
May 26, 2008: Arrival in Boston, 4th in the Artemis Transat
February 16, 2009: Arrival in Sables d’Olonne, 3rd in the Vendée Globe
November 24, 2009: Arrival in Puerto Limon (Costa Rica), 1st in The Transat Jacques Vabre 2009 (duo with Charles Caudrelier Benac)
July 1st, 2010 Arrival in Barcelona (Spain) 1st in the "Vuelta a España a Vela"
November 15, 2010 : Arrival in Pointe-à-Pitre (La Guadeloupe), 3rd in the Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale
June 11-18, 2011, 1st in the Round Britain and Ireland Record
November 19, 2011 : Arrival in Puerto Limon (Costa Rica), 6th in The Transat Jacques Vabre (duo with Yann Eliès)
December 15, 2011Transat BtoB, 5th (Arrival at the security point off Spain)
July 6, 2013 Arrival at Cape Lizard, Winner of the North Atlantic Record (8 days, 5 hours, 20 min. and 20 sec.)
November 24, 2013 : Arrival in Itajaï (Brazil), 2nd in the Transat Jacques Vabre (duo with Pascal Bidégorry)
Joint development and construction
Gwénolé, Marc, Morgan et Thierry Brault (team manager) working on the design of the deck of the new boat. | © Mark Llyod / DPPI / Safran
The new Safran boat, designed by the naval architects VPLP and Guillaume Verdier, is being developed in partnership with Banque Populaire in order to share development and production costs for a single hull mold. This partnership between the two sponsors reflects a shared objective of reducing construction costs, while also developing innovative, highly competitive boats offering outstanding performance. The naval shipyard CDK will handle construction.
Further information on the Safran Sailing Team skippers, Marc Guillemot, Morgan Lagravière and Gwénolé Gahinet, along with the new project.
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