Transat Jacques Vabre 2015

At 1330hrs off Le Havre, Morgan Lagravière and Nicolas Lunven crossed the start-line of the Transat Jacques Vabre, their first major race in an IMOCA.

A first race for the new Safran 

The 12th Transat Jacques Vabre will start from Le Havre on October 25, 2015, heading for Itajai, south of Sao Paulo in Brazil.

New Safran skipper Morgan Lagravière will be making his debut in this two-handed transatlantic race at the helm of the brand-new Safran IMOCA 60 ocean racer, teaming up with Nicolas Lunven.

This year's version totals some 5,400 nautical miles, equivalent to one-fourth of a circumnavigation – good practice for the upcoming round-the-world trial. 

The Safran duo

Morgan Lagravière: biography 

Nicolas Lunven: co-skipper

Nicolas Lunven is 33 and lives in La Forêt-Fouesnant, in the Brittany region of France. Already well known in the French sailing association, FFVoile, he will team up with Morgan Lagravière at the helm of the Safran Open 60 ocean racer for the 2015 Transat Jacques Vabre.
Born into a family of sailors, Nicolas was inculcated into the fraternity from his childhood. He rang up a successful track record in a number of regattas, including the Tour de France à la Voile and RORC races. He made his debut in the Solitaire du Figaro in 2007, winning the Bizuth class.

Nicolas won the Solitaire du Figaro on his third try in 2009, when he was only 26, against an impressive field of competitors. Since then, flying the colors of the insurance company Generali, he has racked up a series of podium finishes. In just a few short years, he became a benchmark in the demanding Figaro Bénéteau class.

Reaching further!

With unbounded curiosity and passion, Nicolas constantly expands his range of experiences and classes (IMOCA 60', Moth à foil, J80, Class 40, etc.). The Breton skipper has also participated in a number of international races, including the Rolex Sydney-Hobart (2nd in 2012) and the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015.

After sailing the Transat Jacques Vabre doubled-handed with Morgan Lagravière on Safran, in 2016 Nicolas will once again take the helm of the Figaro class Generali.


When I sail, above all I want to enjoy myself and feel that I'm doing my best.

Nicolas Lunven

Prize-list (selected results)

  • 2014

Volvo Ocean Race: Alicante – Cape Town leg
5th Transat AG2R

  • 2013

2nd Solo Concarneau
3rd Rolex Fastnet Race Class 40

  • 2012

Winner of the Solo Concarneau
2nd Rolex Sydney-Hobart
3rd Solitaire du Figaro
3rd French solo ocean racing championship

  • 2011

Winner of the Solo Les Sables
4th Solitaire du Figaro
3rd French solo ocean racing championship
5th Rolex Sydney-Hobart
5th Transat Bénodet-Martinique

  • 2010

Winner of the Solo Les Sables
6th Transat AG2R, with Jean Le Cam

  • 2009

Winner of the Solitaire du Figaro
4th Tour de France à la Voile

  • 2008

2nd  Tour de France à la Voile
5th Transat AG2R, with Jeanne Grégoire


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