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2012 – 2013 Vendée Globe

Marc Guillemot is at the start of this 7th round-the-world solo race Vendée Globe. The skipper would be sailing his second race at the helm of the Safran IMOCA 60 class ocean racer.

With the starting gun sounding at 1:32 pm off the coast of Les Sables d'Olonne, Safran made a successful departure, and Marc Guillemot was in the lead after the first half-hour!


Forced to withdraw

But at 5:45 pm, Marc called his shore team to tell them he had felt a shock and heard a noise, quickly followed by the boat listing dangerously to one side. The boat sailed back to port, where the shore team quickly saw that the keel had broken off under the waterline. Without a spare keel at hand, Safran had to withdraw from the race. It was towed to its home port of Trinité-sur-Mer in Brittany and placed in dry dock to investigate the remaining parts of the keel and understand the reason for its break.


2008 – 2009 Vendée Globe

On November 9, 2008, at 1:02 pm, the Safran IMOCA 60 Class ocean racer with Marc Guillemot at the helm weighed anchor for the first time in an attempt to win this mythic round-the-world sailing race. And the race already looked like the event of the century, with 30 outstanding competitors crossing the start line.


Marc Guillemot transformed this daunting sports challenge into an incredible human story.

His adventures included running into a sea mammal that undoubtedly caused the loss of his keel over 1,000 nautical miles from the finish line, assisting his wounded fellow competitor, Yann Eliès, making several halts to  repair the mainsail rail, each time climbing to the top… but in the end Marc still finished on the podium, in third place.


Safran, a podium finish

After 95 days at sea, Marc Guillemot took third place in the 6th Vendée Globe, a very emotional ride. He shared the podium with Michel Desjoyeaux (1st on Foncia) and Armel Le Cleac'h (2nd on Brit Air).

Saving Yann Eliès (2008 – 2009)

After a radio call from race management, Marc Guillemot immediately changed Safran's heading to help Yann Eliès, who had seriously injured his left leg and was immobilized inside the cabin. Marc's presence reassured the Generali skipper while awaiting Australian rescue teams.

Download the Vendée Globe 2008- 2009 press kit

Download the Vendée Globe 2011- 2012 press kit

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