Morgan Lagravière, an exceptionally talented skipper
Morgan Lagravière will be one of the youngest competitor in the 2016 Vendée Globe round-the-world solo race.
Morgan Lagravière, born on Reunion Island in 1987, moved to France at 16 to attend a sports academy. He quickly won several world championships, along with the title of French junior champion. Based on these accomplishments, he was chosen in 2008 as a member of the French Olympic sailing team.
Selected to represent the Vendée region in the Figaro Bénéteau category, Morgan became the French solo ocean racing champion as early as his second season. So it was only natural that he has now shifted his focus to the IMOCA class of 60-foot monohull racing boats — the top of the line for solo ocean racing.
Taking over from a skipper like Marc Guillemot and flying the colors of one of French industry's top companies on the world's oceans is a great honor — and an even greater personal challenge.
A modern-day adventurer
Morgan's accomplishments are characterized by perseverance and consistency. As a former member of the French Olympic sailing team, Morgan really embodies the three Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. He is widely known for his open mind, curiosity and commitment to making even a solo victory a team effort. While winning is what primarily drives him, his experience as a sailing instructor has given him a lasting passion for passing on his knowledge and helping people. These values are closely aligned with those of Safran, where performance is inextricably linked with the ability to work as a team.