Morgan Lagravière, an exceptionally talented skipper

Morgan Lagravière, a young skipper with an already impressive track record, was chosen in early 2014 to fly Safran’s colors in the IMOCA Open 60 class, especially for the next Vendée Globe solo round-the-world race in 2016. He is one of the most promising skippers of his generation.

 

 

Morgan Lagravière was one of the youngest competitor in the 2016 Vendée Globe round-the-world solo race.
 
Morgan Lagravière, a young skipper was chosen in early 2014 to fly Safran’s colors in the IMOCA Open 60 class.

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. 
Morgan Lagravière
 
 

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.

 

Morgan's record on the Safran Open 60 monohull

  • 2016

Vendée Globe : abandonment after 18 days of race in the lead group

9th in the New York - Vendée solo race

 

  • 2015

4th in the Transat St Barth – Port-la-Forêt
Transat Jacques Vabre - abandonment
2nd in the SNSM record
3rd in the Rolex Fastnet Race

 

Morgan's career highlights

 
  • 2014

1st in the SPI Ouest France race (on J80)

Winner of the St Barth Cata Cup (on F18)

  • 2013

3rd in the Solitaire du Figaro-Eric Bompard Cachemire (1st in the Gijon–Roscoff leg)

  • 2012

2nd in the Solitaire du Figaro-Eric Bompard Cachemire

Champion of France in solo ocean racing

  • 2011

1st first-time participant in the Solitaire du Figaro-Eric Bompard Cachemire

  • 2008 to 2010

Member of the French Olympic sailing team (49ER class)

  • 2006

Champion of France in Open 5.70

  • 2004 to 2006

Sports academy (sailing) – Marseille and Antibes

  • 2002 to 2003

World junior champion in the 420 class