Two IMOCA innovative boats

Seven months after its founding in May 2005, Safran launched an ocean racing sponsorship project, designated the Safran Sailing Team, with skipper Marc Guillemot at the helm of an IMOCA (International Monohull Open Class Association) Open 60 (60-foot) class monohull racing yacht.

In early 2014, Safran announced that it was extending its commitment to ocean racing through the 2016 Vendée Globe, with a new skipper, Morgan Lagravière, at the helm of a new-generation IMOCA boat.

After twelve years of commitment on the IMOCA Ocean Masters circuit, three Vendée Globe and numerous podium finishes, the construction of two boats with Marc Guillemot and then Morgan Lagravière, Safran announced  in February 2017 that it has decided to withdraw from their sailing sponsorship programme in June 2017.



The Safran-Guy Cotten Figaro class boat

At the beginning of year 2013, Safran, in partnership with Guy Cotten, announce its involvement in the Figaro Bénéteau circuit for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, supporting young skipper Gwénolé Gahinet, one of the rising stars of the young generation of ocean racers. Through this involvement, Safran was expanding its boat sponsorship program, while reflecting its policy of recruiting young people and encouraging apprenticeship.


Originally from La Trinité-sur-Mer, Gwénolé Gahinet now lives in Lorient, Brittany. A marine engineer, passionate about new technologies, Gwénolé Gahinet began preparations for his first Mini Transat in 2011. After intensive work throughout the season, the young skipper was first across the finish line of the Mini Transat in Salvador da Bahia. In 2013, he entered the race again. But despite a good start, with four wins, he was forced to retire from the race due to keel damage. In 2014, after three years on the Mini circuit, Gwénolé moved up a level with Safran and Guy Cotten. And what better school than the Figaro Bénéteau circuit, if you want to play with the big boys?

Timeline of the Safran Sailing Team project


The Safran Sailing Team project: key milestones and highlights since its launch in 2005






Safran Sailing Team online store

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