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.
2005 - origins
The purpose of the 2005 project was to raise the profile of the new Group formed by the merger of Snecma and Sagem, while also providing a rallying point for the tens of thousands of Safran employees worldwide.
2014 - Continuity
In January 2014, Safran announced its decision to continue this commitment, focusing in particular on the 2016–17 Vendée Globe round-the-world solo race. Safran chose skipper Morgan Lagravière to defend the company’s colors at the helm of a new prototype IMOCA class ocean racer.
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?
Gwénolé Gahinet’ Safran-Guy Cotten Figaro class boat
Launched in 1990, the Figaro Bénéteau class was inspired by the idea of creating a championship with a level playing field. With the Figaro Bénéteau, then the Figaro 2 in 2003, built by the Bénéteau shipyard in the Vendée region, competitors sail in a one-design boat. Since all the boats are identical, it's the sailor alone who makes all the difference!
Transat AG2R La Mondiale 2014
Find out about the transatlantic race AG2R 2014 won by the team of the Safran - Guy Cotten Figaro class boat: Gwénolé Gahinet and co-skipper Paul Meilhat.
Solitaire 2015: Mission accomplished!
Gwénolé Gahinet for his second Solitaire on board Safran - Guy Cotten Figaro class boat reached its goal by finishing in the Top 5 !
The first Gwéno’ “Solitaire”
Find out about the first "Solitaire" Figaro race of Gwénolé Gahinet on board its Safran - Guy Cotten Figaro Bénéteau class boat.
Timeline of the Safran Sailing Team project