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Marc Guillemot / SAFRAN

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As the first yacht designed by Guillaume Verdier and Vincent Lauriot-Prevost, this extremely light boat has been optimized by the Safran Group engineers. As a result, she has reached an impressive number of achievements, including one Round Britain and Ireland Record as well as victories in the 2012 Armen Race, the 2010 Tour of Spain, the 2009 Transat Jacques Vabre and a 2009 SNSM Record. The powerful and efficient Safran monohull remains a reference in the world of sailing and a major asset when competing in a round-the world-race.


Designer: VPLP Verdier
Construction: Chantier Naval de Larros
Launch date: August 2007
Length: 18.28 m
Beam: 5.70 m
Draught: 4.50 m
Displacement (weight): Not available
Centreboards: Not available
Mast height: 27 m
Keel Blade: Titanium
Sail area upwind: 300 sq meter
Sail area downwind: 650 sq meter


Nationality :
Résidence : St Philibert (Morbihan)
Age : 53
Website : www.safran-sailingteam.com
Vendée Globe Wins and Performances : 2nd entry in the Vendée Globe

By taking the helm of Safran, Marc Guillemot has returned to offshore racing with a bang. Marc, a discreet and self-willed man, is known by his peers for his pugnacity, his courage and his seamanship. Marc grew up amongst skippers and sailors and he is one of the few yachtsmen to have mastered an innate seamanship which allows him to be one with his boat when at sea. Marc Guillemot is not only a sailor but also a sea lover: the skipper from La Trinité engages in as many ocean-related activities as he can, exploring shipyards, regularly training on his Open 7.50 boat or sailing his Guépard ship with his family.

Sailor and sea lover

Marc Guillemot belongs to a generation of skippers that has greatly contributed to the evolution of offshore racing. Starting as a regatta team-mate before moving on to bigger round-the-world races, Marc became a multihull skipper in 1998, with a 4th place in his very first Route du Rhum.
2006 was a key year in his career as the Safran Group chose him to design an innovative and powerful 60-foot race yacht for the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe. Building a team around yacht designers Vincent Lauriot Prévost and Guillaume Verdier as well as Safran engineers, he has changed the IMOCA class with a boat that is light, powerful and efficient whatever the speed. Successes came very soon and others competitors quickly followed, getting inspiration for their own news plans.
To bring this project to fruition, Marc has gathered a strong and efficient team around him, tightly knit together by a strong team spirit – a value that is very close to his heart – and constantly seeking innovation and performance.

Wins and Performances

Winner of the ArMen Race

6th place in the Transat Jacques Vabre
Round Britain and Ireland Record

Winner of the Tour of Spain

3rd place in the Route du Rhum

Winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre

3rd place in the Vendée Globe

4th place in the Artemis Transat

2nd place in the Transat Jacques Vabre

Record SNSM 2009
4th place in the Artemis Transat 2008
2nd place in the Québec-St Malo 2000 (Winner in 1988)

Press contact

Soazig GUEHO
+33 (0)6 62 08 75 44

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