Marc Guillemot / Safran
What can be learnt from the Route du Rhum
Nine skippers from the IMOCA class took part in the Route du Rhum, the first major solo ocean race since the last Vendée Globe. There was confirmation for some, disappointment for others and some revelations. Time for us now to take a look…
An eventful first week for the IMOCAs
Nine skippers in the IMOCA class set off last Sunday from St. Malo at the start of the tenth Route du Rhum. It was far from being a quiet start with two boats already forced out: Bertrand de Broc and Vincent Riou, the winner of the 2005-2005 Vendée…
The Rhum as preparation for the Vendée Globe
When the Route du Rhum gets underway, fans of the Vendée Globe will be closely watching the battle between the nine skippers in the IMOCA class. But they should also keep an eye on three other categories, in which a certain number of sailors,…
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Résidence : St Philibert (Morbihan)
Age : 53
Boat : Safran
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)
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