Marc Guillemot

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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.

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56 years old - Bénodet - FRANCE

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 oceanrelated activities as he can, exploring shipyards, regularly training on his Open 7.50 boat or sailing his Guépard ship with his family.

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.

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Prizes

1988
  • Transat Québec – Saint Malo – Winner
1998
  • Route du Rhum – 4th (60 ft ORMA)
2000
  • Transat Québec – Saint Malo – 2nd
2001
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – Retired
2002

Season in 60ft ORMA

  • Route du Rhum – 2nd
  • GP of Douarnenez – 2nd
  • GP of Lorient – 3rd
2004

Season in 60 ft ORMA

  • GP Petit Navire – Douarnenez Challenge – 3rd
  • GP La Trinité-sur-Mer – 9th
  • Transat Québec-Saint-Malo – 10th
  • Transat anglaise – Reited
2006
  • Route du Rhum – 7th
2007
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 2nd (C. Caudrelier)
  • Transat Ecover B to B – 5th
2008
  • The Artemis Transat – 4th
2009
  • Champion du Monde IMOCA
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – Winner (C. Caudrelier)
  • Vendée Globe – 3rd
  • Rolex Fastnet Race – 3rd
2010
  • Tour d’Espagne – Winner
  • Route du Rhum – 3rd
  • Speed runs GP Guyader – Winner
2011
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 6th (Y. Eliès)
  • ArMen Race – Winner
  • Round Britain Islands Record in crew – 6d 9h 48’ 50’’
  • GP Guyader – Winner
2012
  • Vendée Globe – Retired
2013
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 2nd (P. Bidégorry)
  • Rolex Fastnet Race – 7th
  • Atlantic North Record Record in solo – 8d 5h 20’
2014
  • Route du Rhum – 3rd
2015
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 6th (B. De Broc)
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