Podium finish in Vendée Globe for Marc Guillemot and SAFRAN

Paris, February 17, 2009

On Monday, February 16 at 2:21 am, after sailing around the world in 95 days, 3 hours, 19 minutes and 36 seconds, Marc Guillemot crossed the finish line at Les Sables d'Olonne on the Safran Open 60 ocean racer, finishing third in the sixth Vendée Globe race.

The SAFRAN Group would like to thank Marc Guillemot for his brilliant performance in the most prestigious and challenging ocean sailing race in the world, the Vendée Globe. Throughout his race around the world, without stopovers or assistance, Marc demonstrated flawless combativeness, humanity and solidarity under exceptionally difficult conditions.

SAFRAN CEO Jean-Paul Herteman shared his thoughts as the boat arrived back at the starting point in Les Sables d'Olonne: "The SAFRAN Group and our 54,000 employees are very proud of Marc Guillemot's achievement. Our skipper, with whom we have worked for the last three years, has defended our Group's colors very impressively. His determination and courage in facing the many difficulties throughout this round-the-world race, plus his support for the injured Yann Eliès in the South Sea, set an example for us all. Finishing in the top three on a boat that lost part of its sails and its keel is an achievement worthy of today's greatest sailors."

SAFRAN signs on for four more years

The SAFRAN Group, which kicked off its boat sponsorship program in 2005, had confirmed its decision to renew this agreement for four more years, even before knowing the final results of the Vendée Globe. SAFRAN will continue to enter its Open 60 monohull ocean racer in other IMOCA races all the way through the next Vendée Globe in 2012-13.

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