700 sailors and 100 boats in the Safran Sailing Challenge
La Trinité-sur-Mer, 20th September 2011
It was an action-packed weekend in la Trinité-sur-Mer in Brittany for the sixth annual Safran Sailing Challenge. The regatta organised within the Group was even more popular than ever with around a hundred boats and 700 sailors lining up to take part in this friendly event.
The racers from the Safran Group came together in an impressive 800 square metre tent from Thursday to Sunday on the hard in the yachting harbour in la Trinité-sur-Mer. There were indeed a lot of people to fit in for the 2011 edition of the Safran Sailing Challenge: around a hundred boats and 700 sailors, in general, keen amateurs coming from fifteen or so firms within the Group and sometimes from far afield. "There were Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Chinese, Latvians, Germans, Belgians, Portuguese and British sailors… the Safran Sailing Challenge enabled everyone to get to know each other out on the water, but also back ashore in the evening," explained Christian Favre, the Treasurer of the event, which aims to be France's biggest corporate regatta. "This year was a huge success with enthusiastic racing and a great atmosphere ashore."
With Marc Guillemot and the 60-foot Safran
As for the races, they were held in rather strong conditions on two courses of 28 and 18 miles on Friday and Saturday: 20 to 25 knot WNW'ly winds and relatively choppy seas. This led to some damage being done (ripped sails) but made the racing all the more exciting. For two days the hundred or so racing cruisers (from 30 to 40 foot, including many First 31.7s and First 36.7s) sailed across the famous bay in Quiberon… The event received the support of a top guest in the shape of the 60-foot Safran and its skipper Marc Guillemot, who came along to accompany the fleet on Saturday. Marc Guillemot was very involved in the event and keen to chat to the staff on Saturday evening in the Sailing Challenge Tent. He also talked about his next big challenge: defending his title in the Transat Jacques Vabre, which is due to start on 30th October from Le Havre. Everyone knows that Marc will be taking Yann Eliès on board for this double-handed transatlantic race from France to Costa Rica, the last edition of which was won by Safran back in 2009. We can be certain that the 700 employees of the Group, who attended the 2011 Safran Sailing Challenge, will be enthusiastic supporters.
Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Safran group has more than 54,000 employees and generated sales of 10.8 billion euros in 2010. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.2 billion euros in 2010. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and its share is part of the CAC 40.
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