Safran Sailing Challenge 800 sailors and 110 boats, Bandol, September 28 to 30

Paris, September 25, 2012

The Safran group is organizing its seventh Sailing Challenge in Bandol, near Toulon in southern France, from September 28-30, in partnership with the Bandol Yacht Club, Cercle Nautique, port authority and city. This is the largest corporate regatta in France and will set new records again this year, with 110 boats and 800 employees from Safran group companies around the world sailing the boats, representing France, Belgium, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Romania, Croatia, United States, China, Mexico and Russia. They will be weighing anchor from the picturesque Bandol harbor.

The Sailing Challenge in fact combines a race and a rally: it includes three days of sailboat races (regattas open to all, from beginners to seasoned sailors), and various games. The Sailing Challenge is designed to promote Safran's corporate culture, and allow participants to get to know each other in a friendly atmosphere, united by their common passion for sailing. A tent spanning 1,000 square meters (10,800 sq ft) near the Deferrari Stadium will bring together all participants for evening festivities, providing further opportunities for fun and team-building.

The Sailing Challenge also allows Safran to present the Group's boat sponsorship project to the crews taking part, and encourage them to support Marc Guillemot, skipper of the Safran Open 60 (60-foot IMOCA class) racing yacht that will be starting the Vendée Globe round-the-world solo race on November 10.

The 2012 Sailing Challenge will culminate on September 30 with the award of the Safran Trophy, presented to the overall winner of the race.

The public is invited to see the start of the regattas from the harbor and the surrounding beaches.


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 close to 60,000 employees and generated sales of 11.7 billion euros in 2011. 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 1.3 billion euros in 2011. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index.
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