Marc Guillemot

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Marc Guillemot at the start of the Vendée Globe 2012/2013

Guillemots Ship Saffron at the Vendée Globe 2012/2013

The saffron under sail

Marc Guillemot (born 25 June 1959 in Quimper) is a French sailor who has competed successfully in long-distance regattas on several occasions

Guillemot began his ocean racing career on ORMA (Ocean Racing Multihull Association) 60-foot trimarans. From 1995-1999, he finished just off the podium in several transatlantic races such as the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Route du Rhum, but also had to retire several times

In 2002 he finally became runner-up in the ORMA World Cup. Two years later, he switched to 60-foot IMOCA monohull Open 60 racing yachts. From 2006, Guillemot was a member of the racing team sponsored by the Safran technology company. In 2007 and 2008 he achieved further successes in this largest monohull class. In 2008, he was runner-up again, this time with the monohull

In 2009, Guillemot was awarded the Ordre national du Mérite in gratitude for his assistance during the 2008/2009 Vendée Globe, when his competitor Yann Éliès broke his thigh and had to be evacuated.[1][2]

In 2013, he set the record for a single-handed transatlantic voyage from New York to Lizard Point aboard the yacht Safran. At 8 days, 20 hours, 27 minutes and 49 seconds, he was more than 15 hours faster than Alex Thomson before him.[3]


  • Marc Guillemot, Christine Vannier; Vrai faux solitaire; Éditions Glénat; 2009; ISBN 978-2-7234-7339-2

Individual references

  1. Marc Guillemot promu Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite. 11 December 2009. Archived from Original february 14, 2010. Info: Thearchive linkwas inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check original and archive link according to instructions, then remove this notice.@1@2Template:Webachiv/IABot/ Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  2. Guillemot promu chevalier de l’Ordre national du mérite. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  3. Marg Guillemots Record makes big splash. 16 July 2013. retrieved 3 February 2016.

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