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On Saturday 6th July, Marc Guillemot smashed the solo North Atlantic record for a monohull with a time of 8 days, 5 hours, 20 minutes and 20 seconds – or 15 hours, 48 minutes and 11 seconds less than the previous record set by the British skipper Alex Thomson in July 2012.
Marc Guillemot covered the 2880 miles of the distance between New York and The Lizard at an average speed of 14.59 knots. He is now on his way back to his home port of la Trinité-sur-Mer in Brittany.The skipper of Safran, who previously smashed the record twice with a crew on a multihull (in 1984 and 1988), has done it again on his first attempt sailing solo on a monohull.Before setting out from New York, Marc Guillemot said that he wanted to do something amazing sailing solo to get over his early exit from the Vendée Globe.Marc Guillemot will be competing in the Fastnet Race in August racing double-handed with Pascal Bidégorry. A good way to prepare for the Transat Jacques Vabre that the two men will take part in on Safran next November.Technological InputsOne of the most innovative aspects of the Safran project is the extensive involvement of the Group’s engineers, giving the boat the benefits of technologies transferred from cutting-edge aerospace and defense applications.More than 180 engineers from the Group companies were involved in every stage of the boat’s construction, contributing their expertise in a wide range of high-tech fields including composite materials, modeling, hydraulic engineering and onboard electronics. Our engineers established a close working relationship with the naval architects, Marc and his team, shipyard, project manager and specialized engineers.
Safran has developed proven expertise in 3D woven carbon composites (used in particular on certain aircraft parts), which involves "weaving" carbon threads on a Jacquard type loom to make the part. This type of structure offers several key benefits:
Two Safran companies, Snecma and Safran Engineering Services, contributed their expertise in 3D woven technology and dynamic computation systems.More information: www.safran-group.com