Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Safran and Banque Populaire Join Forces To Build New IMOCA Monohulls For Vendée Globe

Safran and Banque Populaire, two major groups advanced in their markets, major players in offshore racing for several years, have joined forces to build their next IMOCA monohulls for the Vendée Globe 2016-2017.

This approximation is born from the common desire to optimise the cost of vessel construction while developing innovative, efficient and highly competitive yachts.

"Banque Populaire is a historic player in the sailing sponsorship and has a great experience. We are proud to partner with their teams to share the risks, costs and efforts. This collaboration is perfectly in tune with the culture of innovation and partnership Safran practice in its businesses," said Gérard Le Page, President of Safran Sailing Team.

"We are pleased to cooperate with Safran shares with us the taste for innovation and enhancement of technological know-how of French companies. I am confident that the combination of talents of our two teams will create highly efficient vessels for the next Vendée Globe," said Chantal Petrachi, Communications Director Banque Populaire.

The collaboration of these two owners confirms their commitment to quality, innovation and technological development and  a common desire to improve offshore racing.

* IMOCA: Open class monohull 60 feet (18.28 meters)

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