Morgan Lagravière at the Paris Air Show

Morgan Lagravière visited the Paris Air Show, as his sponsor’s guest, for the first time. It was a fascinating experience for the skipper of the 60-foot monohull Safran and his co-skipper on the Transat Jacques Vabre, Nicolas Lunven, who accompanied him.
Morgan Lagravière, Philippe Petitcolin et Nicolas Lunven

The Safran's skipper had a packed schedule for his first visit to the Paris Air Show.

It started with lunch on the Safran chalet's terrace with Nadine Bertholom (the CEO of French outdoor clothing manufacturer Guy Cotton), her husband, and Nicolas Lunven, his co-skipper, to enjoy the A380, Rafale, A350 XWB and E-Fan flybys from an enviable vantage point. "It was magic: these flying displays were one of the highlights of an absolutely amazing day," Morgan later said. After lunch, he had a lengthy meeting with Safran's Chief Executive Officer: "This is the second time I've met Philippe Petitcolin. It was a very laid-back chat and we got to know each other better. Among other things, we spoke about the messages we want to send out with sailing sponsorships and what he expects from us as skippers vis-à-vis the Group," he sums up. This event was also an opportunity for Nicolas Lunven to find out more about the Group and its teams: "I met people who are passionate about their jobs and learned so much about the world of aviation. This is my first time at the Paris Air Show too."

A l’occasion de leur venue au Salon du Bourget vendredi 19 juin, Morgan Lagravière, le skipper du monocoque Safran, et son co-skipper Nicolas Lunven,  a visité le stand Safran. Les deux skippers ont pu y découvrir les produits et les technologies phares du Groupe dont certains ont été appliqués à son bateau : matériaux composites, procédé de tissage 3D RTM…

The two seafarers wrapped up their day with a full tour of Safran's stand with the Safran Sailing Team's CEO Gérard Le Page and the trade show manager, who told them about each of the products in detail: "I love flying [Morgan is a licensed pilot] and I loved the flight simulator with the Side Stick Unit by Sagem. I managed to land the plane beautifully! It was a great day for the project and for our culture," Morgan sums up. Morgan and Nicolas were still starry-eyed when they hit the road back to Brittany and the Safran monohull there, which they will be ferrying to Saint-Nazaire for its first race, the Record SNSM.