I just wondered why VPLP isn't planing to build a cruiser/racer. After their success in the last VG they could use the fame for a big demand...
Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot-Prévost are specialists in the design of racing and cruising multihulls. They are the ones that developed with Alain Thebault the Hydroptere, the Trimaram BMW Oracle (winner of last America's cup), and the best racing trimarans among them Groupama, Crepes Whahou and more recently the giant tri Prince de la Bretagne. They also design cruising monohulls among them the entire line of Lagoons, the Sig cats as well as some very big cruising cats.
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They had centered their talents on multihulls design and have no designs of cruising mono-hulls.
I am just guessing but I believe that the recent victories in Open 60 designed by them and Verdier has much more to do with Verdier then with them.
Guillaume verdier is a young very talented NA with experience in designing racing and cruising monohulls and multihulls, many in collaboration with VPLP.
He is behind the NZ america's Cup AC72. In what regards cruising his major design is the Shipman 63, working for J&J. The problem with young NA is that in what regards cruising the projects come to the hands of major firms, like J&J or VPLP and then they give them to younger and talented NA for developing in their name
But it is only a question of time for Verdier to become a big one by its own name. I bet that we will see a lot more of winning racers come out of his mind before we see a major brand call him to design a big production boat.
You have to remember that the French have a big number of talented major NA and an even bigger number of talented young NA. Among all them it is difficult to make a living
. I guess that he is very well with VPLP and it is a signal of respect and honesty from VPLP (a great name in boat design) allowing the winning Vendee Globe boats to be credited to VPLP/Verdier.
An interesting interview:
guillaume verdier - architecture navale - VG 2012. Diffrences de conception...
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