In February, François Gabart, the Vendée Globe rookie, won a wonderful victory on board MACIF, the most accomplished IMOCA created by VPLP/Verdier. Armel Le Cléac'h is in its wake aboard Banque Populaire, the former Foncia, which was also designed by the firm of architects based in Vannes. After a short break following his circumnavigation, Armel Le Cléac ' h moved to three hulls to smash by six hours the single-handed Trans Med record, aboard his new Bank Populaire VII, the former Groupama III. A few months earlier, in June, Kito de Pavant on board Groupe Bel had beaten the all-time monohull record on the same route. In August, Safran, skippered by Marc Guillemot, kept picking up victories with a third medal for VPLP: the solo North Atlantic record for a monohull . Then, early November, Spindrift 2, the former Banque Populaire V, and Yann Guichard astonishingly ended the year, beating by more than 20 hours the previous record for the Discovery Route.
In November, on the Transat Jacques Vabre, VPLP has been delighted to see their boats finishing first in all the three classes where the firm of architects had entered boats:
In MOD70, the multihulls are faster and faster, and more and more demanding, and they have been designed to be manned by a whole crew but also by two people without any major changes: so for these maxi multihulls, the Transat Jacques Vabre offered the opportunity of a first doubles test. According to Sébastien Josse, the winner with Charles Caudrelier, the key word is : "keep the platform flat while going fast." This was done ! At an average speed of 22 knots between Le Havre and Itajaí and even reaching 30 knots on certain days.
On board Oman Air Musandam, Sydney Gavignet and Damian Foxall have even mentioned a possible Route du Rhum: “The Rhum? In pairs, that’s quite a different matter as it is, but new modifications will also have to be made to sail her single-handed. At the end of the race, we talked a lot about that with Sidney. A “Route du Rhum” didn’t seem very reasonable before the Transat, but now, of course, we’re reconsidering things, and we mustn’t be the only ones...”
A few days later, in the Multi50 class, FenêtréA Cardinal, which had already won the Trophée de Fécamp, dominated the race after a 5400 mile sprint! Therefore, Erwan Le Roux gets a second victory in the Jacques Vabre, on this VPLP design built in 2009 that goes quite right with him...
As for the IMOCA (International Monohull Open Class Association) class, the three winners, PRB, Safran and Maître Coq were designed by VPLP/Verdier. After leading the race, Macif lost her mast 500 miles from the finish line ...
Marc Guillemot (Safran): “That’s quite funny as PRB, the winner, is Safran’s younger sister ship: both came out of the same mold. These are superb boats.”
VPLP is already looking forward to the next season which will be even faster and more action-packed as there are several projects under study whose constructions will start as soon as next February…But that’s quite another story…
Photos JM Liot, V.Curutchet, Y.Zedda, R.Christol, C.Schmid
On the sea 8 VPLP design will enter the Transat Jacques Vabre next week end in the three following class.
Four duos will battle for victory in Brazil : Marc Guillemot and Pascal Bidegorry on SAFRAN will defend VPLP design associated with team Verdier, with Francois Gabart and Michel Desjoyaux on MACIF, Jeremy Beyou and Christopher Pratt on MAITRE COQ and Vincent Riou and Jean Le Cam on PRB
PRB and SAFRAN from our first generation of design, narrower and a bit less powerful than the two others, first and second in the last Vendee globe, have been constantly optimized during the past years and both appear also in the favorite group.
Two of seven of the MOD fleet OMAN MUSADAN and GITANA will race in a “mano a mano” race until finish line in Brazil; the five others couldn’t regrettably participate.
We recently have seen that the first lapse of concentration is paid cash, this race will be very intense for both duos, Sydney Gavignet and Damian Foxhall against Sebastian Josse and Charles Caudrelier
Two of the 6 entries are VPLP design trimarans, both 50 footer complying with the MULTI50 class rules dedicated for fast and reasonable budget.
They have both already raced the TJV, and both arrived first once.
This time Erwan Leroux (past winner in 2009) and Yann Elies will race FENETREA CARDINAL, when Loick Fequet and Loic Escoffier (past second place in 2011) will sail MAITRE JACQUES, older design, constantly optimized from her launching date.
Danger!! All the boats will have to face the danger of 45 containers lost last week end, in the Cap Finistère zone.
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VPLP was founded by Marc van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prévost in 1983 when they built their first boat "Gerard Lambert" for skipper Vincent Levy to compete in the 1984 OSTAR, the first time foils were incorporated into floats on a trimaran. "We have always had a strong emphasis on efficiency of design, being at the forefront of boat technological development for 30 years through our commitment to constant research to create craft that are light, simple, efficient, safe and exactly proportionate to necessity" said Vincent Lauriot Prévost. VPLP are notable in their agnostic approach to the type of craft they work on – fishing boats, Vendée Globe challengers, America's Cup winners, super-yachts or production boats; single- or multi-hull – believing in a broad range of challenges where each area informs the other to create something greater.
"It has been an amazing ride for us and our great team – which includes all our friends, partners and customers from all over the world who we have worked with and continue to work with – Vincent and I wouldn't have swapped it for anything and thanks everyone for VPLPs successes" says Marc Van Peteghem. He continued "We are always looking ahead and enjoying the many challenges that arise from the breadth of our work – for instance now we are focusing and building on our experience designing 'racing foilers' and at the same time developing our knowledge of using sustainable materials and low carbon emission energy production and storage in the marine environment ... to name just a couple of our many interests" "...we can't wait for the next 30 years - I think it will be just as exciting"
VPLP a été fondée en 1983 par Marc Van Peteghem et Vincent Lauriot Prévost lorsqu'ils ont construit leur premier bateau, Gérard Lambert, pour le compte du skipper Vincent Lévy qui allait courir l'OSTAR en 1984, c'était la première fois que des foils étaient ajoutés à des flotteurs sur un trimaran.
« Étant à la pointe du développement technologique des bateaux depuis 30 ans, nous avons toujours porté nos efforts sur l'efficacité de nos plans et nous avons cherché en permanence à créer des navires qui soient à la fois légers, simples, efficaces, sûrs et qui répondent exactement à la demande » explique Vincent Lauriot Prévost.
L'agence d'architecture navale, VPLP est connue pour son approche non conventionnelle des différents types de navires sur lesquels elle travaille. Que ce soient des bateaux de pêche, des concurrents du Vendée Globe, des vainqueurs de la Coupe de l'America, des super yachts ou des bateaux de série mono ou multicoques, VPLP est convaincue que plus les projets sont variés plus leurs réalisations tirent profit des informations acquises dans chacun d'entre eux pour atteindre un meilleur résultat. Cette stratégie a été récompensée par de nombreux succès.
« Ça a été une aventure fantastique pour nous et pour toute notre équipe : tous nos amis, nos partenaires et nos clients du monde entier avec lesquels nous avons travaillé et continuerons à travailler ; cette aventure, Vincent et moi ne l'aurions manquée pour rien au monde ; merci à chacun pour les succès de VPLP » affirme Marc Van Peteghem.
Il ajoute : « Nous pensons toujours à l'avenir et nous aimons nous attaquer aux différents défis qui se présentent étant donnée l'ampleur de notre travail. À l'heure actuelle, par exemple, nous nous concentrons, à la lumière de notre expérience, sur la construction de voilers de course mais, en même temps, nous améliorons nos connaissances sur l'utilisation de matériaux durables et sur la production et le stockage d'énergie à faible taux d'émission de carbone en milieu marin ...pour ne citer que quelques-uns des domaines sur lesquels nous travaillons. » «... Vivement les 30 prochaines années, je pense qu'elles vont être passionnantes. »
VPLP is a world-renowned young international team of French-based naval architects and designers working from Vannes and Paris in sail and motor craft projects across the world.
VPLP est une jeune équipe de réputation internationale composée d'architectes et de concepteurs basés en France à Vannes(56) et à Paris ; ils travaillent sur des projets de voiliers et de bateaux à moteur dans le monde entier.