Guillaume Verdier

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Guillaume Verdier is a French naval architect noted for his designs of high performance sailboats.


Verdier was born 20 September 1970.[1] He studied naval architecture at the University of Southampton and then at the University of Copenhagen.[2]


Verdier was recruited in 1997 by the company Finot-Conq, Which is known for its designs of 60-foot sailboats. He worked notably on the development of Christophe Auguin's Geodis, Yves Parlier's Aquitaine Innovations and on the conception of Sodebo, Somewhere and on PRB 3 as well, the winner of the Vendée Globe in 2000-2001 with Michel Desjoyeaux.

In 2001, he founded his own company, whose first design was the Yves Parlier's Hydraplaneur.[3]

In 2004, he was part of the design team for the Areva Challenge, which participated in 2007 America's Cup.

From 2006, he began working with naval architects Marc Van Peteghem et Vincent Lauriot-Prévost of VPLP design. Together, they created numerous 60-foot boats:

  • Safran[4]
  • Groupe Bel for the Vendée Globe 2006-2007,
  • PRB 5,[5]
  • Virbac Paprec 3,
  • Banque populaire and
  • Macif[6]

In 2010, he joined the Emirates Team New Zealand to design the AC72 with the team of Grant Dalton for the America's Cup in 2013.[7]. He contributed to the development of foils that permitted the sailboat to leave the surface of the water and to attain speeds in excess of 40 knots.[8]

In 2014, he designed the monohull Comanche with the intention of creating the fastest monohull in the world.[9][10]

Following his experience with ETNZ, Verdier worked on Banque populaire VIII of Armel Le Cléac'h, a 60 foot monohull launched in 2015.[11]

In 2017 the trimaran Maxi, designed for Edmond de Rothschild, was launched.[12][13][14]


In 2016, the University of Southampton, his alma mater, awarded him with an honorary doctorate of engineering degree.[2]


  1. ^ "Guillaume Verdier". Banque Populaire, la Banque de la Voile. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Renowned naval architect and yacht designer awarded honorary degree". Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Ces Français de l'ombre qui servent la Coupe de l'America". L' 11 December 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-20. Retrieved 2015-01-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "News - PRB 5 is launched - Vendée Globe". Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Courses Nautiques : Guillaume Verdier: Pourquoi ses bateaux sont en tête". Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Guillaume Verdier chez Team New Zealand !". Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Coupe de l'America: l'abécédaire de la 34e Coupe". Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Launched: the fastest monohull ever? - Yachting World". 8 October 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Video: Designing the Volvo Ocean Race yachts of the future". 7 April 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  11. ^ Nouvelle, L'Usine (19 January 2017). "Armel Le Cléac'h grand vainqueur de la 8e édition du Vendée Globe - Construction navale (civile ou militaire)". Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Voile: le "magnifique" Maxi Edmond de Rothschild a pris son premier envol". 17 July 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  13. ^ "GALLERY Ecco Gitana 17, il più grande maxitrimarano volante del mondo!". Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  14. ^ "Maxi-trimaran «Gitana 17». Josse, le pari de voler !". Retrieved 9 September 2017.

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