VPLP

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VPLP
Industry Naval Architect
Founded 1983
Founder Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot-Prévost
Headquarters Paris and Vannes, France
Area served
International
Services Naval architecture and yacht design
Website www.vplp.fr

Van Peteghem Lauriot-Prévost (VPLP) is a French based naval architectural firm founded by Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot-Prévost, responsible for designing some of the world's most innovative racing boats. Their designs presently hold many of the World Speed Sailing records.[1]

History[edit]

VPLP is a French based naval architecture firm founded by Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot-Prévost. These two French nationals first met at Southampton College of Higher Education both having enrolled to study Yacht and Powercraft Design.

During their years at college Marc and Vincent forged a friendship rethat was later to be the catalyst for VPLP. The company was formed in 1983 and first opened its doors in Marseilles with a focus on developing racing trimarans, which was a burgeoning niche market in the early 80’s.

VPLP’s initial project was to design a racing trimaran commissioned by skipper Vincent Levy for the 1984 OSTAR, (otherwise known as the English Transat). This 50-foot (15 m) foiler baptized Gerard Lambert was the first in a long line of racing trimarans that created a name for the firm and established the young designers as innovators in the field of naval architecture. VPLP designed their first cruising catamaran in 1984 for Lagoon, which was then a division of Jeanneau Techniques Avancées. The Lagoon 55 was the first in more than 240 cruising catamarans designed by VPLP. Lagoon is now part of the CNB division of Groupe Bénéteau and has produced more than 2000 catamarans with worldwide distribution. VPLP are the principal designers for the Lagoon fleet of sailing catamarans.[2]

Evolution[edit]

The offices moved to Paris, Bastille in 1985 to be closer their network of international clients.

In subsequent years, VPLP have structured the organization into three divisions to focus on separate sectors of the yacht market:

In 1996, VPLP opened a Racing Division in Vannes for proximity to many offshore racing teams. In 2008 VPLP opened a Refit and Brokerage Division in La Ciotat, which is a large service center with many shipyards catering for superyachts operating in the western Mediterranean sea.

In 2007 VPLP cooperated with French yacht designer Guillaume Verdier to penetrate the competitive IMOCA racing circuit. The performance of their first interactions Safran and Groupe Bel earned the VPLP-Verdier consortium a growing orderbook for racing monohulls.

Racing prototypes[edit]

Racing prototypes and results[edit]

Since 1990, All of the VPLP boats are still undefeated at the Route du Rhum.[3]

Year Boat's name Description History
1984 Gerard Lambert [2] 50' foiler trimaran For the Ostar
1985 La Santa Maria [3] 45' catamaran For the Route de la découverte
1986 Poulain [4] 75' trimaran Skipped by Olivier de Kersauson
Biscuits Cantreau 1 [5] Formula 40 trimaran Skipped by Jean Le Cam
1987 Biscuits Cantreau 2 [6] Formula 40 trimaran Skipped by Jean Le Cam

-World Champion 1987

1988 Biscuits Cantreau 3 [7] Formula 40 trimaran Skipped by Jean Le Cam

-World Champion 1988

-World Champion 1989

Hitachi

Bottin
[8]
60' trimaran Skipped by Lionel Péan (fr) in 1988 (Hitachi) [9]

Skipped by Eric Tabarly in 1989 (Bottin) [10]

1989 Nord Pas de Calais 3 Formula 40 trimaran, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Alain Comyn
Groupe Pierre 1er [11]

Lakota [12]
60' ORMA trimaran, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Florence Arthaud (Groupe Pierre 1er)

-1st in the Route Du Rhum in 1990

Skipped by Steve Fosset (Lakota)

1990 RMO[13]

Primagaz[14]

Foncia[15]

Bayer[16]

Rexona

RegionGuadeloupe[17]
60' ORMA trimaran, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Laurent Bourgnon [18] (RMO):

-1st in the Open-UAP in 1991

-1st in the Baule-Dakar in 1991

-Mediterranean Record in 1991, 2921 miles - 22h 10min

Skipped by Laurent Bourgnon (Primagaz):

-1st in the Quebec-Saint Malo in 1992

-1st in the Route Du Rhum in 1994

-1st in the Fastnet in 1997

-1st in the Route Du Rhum in 1998

-Record of Atlantique Crossing in 1999, 7d 2h 34min

Skipped by Yvan Bourgnon (Foncia, Bayer, Rexona)

Skipped by Claude Thélier (RegionGuadeloupe)

Ylliam Formula 40, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Pierre-Yves Firmenich [19]
1991 Alibi [20] Mini 6,5 m Monohull Mini-transat Skipped by Dominic Bourgeois [21]
-1991: 3rd in the Mini-Transat
1992 Fleury-Michon XI [22] 60'ORMA trimaran, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Philippe Poupon (fr)
Charal [23] 90' trimaran, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Olivier de Kersauson
Lege Cap Ferret Formula 28' trimaran, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Jean-Louis Miquel
1993 Lyonnaise des eaux Dumez [24] 90' trimaran, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Olivier de Kersauson
YG 25 One design racing catamarans, for the Clairefontaine Trophy [25]
1997 Broceliande

Foncia

Technomarine

Banque Covefi 2

Stena Sovcomflot

Orange
[26]
60'ORMA trimaran, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Alain Gautier (Broceliande, Foncia)

Skipped by Steve Ravussin (Technomarine, Banque Covefi 2)

Skipped by Bruno Peyron & Stève Ravussin (Stena Sovcomflot)[27]

Skipped by Stève Ravussin (Orange):

-Winner of Nokia Oops Cup in 2005

Sport-Elec [28] 90' trimaran ex-Lyonnaise des Eaux-Dumez, Composite Carbon nomex Skipped by Olivier de Kersauson:

-Jules Verne Trophy record in 1997, 71d 14h 18min

1998 Groupama I [29]

HiQ [30]
60'ORMA trimaran, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Franck Cammas (Groupama I):

-Winner of Transat Quebec-Saint Malo in 2000

-Winner of Transat Jacques Vabre in 2001

2000 Bonduelle

Gitana XII
[31]
60'ORMA trimaran, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Jean Le Cam (Bonduelle)
2001 Fila

Tim
[32]
60'ORMA trimaran, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Giovanni Soldini (fr) (Fila)
Belgacom II

Gitana XI [33]
60'ORMA trimaran, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Jean Luc Nelias (Belgacom II)

Skipped by Lionel Lemonchois (Gitana XI):

-Winner of the Route Du Rhum in 2006

Geronimo [34] 110' trimaran, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Olivier de Kersauson:

-Winner of Jules Verne Trophy 2004

2002 Foncia 60'ORMA trimaran, Composite Skipped by Alain Gautier
Geant

Vodaphone
(NZ) [35]
60'ORMA trimaran, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Michel Desjoyeaux (Geant):

-Winner of the Route Du Rhum in 2002

-Winner of the Transat in 2004

Sodebo [36] 60'ORMA trimaran, Composite Skipped by Thomas Coville
2004 Idec [37] 90' trimaran ex-Sport-Elec, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Francis Joyon:

-Solo round the world record in 2004, 72d 22h 54min 22sec

-Solo transatlantic world record in 2005, 6d 4h 1min 37sec

Groupama 2 [38] 60'ORMA trimaran, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Franck Cammas:

-Winner of Transat Jacques Vabre in 2007

2005 Crepes Whaou! 2

Maitre Jacques-Loic Fecquet
[39]
50' trimaran, built by CDK Industrie Skipped by Franck Yves Escoffier (Crepes Whaou ! 2) [40]

-1st in Transat Jacques Vabre Multi50 in 2005

-1st in the Route Du Rhum Multi50 in 2006

-1st in Transat Jacques Vabre Multi50 in 2007

2006 Groupama 3

Maxi Solo Banque Populaire VII
[41]
105' trimaran, Composite Carbon nomex Skipped by Franck Cammas (Groupama 3):

-Transatlantic Record in 2008

-Jules Verne Trophy, Circumnavigation record in 2010, 48d 7h 44min 52s

-Winner of the Route Du Rhum in 2010

Skipped by Armel Le Cleac'h (Maxi Solo Banque Populaire VII):

-Record Solo Trans-Mediterranean, 30/09/2013, 18h 58min 13sec

-New Record Solo distance in 24 hours, 27/01/2014, 682 miles

-Record Solo Route de la découverte Cadix-San Salvador, 30/01/2014, 6d 23h 42min

Lightspeed 32 [42] One design racing/picnic catamaran, Carbon fibre and composite construction in USA
Safran [43] 60' IMOCA Monohull, Composite carbon nomex, designed with Guillaume Verdier [44] Skipped by Marc Guillemot:

-Winner of Transat Jacques Vabre in 2009

-Solo North Atlantic Record in July 2013, 8d 5h 20min 20sec

2007 Groupe Bel [45] 60' IMOCA Monohull, Composite carbon nomex, designed with Skipped by Kito de Pavant
2008 Maxi Banque Populaire V

Sprindrift 2
40m Custom racing trimaran, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Pascal Bidegorry & Loïc Peyron (Maxi Banque Populaire V):

-Transatlantic record in 2009, 3d 15h 25min 48sec

-24 Hour World Speed Sailing record in 2009, 908 miles, Avg 37.8kn

-Trans-Mediterranean record, 15/05/2010, 14h 20min 34sec

-Jules Verne Trophy record circumnavigation in 2012, 45d 13h 42min 53sec

Skipped by Dona Bertarelli & Yann Guichard (Spindrift 2):

-Record Route de la Découverte Cadix-San Salvador, 06/11/2013, 6d 13h 42min 53sec"

2009 BMW Oracle Racing 90x90 USA 17 [46] 90' full carbon trimaran, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Oracle Team USA:

-Winner 33rd America's Cup in 2010 [47]

Crepes Whaou ! 3

Fenetrea
[48]
50' trimaran Skipped by Franck Yves Escoffier(Crepes Whaou ! 3):

-Winner of Transat Jacques Vabre in 2009

Skipped by Erwan Le Roux & Yann Elies (Fenetrea): [49]

-Winner of Transat Jacques Vabre in 2013

2010 Vibrac Paprec 3 [50] 60' IMOCA Monohull, Composite carbon nomex, designed with Guillaume Verdier Skipped by Jean Pierre Dick:

-Winner of Barcelona world race in 2010-2011

-Winner of Transat Jacques Vabre in 2011

PRB [51] 60' IMOCA Monohull, Composite carbon nomex, designed with Guillaume Verdier Skipped by Vincent Riou:

-Winner of Transat Jacques Vabre in 2013"

Foncia II [52]

Banque Populaire VI

Maitre Coq [53]
60' IMOCAMonohull, Composite carbon nomex, designed with Guillaume Verdier Skipped by Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia II)

Skipped by Armel Le Cleac'h (Banque Populaire VI):

-Finished 2nd in the Vendee Globe in 2012

Skipped by Jeremie Beyou (Maitre Coq)

2011 Race For Water MOD 70' one design multihull, Carbon composite nomex Skipped by Stève Ravussin
Veolia Environment

Orion Racing
[54]
MOD 70' one design multihull, Carbon composite nomex Skipped by Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environment)
Foncia [55] MOD 70' one multihull, Carbon composite nomex Skipped by Michel Desjoyeaux:

-Winner of the European Tour in 2012

-Record of the Tour of Isle of Wight in 2012, 2h 21min 25sec

Spindrift Racing MOD 70' one design multihull, Carbon composite nomex Skipped by Yann Guichard:

-Winner of Multi One Championship in 2010

-Winner of Krys Ocean Race in 2012 [56]

Macif [57] 60' IMOCA Monohull, Composite carbon nomex, designed with Guillaume Verdier Skipped by Francois Gabart:

-Winner of the Vendee Globe in 2013, 78d 2h 16min 40sec

Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (Gitana XV) [58] MOD 70' one design multihull, Carbon composite nomex Skipped by Sebastien Josse:

-Winner of Transat Jacques Vabre 2013

2012 Oman Sail [59] MOD 70' one design multihull, Carbon composite nomex Skipped by Sidney Gavignet [60]
2013 Prince de Bretagne [61] 80' trimaran, Composite carbon nomex Skipped by Lionel Lemonchois for the Route Du Rhum 2014
Hydros 1 & 2 - Class C [62] 25' Class C catamarans, for the Little Americas Cup, Composite carbon nomex
2014 Sodebo Ultim [63] 105' trimaran, ex-Geronimo, Composite Carbon nomex Skipped by Thomas Coville
Comanche 100 [64] 100' Monohull, Composite carbon nomex, designed with Guillaume Verdier Launched September 2014

Owned by James_H._Clark, Kristy_Hinze

Skippered by Ken Read (sailor)

-Transatlantic Record 2016, 5d 14h 21m 25s

2015 Safran 2 [65] 60' IMOCA Racing Monohull, composite carbon nomex, designed with Guillaume Verdier Launched on February 5, 2015 to be skipped by Morgan Lagraviere for the Vendee Globe 2016
Banque Populaire [66] 60' IMOCA Racing Monohull, composite carbon nomex, designed with Guillaume Verdier

, Launched on June 9th 2015 for the Vendee Globe 2016, to be skipped by Armel Le Cleac'h

CURRENT PROJECT
Edmond de Rothschild (Gitana XVI) 60' IMOCA Racing Monohull, composite carbon nomex, designed with Guillaume Verdier, to be launched in July 2015 for the Vendee Globe 2016, to be skipped by Sebastien Josse CURRENT PROJECT
Vento di Sardegna [67] 60' IMOCA Racing Monohull, composite carbon nomex, designed with Guillaume Verdier, to be launched in July 2015 for the Vendee Globe 2016, to be skipped by Andrea Mura CURRENT PROJECT
Hugo Boss [68] 60' IMOCA Racing Monohull, composite carbon nomex, designed with Guillaume Verdier, to be launched in July 2015 for the Vendee Globe 2016, to be skipped by Alex Thomson CURRENT PROJECT
Saint-Michel - Virbac [69] 60' IMOCA Racing Monohull, composite carbon nomex, designed with Guillaume Verdier, to be launched in September 2015 for the Vendee Globe 2016, to be skipped by Jean-Pierre Dick CURRENT PROJECT
Macif_(trimaran) [70] 100' Racing Trimaran, Composite carbon nomex, launched August 18,2015 for fr:François_Gabart -1st Transat Jacque Vabre 2015 double with Pascal_Bidégorry

-1st Transat Bakerly Ultime in 2016


Sport boats[edit]

Date Name Size Description
2007 Multi 23 [71] 23' Multihull day sailing catamaran, Composite carbon nomex
2013 Diam 24 24' One Design Multihull sports boat, Composite carbon nomex

Cruising[edit]

Custom yachts[edit]

Date Name Size Description
1991 Highest Honour 1 & 2 85' Twin charter catamarans built in composite by DRA shipyard, in France
1998 Douce France 138' Schooner rig cruising built in Aluminium by Alumarine France [72]
Wins the 1999 "Most innovative Yacht" award
2001 Freebird One 90' Day charter catamarans built in aluminium at Gamelin, France
2001 Horizon 50' Performance catamaran with dagger boards built in composites at Horizon Boats, South California USA
2003 Ciliam (Lago 92') [73] 92' Custom composite Luxury Catamaran built by Salthouse in New Zealand [74]
Corolian VI (Bis 77') 77' Limited edition carbon Sailing Catamaran built in Italy
Sunreef [75] 74' Custom Aluminium Sailing Catamaran Built by Sunreef Yachts in Gdansk, Poland
2008 Sophie 63' Power Catamaran 'the floating villa' built in composites by JetTern in China
2011 Hemisphere (Gemini) 145' Custom luxury sailing Catamaran, Largest sailing catamaran in the world, Built in Aluminium at Derecktor, USA & Pendennis, UK[76]
Tosca [77](Moxie 61) 61' Built in composite at Jazmarine, South Africa
2012 Mousetrap (VPLP 110) 110' Custom luxury sailing Catamaran, Built in carbon composite by JFA Shipyard
2013 BBs 35' Monohull Sailing boat, designed for day sailing "Sailing beach boat"
BBm 40' Monohull power boat, designed for day sailing "Motor Beach boat"

Production yachts[edit]

VPLP worked on several serial production boats programs, including the Lagoon range from the beginning, The Outremer 5X and the power monohul dayboat Smartboat.[78]

Experimental[edit]

Date Name Size Description
1994 Hydroptère [79] 60' Hydrofoil prototype for Alain Thebault
1997 Hydroptère [80] 60' The second version has been launched
2001 Hydroptère [81] 60' The third evolution launched
2004 Hydroptère [82] 60' The fourth evolution launched
  • 2006 : Record across the English Channel at 33 knots over 1 nm [83]
2006 Hydroptère [84] 60' The fifth evolution launched
  • 2007 : 500m record at 44.5 knots in 500m and 41,5 knots over 1 nm [85]
  • 2009 : 51 kn Speed record on 500 meters [86]
2008 Siz & Co [87] 32' Foiler for the Lake Léman
2014 Hy-X 20' Foiling boat

Working[edit]

Date Name Size Description
1995 Waterworld 60' Trimaran, sister ship of Pierre 1er, Built for the Universal Studios movie in "Waterworld"
2004 Lokeya 40' Custom Aluminium Fishing Catamaran, Built by Alunox at Saint Malo
2007 Claud'Edith II 40' Custom Aluminium Fishing Catamaran, Built by Alunox at Saint Malo
Friendship [88] 40' Water ambulance designed for the NGO Friendship, Built in composite by Taratari shipyard

Annexes[edit]

Waterworld[edit]

In 1994 VPLP designed the racing trimaran made famous by the movie Waterworld starring Kevin Costner. Two 60-foot (18 m) trimarans were built at Jeanneau’s racing division (Jeanneau Techniques Avancées),[4] one a conventional trimaran capable of speeds in excess of 30 kn (56 km/h) and a second boat with unconventional features that allowed it to transform for certain scenes in the movie and was used for most of the onboard and special effects scenes. This second boat, although used for many of the close up scenes, was able to sail but was not capable of the speeds of the conventional trimaran.

Hydroptère[edit]

In 1994 plans for an experimental Hydrofoil prototype was commissioned for Alain Thebault. The first Hydroptère was a 60-foot (18 m) trimaran. In the following years four additional evolutions were built. In 2006 HYDROPTÈRE 5 was launched. This was the first boat to cross the 50-knot (93 km/h) barrier (51 knots speed record set in 2009[5]).

Groupama 3[edit]

Groupama 3 and Franck Cammas
The prime design consideration for Groupama 3 was for a multihull which can be manipulated by a crew of ten people and not to make then LOA a defining characteristic thus Groupama 3 is not a maxi multihull!. It's a trimaran, which is also heavily inspired by Groupama 2, the 60-foot (18 m) ORMA : with the adoption of foils and the installation of three rudders, with a wide, open cockpit and a proportionally moderate sail plan. As a result, we opted for a relatively small boat which is rather light, progressive and very reactive. The deck plan enables the crew to manoeuvre faster in order to adjust the sail area to changes in condition and hence permanently exploit the trimaran's potential.

As the record programme included above all the Jules Verne Trophy, it was necessary to take into account the `Southern ocean' parameter: the foils are far forward so that the boat is nose up, the freeboard is high to prevent the bow from burying, the height of the mast limits the trim changes. The balance when sailing is considerably safer than on a 60-foot (18 m) Orma."[6]

Groupama 3 was reconfigured for Franck Cammas to enter the 9th edition of the single handed Route de Rhum 2010 which started 31 October 2010. Groupama 3 was the first to finish in 9 days, 3 hours, 14 minutes and 47 seconds. The Route de Rhum takes place once every four years, is a single-handed race across the Atlantic starting in Saint-Malo, France and finishing in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.

Maxi Banque Populaire V[edit]

Banque Populaire V, the largest ocean racing trimaran in the world, was launched in August 2008 in Lorient (BrittanyFrance). Built at sites in Cherbourg, La Rochelle and Lorient, the construction of the maxi trimaran took 250 000 man hours of work, utilising a total workforce of some 170 people. Under the leadership Pascal Bidégorry, skipper of the Banque Populaire trimarans since 2004, the crew of the Maxi Banque Populaire V has embarked on a campaign to beat some of the most prestigious ocean racing records.

For VPLP, the challenge consisted of designing a fully crewed, no compromise multihull, which is totally versatile but very high-performing, suitable for a mixed programme, which is always seaworthy but cutting edge and progressive, but which always preserves the safety of the crew on board. At 40-metre (131 ft) trimaran, Maxi Banque Populaire V is, to date the largest ocean racing trimaran ever designed and built.

Pascal Bidégorry and his associate Ronan Lucas, the Director of the Team Banque Populaire, sought a design centred on a very specific idea:

“We wanted a big boat which would be able to sail fast safely but with a range of speeds, all that we knew we could master from a technological point of view”. Pascal Bidégorry skipper of Maxi Banque Populaire V.

BMW Oracle BOR 90[edit]

BMW Oracle winner America's Cup 33 - Deed of Gift
The 33rd America's Cup was held under a strict Deed of Gift[7] rules: The first team to win two out of three races is the winner of the 33rd America’s Cup. It was specified by the cup holder SNG that the match be sailed in yachts 90 ft (27 m) by 90 ft (27 m), and so the Golden Gate Yacht Club developed their trimaran BOR (BMW Oracle Racing) 90, whilst the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) have opted for a giant catamaran, Alinghi 5. When it was proposed that the 33rd edition of the America's Cup would be contested with multihulls, BMW Oracle team immediately signed[8] VPLP to their core design team

BMW ORACLE Racing 'BOR 90, sailed as USA 17' the American challenger, representing the Golden Gate Yacht Club, won the 33rd America’s Cup Match in Valencia, sweeping past the Swiss defender, Alinghi, to a 2-0 victory.

Race one, a windward - leeward course with 20-mile (32 km) legs, saw BMW ORACLE Racing's trimaran winning by 15.28 minutes. In race two, a triangle, with 13-mile (21 km) legs, the Challenger crossed the finishing line ahead by 5.26 minutes.

Multi One Design MOD 70[edit]

An one-design 70-foot (21 m) multihull designed to create a new class of oceangoing racer. When compared to its predecessor the ORMA 60. the MOD 70 is 10-foot (3.0 m) longer, 5 feet (1.5 m) narrower, carries less sailarea with a shorter rig and higher crossbeam clearance. The design concept was to sacrifice some of the ORMA 60's extreme performance for reduced cost, reliability and safety.[9]

References[edit]

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