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Hat-Trick for Philippe Briand Designs at Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta

Yachts from the drawing board of Philippe Briand secure top spots in performance classes.

18 March 2016

Superyachts designed by world-class sailor Philippe Briand took a number of podium places at this year’s Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta 2016, at which a record number of vessels participated for the sixth edition. Over three days, from 10 to 12 March, 21 superyachts from the most prestigious designers and shipyards came together across four classes to battle it out on the course in excellent conditions off the British Virgin Islands.

After several days of closely fought races, a trio of Philippe Briand-designed superyachts finished in the top three of the two highest-performance classes of the competition. Having jostled for the pole position in her class with S/Y Nilaya over the duration of the weekend, 33.4m Vitters-built S/Y Inouï, a carbon composite sloop with naval architecture and exterior design from Philippe Briand, took second place in Class A, the most high-performance of the classes in the regatta. Finishing just behind Inouï was Briand’s 42.3m S/Y Samurai (ex-Mari Cha IV), which was third overall in Class B. The Briand-designed, Perini Navi-built 38.0m S/Y P2 took the top prize for Class B overall, having closely fought against S/Y Hetairos all week.

“I’m so pleased to see my designs continue to bring joy and pride to their owners during these fantastic superyacht regattas, which are the yachting calendar highlight for many,” said Philippe Briand. “To see three of our designs finish in the top three of their class at this year’s Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta, even over 10 years after they have been launched, is very inspiring.”

London-based Philippe Briand has been conceiving high-performance yachts since his La Rochelle childhood, and his technical excellence and precision - accompanied by a strong artistic flair - have continued to evolve over what is arguably the most prolific career of any yacht designer today.

Early insights into naval architecture, advanced hydrodynamics and production engineering during an internship with Swedish designer Pelle Petterson armed Briand with the skills to create dozens of successful production yacht models, of which over 12,000 vessels have been built.

His portfolio spans four decades, starting with his first IOR Quarter Ton design at the age of 16. His designs for competition have included eight yachts for six America’s Cup campaigns; two of the vessels for the French team that won the Admiral’s Cup in 1991; and countless high-performance offshore racing yachts. An accomplished sailor himself, Briand has won the Half-Ton Cup in 1993 and the One-Ton Cup in 1994, in yachts of his own designs.

Briand’s first foray into superyachts came in 1995, with a winning submission for the design of the groundbreaking, award-winning 44.7m S/Y Mari Cha III, and then Mari Cha IV. The success of these lightweight, high-performance cruising racers propelled him into the world of superyachts, where he has enjoyed considerable success.

Briand and his team of designers have won over 30 international yacht design awards (to date year 2015) for their work, and have collaborated with some of the most highly respected sailing yacht builders in the world, including Alloy Yachts (New Zealand), CNB (France), Groupe Beneteau (France), Perini Navi (Italy), Royal Huisman (Netherlands) and Vitters (Netherlands). They currently produce yacht designs and naval architecture always oriented on use of new technologies - ranging from 6 to over 100 metres, both for sailing yachts and motor yacht. The team puts a strong emphasis on performance and is continually employing new technologies to enhance designs, in a quest for perfection.

He is one of the few - if not the only - yacht designers with the technical capabilities and experience to design high performance yachts of both the motor and sailing variety. In recent years, his collaboration with Vitruvius Yachts has seen three of his motor yacht designs launched (50m, 55m and 73m), bringing an evolved, high-performance and long-range style to the sphere.