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Lagoon and VPLP Design:
a collaboration spanning 40 years

Over the last forty years, yacht-builders Lagoon have established themselves as the very embodiment of the cruising catamaran. Since the launch of their first model the Lagoon 55, more than 7,000 units comprising almost forty different models have been marketed throughout the world. Marc Van Peteghem, architect and founder of VPLP Design, and Mathias Maurios, partner […]

Outremer 52,
European Yacht of the year 2024

The Outremer 52 received the Multihull of the Year 2024 award at the European Yacht of the Year Awards. Along with the 5X and 55 designed by the VPLP agency, this is the fifth time that the Outremer shipyard has earned this title, often compared to the “Oscars of the sailing industry”.

The Vendée Globe 2028
starts now !

Drawing on the lessons learned from The Ocean Race and the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie–Le Havre, the architects at VPLP Design continue to research and refine their vision of the ideal IMOCA for the next but one edition of the Vendée Globe. Partner naval architects Quentin Lucet and Antoine Lauriot-Prévost, the latter having sailed on Justine Mettraux’s for the boat’s return […]

“Ultims can go fast
and stay damage-free”

Following the 16th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie–Le Havre, Xavier Guilbaud joined the crew of  SVR Lazartigue for the return trip to Concarneau. VPLP Design’s partner naval architect talks about this two-handed transatlantic crossing and gives his assessment of the Arkea Ultim Challenge–Brest, the first solo round-the-world race for Ultims which starts out from Brest on […]

Sun Fast 30 One Design,
yacht of the year 2024

Currently in mass production at the Jeanneau yard in Nantes Cheviré, the Sun Fast 30 One Design has been named 2024 sailboat of the year by French sailing monthly Voile Magazine during the Journées de la Régate et de la Course au large, an event organized by Yacht Club de France on 15–16 December to […]

a conspicuous racing debut

Launched in early June for Irvine Laidlaw, a Scottish baron, the first Gunboat 80 made her regatta debut in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup (3–9 September, Porto Cervo). Xavier Guilbaud, Partner Naval Architect at VPLP Design, and Benoît Lebizay, Managing Partner at Gunboat, were aboard to present this exceptional catamaran. She’s the eighth Gunboat to be launched since the brand was picked up […]

founding a new direction for
VPLP Design

Canopée, a cargo ship designed by VPLP Design for transporting sections of the Ariane 6 rocket, had her official launching ceremony on 5 October in Bordeaux and is now getting ready to start sailing between ports in Europe and French Guiana. Her magnificent wing sails were fitted in late August. This innovative vessel has been a catalyst for several […]

How VPLP developed an innovative shipping concept for VELA

Looking to develop a fast sailing ship to provide a shipping service between Europe and the USA, the French start-up VELA asked VPLP Design to explore the range of possibilities in the fledgling sector of zero-carbon transport of goods by sea. This led to the design of a 65 m schooner-rigged trimaran which can carry 350 […]