As from today, the two naval architects have chosen to put the future governance of the agency, founded in February 1983. In the hands of a new executive committee, made up of Simon Watin (President), Mathias Maurios, Quentin Lucet and Xavier Guisnel.
The two founders of the VPLP Design agency, Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prévost, are handing over management to a new team. They have taken this decision now so as to be able to provide effective and long-term support for their successors.
Simon Watin, Project Lead in the agency, where he began his career in 2008 and to which he returned in 2020 after six years with Artemis Racing – will preside over the executive committee, made up of Mathias Maurios, a naval architects with VPLP Design since 2000, Quentin Lucet, a naval architect (joined in 2006), and Xavier Guisnel, an engineer (joined in 2013).
Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prévost have made VPLP Design a world leader in naval architecture. The agency has three divisions of activity:
The Racing Division: multihulls and monohulls designed by VPLP Design have won the most prestigious races in the world with the best skippers from France (Eric Tabarly, Florence Arthaud, Olivier de Kersauson, Yvan Bourgnon, Franck Cammas, Armel Le Cléac’h, François Gabart…) and from abroad (Russell Coutts, Ken Read…).
The Leisure Division: for 34 years, VPLP Design has been the exclusive designer of the Lagoon/Excess range of cruise catamarans produced by the Beneteau Group. The agency was chosen by the Grand Large Yachting shipyard to design their new models in the Outremer and Gunboat ranges. It is also present on the deep sea yachting market, notably including the design of Douce France and Hémisphère, the two largest sailing catamarans in the world.
The Shipping Division: the agency’s most recent activity has been the design of innovatory ships for decarbonated shipping; following on from the Canopée projectn a winged cargo ship that will transport components of the Ariane 6 launch vehicle.