© Christian Février

Gérard Lambert

Gérard Lambert, named for the hero of a song by French rocker Renaud, was our very first design and was produced in the same year we founded the naval architecture firm called VPLP! Built in glass and carbon fibre in 1983 in a little village in the Breton region of the Morbihan by Jean-François de Prémorel for Vincent Lévy, this 50-metre trimaran featured foils – already! – which we added to glass-reinforced plastic floats (GRP) for the first time.

© Christian Février

Gérard Lambert took part in the 1983 La Baule–Dakar and finished 11th in OSTAR 1984, crossing the line 15 hours behind the winner. During the 1986 Route du Rhum, skipper Olivier Moussy had to abandon her after colliding with a cargo vessel.

Launched

1983

Category

proto 50′ foiler

Architect

VPLP Design

Builder

Jean-François de Prémorel

Materials

kevlar/carbon

Length

15,24 m

Beam

14,70 m

Draft

0.5 m/2.5 m

Air Draft

22 m

Propulsion

sail

Sail Area

157 m²