More than 10 000 boats have been constructed based on the designs drawn up by Philippe Briand. These designs have been realized in France, Great Britain, Sweden, Holland, Germany, Italy, the United States, New Zeeland and Japan.
All boats are innovative in three areas:
Briand designed 9 boats that won international regattas: the Admiral’s Cup, One Ton Cup, Half Ton Cup, Quarter Ton Cup, Whitbread, Fastnet, 50-ft World Championship…
Most significantly he designed 8 America’s Cup challenger boats between 1986 and 2000, among which winners like “French Kiss” and “Ville de Paris”. Most recently Briand’s design of the “Mari-Cha IV” proved to be the fastest monohull in the world after the boat broke the trans-Atlantic world record, crossing the ocean in 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes.
Briand’s most famous and acclaimed design is the “Mari-Cha III”, the first 145 foot superyacht that crossed the boundaries into a new frontier where aesthetics and performance are fused. The Mari Cha III was constructed entirely out of carbon yet maintained the comforts and amenities of a luxury interior inspired by the Victorian era. Launched in 1997, the boat broke the trans-Atlantic record in 1998 with a time of 8 days and 23 hours.
Other designs have excelled in their respective categories. After the “Bordeaux 76” series was launched, 14 semi-customs followed; the “Grand Blue Vintage” received praise for her elegant decksaloon; both the “Taransay” and “Whimsy”, launched in 2005, have bright futures as well.
The largest shipyards in the world, including Bénéteau and Jeanneau, have entrusted Briand with designing over one hundred models generating over one billion Euros for the shipyards. Among others, Briand’s designs produced such yachts as the “Oceanis”, “Sun Odyssey”, “Sun Fast”, “Espace”, “Dynamique”, “Bordeaux”, “Ovni”…