The Designer

Philippe Briand, Naval Architecture and Yacht Design

Philippe was born into a family where racing is a long-established tradition. Inspired by his father, an Olympian sailor, Philippe began his career in La Rochelle, France as a dinghy sailor at the tender age of 9. He designed his first sailing yacht when he was just 16 years old. By the age of 22 he had developed his first series yacht. The Frenchman’s love affair with yachts began during the 1980s when he became involved in sailing races and won two world championships. This interest in racing led Philippe Briand to become a qualified naval architect. His successes as a sailor led him to both design and race the world famous America’s Cup. This esteemed race is often described as the yacht designers Everest. Philippe went on to design a total of 8 America’s Cup yachts from 1986 to 2000, including winners such as “French Kiss” and “Ville de Paris”.

In 2003, 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 and 52 minutes. Her success has lead to an iconic status and she has become an industry acknowledged benchmark for other super yachts. Philippe’s Yachts can be seen at all major sailing regattas.Three yachts are at this time circumnavigating the globe. Many yachts are in the Pacific and in the Caribbean, some of the yachts are in the North and there are also many yachts in the Med. The demand for boats that not only are raced in regattas but are also used by owners as private holiday retreats has become the core of his design activities.

He is today designing sailing yachts ranging from 30 meters to 95 meters Philippe is a visionary designer and has been acclaimed to bring the most novel designs to the market.