Philippe Briand

  • philippe Briand whimsy image
  • philippe briand whimsy image


Whimsy was built by the New Zealand shipyard, Vaudrey Miller Yachts and was launched in Auckland Bay in August 2005.

She is owned by an experienced racing yachtsman who was heavily involved in the design process – his guiding principle was ‘less is more’. The result is a highly contemporary design conceived to sail round the world and which has the performance capacities and the sensitivity of a racing yacht. Constant attention was paid to weight. Half-load displacement of around 40 tonnes was made possible with the use of composites – kevlar, carbon, glass – and a T-shaped bulb keel. The fact that she is relatively light but has a large sail area (more than 300 m² upwind) and optimised waterline length means that Whimsy easily attains speeds of 10 knots with a small crew, largely facilitated by the mainsail’s ‘magic trim’. A modern white and grey hull, flush deck, low roof and relatively straight bows echo the up-to-the-minute interior which is simple and welcoming. Franck Darnet and Sopha Architectes created the boat’s interiors using quality materials such as anegree, rosewood and brushed steel and subtle tones of grey and white. The layout is designed for relaxed day-to-day living with the most emphasis is placed on the saloon rather than the cabins. The crew cabins are situated towards the front of the boat with a further three guest cabins towards the rear.

Whimsy was sailed extensively in the South Pacific before being brought back to Malta.