Philippe Briand charming creatures: Part 1
Famous French designer Philippe Briand has taken in yachting long-established traditions with his mother`s milk. His father was a professional sailor and represented France at the Olympics Games in 1968. Philip`s career began in La Rochelle, where he started sailing at the age of nine, when he was sixteen Brian designed his first sailing yacht. By the age of twenty-two Philip has created first series yacht. Brian sport achievements include winning several World Championships, Half Ton Cup and One Ton Cup.
From 1986 to 2000 Philip has been working on design of 8 America’s Cup yachts, including the winners French Kiss” and “Ville de Paris”. In 2003 Briand has created "Mari-Cha IV" - the fastest and largest monohull yacht in the world, setting the trans-Atlantic world record: 6 days - 17 hours 52 minutes at an average speed of 20 knots.
Today Philippe’s designs have been awarded the prestigious `Design of the Year` for several times.
He founded his own company Philippe Briand Ltd in 1978. For thirty years the company has maintained its unrivalled reputation as one of the industry`s leading design and architectural firm. The company employs 12 talented people, for suppliers’ and customers’ convenience there are two offices located in La Rochelle, France and London.
The sailing yacht P2, designed by Philippe Briand, was launched in 2008. The vessel`s hull is made of aluminium sealium. Its American buyer insisted that the yacht should have an outstanding performance. This was achieved by light displacement. P2 has a displacement of 138 tons. The interior of the vessel is designed by Perini Navi, and includes a large master suite, two or four cabins for guests, depending on the version, a spacious deck saloon and a sheltered cockpit. In general, the design reflects the dynamic character of the yacht.
Bristolian II was launched in New Zealand in June of 2008 by Yachting Development. The main requirement of the customer was that the yacht should be as high performance as the current model and at the same time remaining its specific new design. Thus, a carbon composite boat was build with a lifting keel and modern style decision. As the customer wanted below deck a low saloon with a raised dining area to the starboard side it was achieved by original asymmetrical deck saloon.