8,000 miles

It’s not often that a VPLP architect gets the chance to sail an IMOCA designed by the firm over a great distance. But that’s just what Antoine Lauriot Prévost did when he seized the opportunity to crew HUGO BOSS on her 8,000-mile return trip from Cape Town to Gosport, following her withdrawal from the Vendée Globe.

Under the remote supervision of Xavier Guisnel, who coordinates the engineering team at VPLP Design, Antoine harvested precious information on how an IMOCA behaves on the open sea. The resulting data will contribute to improving the firm’s tools for analysing performance.

Antoine’s experience will also bring to the table a greater appreciation of the “feel” of the vessel, knowledge which can be leveraged during the preliminary design phases of future IMOCAs. Antoine and Xavier told us about their experiences…

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