VPLPVan Peteghem Lauriot Prevost (French yacht design company)
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VPLP was chosen from a list of designers as the design house.
The big blue Banque Populaire VIII from designers' VPLP & Verdier has large upcurved foils that will vastly reduce the hull's wetted area, and who knows what kind of new angles of sail this monster may achieve.
First tried on that regular testing ground--the Mini Transats--the VPLP & Verdier-designed 60-footer uses upcurved foils to generate lift and therefore reduce the hull's wetted area.
Completed in a blistering time of 12 months by the oldest boat yard in the US, Hodgdon Yachts, Comanche is the incarnation of the vision of design studios Verdier and VPLP.
Code named New Cubed, figures released by VPLP project that the new maxi should average 30 knots of boat speed in 25 knot winds at 120 degrees true wind angle, so like Rambler a reaching Hobart race would probably favour her.
For the design of his new maxi, Clark used the French company VPLP (Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot-Prevost) along with emerging monohull designer Guillaume Verdier.