Photography by Martin Raget
07 September 2023
The studio of yacht designer Philippe Briand is showcasing three new projects at the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival 2023.
Renowned French naval architect Philippe Briand has two studios, one in La Rochelle, France and one in London, UK.
Between the two offices, there are 15 naval architects, architects, yacht designers, product designers and managers, all led by Briand himself – who also helms the Vitruvius Yachts design studio. It has been said that Briand’s designs have launched over 1,200 yachts during his esteemed career.
The Philippe Briand studio is introducing vessels from the Bluegame, CNB and Jeanneau brands for the first time at the upcoming 2023 Cannes boat show, which takes place 12 to 17 September on the French Riviera.
The studio’s lineup includes two world premieres and one Cannes debut across these three luxury yachting brands.
This project started in 2020 and represents the first motor twin hull ever built by Bluegame, part of the Sanlorenzo group. Thanks to its multihull, the BGM75 benefits from increased stability, large volumes, and reduced fuel consumption. Philippe Briand says the new BGM75 will “break the rules” of the multihull segment.
“The reason we named it twin hull instead of power catamaran is because of the width of the platform, which is not that of a sailing catamaran or that of a traditional monohull, it is in between,” explains Briand.
“We chose this solution after experiencing excessive rocky movement on beamier sailing catamarans while cruising.
“With reduced distance between the two floats, we achieved much smoother rolling, almost like a monohull, while still maintaining higher stability.”
The CNB78 project is described as the upgraded version of the CNB76. The study of this 23-metre sailing yacht follows the acquisition of the brand CNB by the Solaris Group in 2021.
“We’ve designed the CNB78 following the tradition of all the CNB models we’ve worked on since 1985,” says Briand.
“In addition, we took advantage of the new group to propose something new and future-oriented, keeping an eye on the new size limit of 24 metres for mooring in the Med.”
Starting in March 2020, the Jeanneau Yachts 55 project is a product of the Covid period. Despite this, the Jeanneau Yacht 55 – developed together with the Jeanneau team (part of the Beneteau Group) and Winch Design – has sold 15 units in just five months.
“We wanted to explore and understand how the features first introduced in sailing catamarans could also be applied aboard sailing monohulls,” says Briand.
“That’s why we designed such an innovative layout, where the core of the onboard living area is outside amidship but fully protected, leaving a large open space aft for a perfect al fresco beach club and a private owner suite forward, including galley and lounge.”