GUILLAUME VERDIER (FRA)
|If there’s one thing Verdier works harder at than drawing the best
ocean racers of the current era it is dodging public recognition.
Well, mon ami, we got you this time – as did the readers who
voted for you. For those who quietly marvelled at the superiority
of Team New Zealand’s foil solutions and the way that one team
had committed so confidently to the wind conditions expected
for the final Match look no further than the Kiwi’s secret weapon.
How many Cup fans even knew the Frenchman wore an All Blacks
|Why they won|
|Meteoric is the only
way to describe the
career trajectory of
this brilliant – and still
annoyingly youthful – designer!
Verdier became involved with the
Imoca 60 fleet ahead of the 2012/13
Vendée Globe; working alongside
multihull experts VPLP the two teams
identified a new Imoca concept and
their designs dominated the race. For
2016 every new Imoca 60 was built
to their designs. Now there is a new
Ultim: Verdier’s biggest ‘solo’ project|