Yann is a French naval architect with extensive experience in the design and construction of a variety of boats all over the world, always using the latest technologies and processes. His passion started very young and that guided him to pursue a degree in Yacht and Powercraft Design at the Southampton Institute in England, where he graduated.

After working in Europe designing and building carbon masts (78” racing boats, IMS, IRC…), Yann joined the French aeronautic industry and set up a helicopter design company, AVSUN Aerotechnics.

In 2005, Yann was approached to lead the technical side of the design office for Southern Wind Shipyard in Cape Town, South Africa. His main projects included the design and construction of boats from 72’ to 110’ cruiser racers. The scope of his responsibilities included design, structural engineering, project management, classification societies, stability and weight calculations…

In 2011, Yann joined the Chinese challenger for the America’s Cup as the Design and Technical Director for the construction of the most advanced catamaran in the world (72ft with wingsail), to be raced at the 34th America’s Cup. He worked with the Chinese local manufacturing firm to ensure that they would be fully equipped with all the unique requirements of this challenge prior to starting the project. Due to funding challenges, the 72ft ultra-modern mega-catamaran was not able to be built but the project is in continuation mode for the next opportunity.

Yann always had a passion to better integrate biomimicry into the designs of the boats and yachts in order to improve performance that could be measured in revolutions rather than evolutions. For that reason, Yann studied and worked with a number of world renowned experts in this field to focus on applying this state of the art science to the field of yachts and boats in a way that has never been done before.

Today, under his own company, Yann offers a variety of design services to customers around the world from his Hong Kong office, combined with close partnerships with experts in USA, Europe and an especially close link to South Africa.