Architect - bañulsdesign

Renaud Bañuls is one of the very few architects benefiting from hands-on experience on racing multihulls. As foredeck crew on Géant*, the ORMA60 trimaran helmed by Michel Desjoyaux and a trimmer on Frank Cammas highly successful Groupama, Renaud has been able to fully comprehend - in the aggressive environment of multihull racing, the direct implications of design choices.

He gained his experience in multihull design during his 10 year career at VPLP, where he was instrumental in the design of the America’s Cup winner BMW Oracle, the maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V and the high performance racer-cruiser SIG45, a sleek looking fast sailing catamaran that embodies Speed, Innovation and Grace.

His education as an architect enables him to design luxury catamarans that are not only fast but also set new standards in terms of aesthetics. Renaud shows that speed, luxury and elegance are compatible.

(*Géant is now sailing in New Zealand for her owner/skipper Simon Hull under the name Vodafone)


Engineering - HDS

Detailed structural engineering analysis - including sophisticated FEA (Finite Element Analysis) ensures the placement of the composite fibers matches the mapped load paths, reducing unnecessary fiber where it is not required.

bañulsdesign has teamed up with HDS, the office of Hervé Devaux, involved in the conception and structural engineering of mono and multihull racing yachts including:

  • America’s Cup winner BMW Oracle and its revolutionary wing
  • Round the World record holder Groupama 3
  • Sailing speed record 2009 holder Hydroptère
  • Ultimate fast cruising 60ft trimaran Paradox
  • Transatlantic singlehanded and 24 hours singlehanded speed record holder 105ft trimaran Sodebo
  • Singlehanded Round the World record holder IDEC
  • Transatlantic record and longest distance run in 24 Hr record Maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V
  • Vendée Globe Winner FONCIA.