Born and raised in the South of France, Alexandre Fortabat spent his weekends and school holidays cruising across the Mediterranean aboard his parents’ 8m sailboat.

After a scientific degree in France he moved to the UK, graduating from Southampton’s famed Maritime Faculty with Honours and a specialisation in sailing aero-hydrodynamics.

Alexandre then collaborated with world renowned shipyards and design offices on projects ranging from production sailing yachts to ice-breakers. He created Fortabat Yacht Design in 2004. The company’s focus concentrates on performance cruising sailing yachts, catamarans, hull design, global refits and exploration yachts.

Alexandre’s enduring goal is to merge technical expertise with maritime knowledge to produce ever better designs regarding seaworthiness, performance, ergonomics and aesthetics.