Design students compete to transform an ex-military vessel to a superyacht

Christopher Karam, a student from Staffordshire University, scooped the top prize at the UK Young Designer Competition 2017 Christopher Karam, a student from Staffordshire University, scooped the top prize at the UK Young Designer Competition 2017
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Ten university design students from across the country will take part in the fifth Superyacht UK Young Designer 2018 this week, supported by media partner Boating Business.

With a brief to transform an ex-military / commercial vessel into a bespoke explorer superyacht, the designers will be competing for a four-week internship at event sponsor Pendennis Shipyard.

The competition – taking place at London Boat Show - will involve the students hand drawing rather than relying on computer software for their designs.

Global hub

"The UK remains a global hub for superyacht design and Superyacht UK is keen to help nurture the next generation of design talent,” said Peter Brown, Superyacht UK chairman. “The core skill of hand sketching is increasingly rare and is often dismissed in favour of software generated design work and so the challenge for young designers becomes one of differentiating themselves from much of the competition by employing a more traditional skillset when the situation demands it.”

The competition takes place at the 2018 London Boat Show and is run by Superyacht UK, an association of British Marine.

The runner up will receive the prize of a two-week internship at design and naval architecture studio and event sponsor, Olesinski based on the Isle of Wight.

Great design

Last year the competition was won by Christopher Karam, a student from Staffordshire University, who was able to gain an opportunity to develop his understanding of how to translate great design into practical production working on one of the shipyard’s high-profile projects.

“Since being involved as a sponsor, Pendennis has always been impressed with the imagination, hard work and enthusiasm shown by the candidates during the Show, as well as the high calibre of each winner during their subsequent internship at the yard,” explained Stephen Hills, projects director at Pendennis Shipyard and one of the competition judges.

“The range of responses to the brief and the calibre of drawings produced are always impressive.”

Other judges are Justin Olesinski – Olesinski, Peter Brown – Burgess, Tony Dixon - Redman Whiteley Dixon, Dimitris Hadjidimos - D-iD.

The British superyacht industry is posting high figures of growth with the sector generating £615m in revenue and employing around 4,200 people.


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