Superyacht young designer winner announced

James Shakespeare Photo: British Marine James Shakespeare Photo: British Marine
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A transport design student from Staffordshire University has won the annual Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition 2019, sponsored by Marine Resources at The Superyacht Design Forum.

James Shakespeare beat nine other contenders in the competition which had a James Bond theme this year. His design was praised for its visual style and eco-friendly features.

On winning the competition, the only one of its kind in the UK, James said, “The environmental element of the brief was a good challenge and I learnt a lot from the talks at The Superyacht Design Forum.”

Hydrogen powered

“For my design, I created a unique hydrogen system that allows the boat to take hydrogen from the water it’s travelling through and make energy from that,” he added.

James will spend two weeks at the custom superyacht builder and refit specialist, Pendennis Shipyard, followed by an additional two weeks at yacht and superyacht design house, Olesinski Ltd.

Jeff Houlgrave, chairman of Superyacht UK, said it had been an excellent couple of days mentoring Britain’s next generation of design talent. “This year it was particularly difficult to decide between the top four contestants, but we are thrilled to crown James 2019’s Superyacht UK Young Designer.

“James was chosen as the winner because he provided the best all round package. He created a feasible and sound concept with quality design,” he said.

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