Drawing by Officina Italiana Design (image by: Justin Ratcliffe)

UK, Surrey. At the CWM FX London Boat Show 2015 — Wednesday 14 to Thursday 15 January — the Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition will challenge eight university design students from around the country to create a design in 36 hours using their hand-drawing skills only.

“The future success of our industry lies in the hands of the next generation,” explains James Roy from BMT Nigel Gee, which is sponsoring the competition alongside Pendennis Shipyard. “It is important that we encourage, motivate and foster their development and entry into the superyacht industry. We are very pleased to support the SYUK Young Designer Competition in collaboration with leading industry partners, and look forward to seeing some exciting results.”

The aim of the competition is to raise the profile of the marine industry as a potential career for graduates, while highlighting the importance of sketching by hand. The third year students will be issued a brief in advance and will have 36 hours to complete their design. The finished work will then be judged by a panel of experienced designers within the superyacht industry including Mark Tucker at Design Unlimited, James Claydon at Claydon Reeves, Philippe Briand at Philippe Briand and vice chair of Superyacht UK, Peter Brown at Burgess Yachts.

“As people become more comfortable using advanced computer software to design, it is possible that the specialised skill of drawing by hand is becoming a lost art,” says Brown. “In the superyacht world, designing a yacht by hand is essential. Designers need to be able to quickly capture the client’s imagination in a short space of time.”

The winner will be announced at the Superyacht UK Technical Seminar at 4pm on Thursday 15 January, with the winner receiving a four-week paid internship at Pendennis Shipyard.

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