The lucky seven designers

For the third year running, Lürssen hosted seven young designers at its shipyard in northern Germany for two days. The aim behind the invitation was to give these fresh creative minds an opportunity to discuss their designs with experienced experts and to gain insight into the world of yacht building. The visit coincides with an increasing focus in nurturing new talent in the industry.

In "Nature vs nurture", Lulu Trask spoke to three design houses who have already made headway in embracing new talent and it is encouraging to see big brands such as Lürssen following through, especially where exposure of this nature is so rare.

The first stop for the young designers was the Lürssen Rendsburg facility. The tour gave the designers the opportunity to see three yachts, each at different stages of build. Moving on to Bremen, the designers were given the chance to showcase their own projects to the shipyard and to each other. They were then guided through the facilities in Bremen, visiting two shipyards, seeing both superyachts as well as naval vessels, and being exposed to the diverse facilities that Lürssen has to offer.

Lürssen rowing regatta

"Lürssen provided a priceless opportunity, allowing for a detailed examination of shipbuilding, and design related elements of superyachts," said guest designer, Graham Kukla. "Rarely do young professionals in the design industry get the opportunity to appreciate these magnificent vessels from so close. Exploring various Lürssen facilities helped to provide a comprehensive understanding of the complex engineering, special requirements and build processes behind some of the world's top yachts."

The tour came to a conclusion with a day of fun and entertainment, all the while providing the designers with the chance to meet and speak to yacht industry professionals. During the 'Lürssen rowing regatta', the young talent were given the chance to meet the owners' representative and crew for one of the projects in construction in Bremen.

Experiences such as these help prepare the next generation for what to expect when they enter the industry. Starting fresh out of university or breaking away from an established studio to set up your own takes courage and the right timing. It is for this very reason that we have invited the European Institute of Yacht Design to present an opening keynote at the 2014 SuperyachtDESIGN Week on Tuesday 24th June. The event is designed to educate and equip newcomers to the market with all they need to succeed in our very niche market.

Tuesday also offers a breakout option with a mixed panel chat between internationally recognised designer Rob Doyle and Royal College of Art professor Matteo Conti. They will discuss how the next generation of yacht designers are being prepared for the real world and what happens when they snag that all so lucrative position at a design studio: what comes next?
The final day of the event offers insight into how to break out on your own. Option 1 on Thursday 26th is a Q&A session with Wayne Parker and Fiona Diamond who have branched out on their own following many years service at Terence Disdale Design. For those ready to make a change in their career, this is a talk not to be missed.

For more information on the event or to register for SuperyachtDESIGN Week, please contact our Registration and Delegate Concierge Suzie Hine on +44 (0) 207 801 1014, or email

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