30 May 2014
Young designers tour Lurssen facilities
In May, Lürssen invited the six finalists of the Boat International Young Designers Award to visit their shipyards in Northern Germany for two days.
In total the group of finalists consisted of seven young designers.
After their pick-up on the 15th May in the morning their first stop was the Lürssen Rendsburg facility.
During the tour there they had the opportunity to see three yachts all in a different stage of build and met with some of the staff that are responsible for building the yachts.
After the shipyard tour the trip lead them further south to Bremen, where after dinner they had the opportunity to present their own projects to Lürssen and most importantly, to each other. Every one of the Young Designers was very enthusiastic not only in presenting his own design but also to see the new ideas presented by the other designers. All in all it was a very impressive, exciting and enriching evening for everybody.
The next day began with another shipyard tour through the Lürssen facilities in Bremen. There they visited two yards and everyone was impressed by the size of the shipyard, the order and cleanliness, the professionalism, the whole logistical and engineering process and last but not least, the enormous size of yachts which can be built there.
In addition to the "white" yachts, there are also naval vessels under construction at the Bremen shipyard which gave the young designers an idea of the complexity of shipbuilding and the diversity of Lürssen.
Friday afternoon was laid out for entertainment. The Young Designers had the chance to participate in the annual “Lürssen Rowing Regatta”, which is organized once a year to entertain owner's representatives and crews who spend many months in Bremen and Rendsburg during the building process or while their yacht is at the yard for refit works.
It was a colourful, entertaining and sportive afternoon, where in total eight rowing teams battled against each other to win the huge Challenge Trophy.
The designers were put in different teams and had to experience firsthand what water can do to a small craft. This also gave them the chance to meet yacht professionals and hear their side of the industry.
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