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UK, London. A brand new feature for this year's SuperyachtDESIGN Week, held from 23 – 25 June: the Designer Draw Off. Three top superyacht designers will showcase their hand-drawing talents in front of a live audience under a strict time constraint. Taking inspiration from the three themes of SuperyachtDESIGN Week (SYDW): smart engineering, living architecture and planetary protection, this is your chance to see famed superyacht designers grab a pencil for a worthy cause.

The three eminent designers who will kindly donate their time for this SYDW feature are Rob Doyle, Steve Gresham and Greg Marshall.

Rob Doyle, Rob Doyle Design

Founder and principle of Rob Doyle Design, Doyle has over 20 years of experience in the naval architecture and large yacht design fields. Notable for his sailing and motor yacht designs, projects include the 64m S/Y Felicita West, the 78m S/Y m5 (ex-Mirabella V), the 58m S/Y Ethereal, 46m S/Y Christopher, M/Y Affinity, the Marco Polo series and M/Y Karia.

Steve Gresham, Gresham Yacht Design

With a degree in transport design, Gresham started out as a car stylist in Formula 1 for Williams Grand Prix Racing. Moving into yacht design, Gresham partnered with Don Shead, Tony Castro and H2 Yacht Design on various projects as a freelance designer before founding his own studio, Gresham Yacht Design in 2013.

Greg Marshall, Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architect

Flying in from Canada to participate in SYDW, Marshall is the CEO and founder of Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architect, an award-winning design studio behind M/Y Big Fish, M/Y Pacific Mariner, M/Y Chasing Daylight and M/Y Gene Machine, to name a few.

Upon completion of the draw-off, the canvases will be donated to Sail 4 Cancer and auctioned off at their next event.  Sail 4 Cancer is a provider of water-based excursions and holidays for families whose lives are affected by cancer. The charity donates funds to cancer care facilities, as well as supporting research that look at the positive effects of exercise, how it can help prevent cancer and aid recovery post diagnosis. This cause is close to the heart of many in the superyacht industry, and we hope this initiative will encourage donations to this worthy cause.

To view the full SYDW programme, click here. Still haven’t registered? Click here today!

SuperyachtDESIGN Week is proudly sponsored by 
Gold level: Awlgrip and Blohm+Voss Shipyards. Silver level: Clyde & Co and OceanLED. Bronze level: Hacker-Craft, Heirlooms, RINA, SA Baxter Architectural Hardware and ZEZ Fabric.

If you have enjoyed reading this article, you’ll love our upcoming event, The Superyacht Design Forum, taking place on 25 - 26 June 2019 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. The Superyacht Design Forum provides anyone in the superyacht design world with a unique opportunity to explore new thinking and share smarter solutions for the future of superyachts. To find out more or to register, click here.