London Boat Show to host young designer contest

Eight students will battle it out to win the inaugural Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition at the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show

Superyacht fans heading to the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show will have a chance to glimpse the next generation of design.

As part of the inaugural Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition, eight students will be given 36 hours to design a new vessel to a specific brief.

The winning designer will scoop a four-week pain internship at the Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth.

The organisers BMT Nigel Gee and Superyacht UK have said that the competition will emphasise the need for hand drawing skills in the yacht design industry.

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Peter Brown, vice-chair of Superyacht UK, said: “As people become more comfortable using advanced computer software to design, it is possible that the specialized skill of drawing by hand is becoming a lost art.

“In the superyacht world, designing a yacht by hand is essential. Designers need to be able to quickly capture the client’s imagination in the short time they have with them.”

The competition will take place at the Excel Centre from 14-15 January. The finished designs will be judged at the Superyacht UK Technical Seminar by an expert panel including Mark Tucker of Design Unlimited and James Claydon, founding partner of Claydon Reeves.

Advance tickets to the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show are on sale now, with prices starting from £10 per adult.