The Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition is an opportunity for 3rd-year design students, selected from UK universities, to display their design ideas to industry representatives. The 2019’s edition, sponsored by Marine Resources, took place at the prestigious Superyacht Design Forum in Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.
This year’s Superyacht UK Designer Competition saw 10 university students competing to design a superyacht to be featured in the next James Bond film. The participants had also to include features on board that would minimize the environmental impact.
The jury consisted of experts of the marine industry, including Justin Olesinski of Olesinski Design, Jeff Houlgrave, Chairman of Superyacht UK, Stephen Hills of Pendennis Shipyard, and James Ward of Marine Resources. The winners will secure themselves a four-week internship at Pendennis Shipyard and the runner up will secure himself or herself a two-week internship at Olesinski.
The competition is an opportunity for young British Designers to be recognized by the industry while gaining work experience and contacts. After the first day, during which the students conceived their own project, the second part of the competition culminated with 20 minutes to present their designs on 2 A1 sheets to the judging panel.
Jeff Houlgrave, Chairman of Superyacht UK, commented: “Boasting a growing annual revenue of £697m and employing over 4,572 people, the UK’s superyacht sector remains a global hotspot for pioneering design and innovation. Superyacht UK is keen to help nurture Britain’s next generation of design talent to ensure this industry continues to thrive. We are delighted to have the support of The Superyacht Group at this year’s Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition. The Superyacht Design Forum and its co-host, the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, will provide a truly visionary location to inspire, immerse and develop our young designers.”