1st Paola Galeazzi International Yacht Design Contest


A boat that does not exist, but is buildable

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Barche magazine, the publishing house International Sea Press is holding a competition to award scholarships to those who submit a design for a boat, which doesn’t exist yet but is actually buildable. The competition will be dedicated to Paola Galeazzi, an architect who left an important legacy in the world of modern nautical design and architecture. Paola Galeazzi was a careful interpreter of the equation of form and function, to which she added an ethical afflatus, becoming herself a point of reference for all young designers. The competition will have an international nature and will be open to anyone under 35 years of age. The Panel of Judges for this award will be composed of eminent figures in the field of nautical design and planning. The President of the Panel will be the Architect, Professor Giovanni Zuccon, co-founder with Paola Galeazzi of the Zuccon International Project. The other names will be revealed together with the announcement of the winners.

1st Paola Galeazzi International Yacht Design Contest
Paola Galeazzi


1. Contest Objectives

The competition aims to promote creativity in the field of boat design by catalysing the realization of exemplary projects that can combine the themes of sustainability in its different articulations.

1.1: The competition proposes the following themes for design reflection to competitors:

– Typological innovation and morphology of the boat
– Original aesthetic appearance of the boat
– Methodology and typology of construction
– Energy and environmental quality aspects

2. Object of the competition

The purpose of the competition is to design a recreational boat, sail, motor boat or motor sailer from 10 to 50 meters length.

3. Judging Criteria

Designs will be evaluated according to the criteria listed below:

– Innovative contribution in the type of boat proposed
– Feasibility of the project, which will then have to give due consideration to the main design parameters
– Innovation in design, which should not disregard the boat’s aptitude for navigation and safety on board
– Choice of construction materials
– Technological scenario of construction with innovative materials as well

1° Concorso Internazionale di Progettazione Nautica Paola Galeazzi

4. Modalities of participation

4.1: Conditions of participation

The competition is open to anyone who is under 35 years of age on the closing day of registration.

Participation is free of charge and allowed for individuals or groups who can develop synergies between different skills.

Each group or individual participant must have a five-character alphanumeric identification code and must identify a group leader, who will be responsible for relations with the organization. 

4.2: Incompatibilities
Members of the Jury, their family members, employees or collaborators may not take part in this Contest in any way.

4.3: Registration and delivery of entries
Registration for the Competition is free of charge and participants will be automatically registered upon receipt of the design entries and anything else required by the Organization.

4.4: Only the alphanumeric code chosen by the entrant, see § 4.1, must be imprinted on all entries in the lower right-hand corner. No other identifying mark of the entrant shall be on the entries under penalty of exclusion from the Competition.

4.5: The envelope containing the material that is the subject of the Contest, see § 4.4, must contain an anonymous, non-transparent envelope with only the alphanumeric code chosen by the entrant imprinted on the outside, see § 4.1.

Said envelope must contain a sheet of non-headed paper bearing all the data of the competitor or group leader, such as first name, last name, postal address, telephone numbers, email address, as well as the above alphanumeric code. The envelope containing what is requested must be sent exclusively to the Editorial Office of Barche in Viale Brianza 17/a, 20821 Meda (Monza and Brianza).

Only projects received by April 30, 2024, will be considered eligible for judging.

4.6: Format of the drawings.
A hard copy of all graphic designs is required; these must all be in Uni A3 format.

Any photographic quality prints, relating to renderings or similar, may be made in A4 format as long as they are mounted on an A3 paper support at an appropriate scale.

A hard copy of technical specifications, reports and calculations is required; Uni A4 or Uni A3 formats are allowed for these.

A USB flash drive is required, containing all files, in high resolution (300 dpi), related to the material that is the subject of the Competition, graphic designs, technical specifications, calculations, reports and whatever else is required and delivered in hard copy. The types of files allowed are exclusively those with the extension *.jpg, *.pdf, *.tif

5. Deliverables

5.1: The graphic works to be delivered are as follows:

a) Prospectus of the boat, inclusive of the hull
b) Longitudinal section, including hull and appendages.
c) Plans of each Deck Order.
d) Plan of hull geometries.
e) Typical cross-section of the structure and any significant details
f) Sail plan if provided
g) Hypothesis of motorization
h) Minimum of two style sketches or two images from renderings.

Tables should indicate the scale as well as all major dimensions of the boat and shall be identifiable only by the alphanumeric code in § 4.1 and 4.3.

5.2: The non-graphical drawings to be delivered are as follows:

i) A brief general report on the project objectives and design choices (maximum 3 thousand characters).
j) A brief explanatory report on construction technologies and solutions.
l) A sheet with all the significant data on the boat.

6. Jury

6.1: Members of the Jury were chosen and appointed by the President of the Jury, Professor Architect Giovanni Zuccon, and the Editor-in-Chief of Barche magazine, Dr Engineer Francesco Michienzi.

6.2: The names of the members of the Jury will be announced at the time of the proclamation.

7. Reservations

The Jury reserves the right not to deliberate on any award if the entries submitted are deemed insufficient or do not meet the competition standards.

8. Outcome of the competition

The following ranking for the two prize categories will be indicated: first, second and third place plus any mentions that the Jury deems necessary.

The winning projects will be published in a volume published by Barche magazine.

9.  Awards

9.1: A cash scholarship worth 10 thousand euros will be awarded to the winner, 5 thousand euros to the runner-up and 3 thousand euros to the third-place winner.

9.2: The winners will be offered a 6-month paid internship in the technical office of an Italian shipyard or a nautical architecture and design firm.

9.3: Mentioned projects will be included in the book published by Barche magazine.

1° Concorso Internazionale di Progettazione Nautica Paola Galeazzi

10. Ancillary Standards

10.1: Nationality and language
Designers of all nationalities may participate; all documentation released by the organization will be in Italian and English.

10.2: Constraints
Submission of designs that differ from what is stipulated in the rules of these regulations will result in the automatic exclusion of the contestant or group.

10.3: Exhibition and publication rights
The promoters of the competition, in compliance with copyright laws, reserve the right to use the submitted material for promotion and dissemination through exhibitions and publications, also using computer means and channels without the authors having to demand rights of any kind.

10.4: Acceptance of the rules
Participation in the competition implies full acceptance of these rules and regulations.

10.5: Shipping of entries
The cost of shipping and possible insurance of the elaborates is the responsibility of the contestants. No elaborates will be returned.

10.6: Regulatory aspects
Prizes are considered consideration of work and ingenuity by Article 106 of RDL 1077 of 07/25/1940.

The Organization is exonerated from any responsibility for any disputes that may arise regarding the originality or authorship of the work.

10.7: The intellectual and commercial property of the design remains with the Designer according to the relevant laws in force. International Sea Press reserves the right to be able to duplicate, publish and/or print the images and designs that will be received by the secretary’s office as publicity material for the event.

10.8: The names of all participants in the Contest will be published in June 2024 on the www.barchemagazine.com website.

10.9: Disputes
Except for the rules specified in this regulation notice, reference is made to the recommendations on architecture and design competitions approved by the UNESCO General Conference in 1978.

11. Arbitration Board

Any disputes relating to the interpretation, execution or termination of these rules shall be decided using Irregular Arbitration. The Arbitrators shall be three in number, one appointed by each of the Parties and the third by agreement between the Arbitrators or, in the absence of agreement, by the President of the Court and/or Chamber of Commerce of Milan.

The Arbitrators shall decide according to equity and their decision shall be understood as superseding the will of the Parties. The decision itself will be unappealable.

The Board of Arbitration shall have its seat in Milan.

12. Submissions

12.1: They must be sent by mail or courier exclusively to the office of the Competition Secretariat by noon on April 30, 2024, postmarked.

12.2: A pre-registration is required containing all the candidate’s data (Name, Surname, date of birth, residence, email address and telephone number) to be sent by 31 December 2023 to [email protected]

12.3: An exhibition of the awarded, mentioned and other projects at the sole discretion of the Jury will be held at the International Boat Show in Genoa in September 2024.

13. Secretariat

The contest secretariat is based at the editorial office of Barche, Viale Brianza 17/a, 20821 Meda (MB).

For information, please contact only at the e-mail address: [email protected]

14. Data processing

The participant’s data will be processed by International Sea Press Srl and may be communicated to other partners for the activities instrumental indispensable to the realization of the activities related to the call for proposals (organization of the call, communication, publication and dissemination of the projects and the names of the winners). Without prejudice to the rights under Articles 15 et seq. of EU Regulation 2016/679

Under the sponsorship of Confindustria Nautica

(1° Concorso Internazionale di Progettazione Nautica Paola Galeazzi – Barchemagazine – Gennaio 2023)