Superyacht UK is calling for talented young designers to design the 50m yacht of the future, as part of the 2023 Superyacht UK Young Designer competition. This competition, sponsored by Marine Resources, returns this year during the Southampton International Boat Show (15-24 September).

Superyacht UK Young Designer competition

Superyacht UK is an association of British Marine that represents the interests of the UK Superyacht industry worldwide.

Design students from universities across the country are being invited to sign up for the competition, during which they will be asked to produce a General Arrangement (GA) sketch from a brief created by the judging panel at the start of the competition.

Drawing on inspiration from across the show, the entrants will be given one and a half days to complete the brief and then showcase their designs to industry experts and be in with a chance of winning an internship with a leading superyacht company.

“The UK is well recognised as one of the world leaders in the superyacht industry, and being able to find and nurture homegrown, talented individuals is a real boon,” says Stephen Hills, chair of Superyacht UK.

“This competition provides a unique and wonderful opportunity for the many talented young designers we have in this country to showcase their skills and vision and may even provide the first steps into a future career in the industry.”

Superyacht UK Young Designer competition

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James Ward, CEO and founder of Marine Resources, sponsors of the event adds:

“We are as committed as ever to promoting our amazing industry to the next generation. This competition puts a spotlight on Superyacht Design as a career choice like no other. With the chance to network with some of the most famous Superyacht Designers in the world and receive fully funded internships at their incredible studios, this competition is totally unique. The potential opportunities that come with being involved are unrivalled.”

The competition will get underway at midday on 19 September 2023, and run until 6pm on 20 September 2023, when each of the entrants will have 20 minutes to present their designs to the judging panel consisting of superyacht industry professionals.

The winners will then be announced a prize-giving ceremony on 21 September 2023. Internships will be offered to both the first and second-prize winners.

Accommodation costs for all students wishing to take part will be covered for the duration of the competition. A grant of up to £100 per student will be available to cover travel and subsistence.

Design students interested in taking part in the competition need to register by 19 July 2023.

To register for the Superyacht UK Young Designer competition email Liv Whetmore at British Marine.

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