Superyacht UK Young Designers Competition 2019

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The UK Superyacht Industry is currently valued to be an estimated £615 million a year. Superyacht UK, an association of British Marine was established to represent, support and promote the industry.


Superyacht UK’s objectives are to actively promote the role of British Excellence throughout the world, and to provide greater co-ordination for the industry while providing support to UK member companies.


The Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition is an opportunity for young British Designers to be recognised by the Industry and gain invaluable work experience and contacts. 


This year, the annual Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition heads to an exciting new location, The Superyacht Design Forum in London’s Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Taking place between 25 & 26 June 2019, the celebrated competition returns for its fifth edition.

Supported for the first time by the forum’s organiser, The Superyacht Group, the competition is the only one of its kind in the UK and is among a select few across the world to recognise future design talent and deliver invaluable experiences and contacts to nurture their skills. In recent years, the competition has been a launch pad for some of today’s most ambitious superyacht designers and naval architects. 

The Superyacht Design Forum will provide anyone in the superyacht design world with a unique opportunity to explore new thinking and share smarter solutions, that will shape the future of the superyacht industry. The diverse two-day schedule - comprising workshops, fish bowl chats, round tables and tea talks - will deliver an event that inspires, informs and ultimately encourages innovation and next-generation thinking.

Superyacht UK members can benefit from a 10% discount on The Superyacht Design Forum tickets, to book these people contact Johanna.

What is the Superyacht UK Young Designer competition?

The competition is an opportunity for eight 3rd year design students, selected from UK universities to showcase their design ideas to industry representatives.


The event will take place across the two-day forum, where students will be asked to produce a GA and profile sketch following the full brief given on the morning of the 25th. 


Participants are encouraged to gain inspiration from the conference and showrooms and the array of international superyacht designers and professionals who visit the event every year. Samples, polaroid’s and swatches can be incorporated into their final design so that they can develop one area of the interior of their yacht and produce 3d sketches/illustrations.


The students will then have 20 minutes to present their designs on 2 A1 sheets to the judging panel which will consist of Superyacht industry professionals and the winner will be announced during the forum's closing ceremony "Champagne Conversation" on the 26th June between 16.00 - 17.00. 



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.” 


2018 Young Designer Competition