Superyacht UK Young Designers Competition in partnership with Pendennis Shipyard & Olesinski Ltd



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For the fifth year running Superyacht UK is putting the invaluable skill of hand-drawing under the spotlight at London Boat Show.  

Taking place from Wednesday 10 to Thursday 11 January 2018, the fifth Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition will challenge ten university design students from around the country.  They will be given a brief on the day and have 36 hours to complete the designs before presenting to the judging panel.  

Following the judging, at 15.30 on Thursday 11th the prize giving will take place where the winners will be announced. All applicants will then be invited to attend and display their designs at the Superyacht UK Technical Seminar networking reception at 18.00. The seminar attracts over 120 superyacht professionals, from world-renowned naval architects, prestigious boatbuilders, insurance companies and design houses. 

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The Prizes 

1st prize - 4-week internship at Pendennis Shipyard Ltd

2nd prize - 2-week internship at Olesinski Ltd 

Competition Brief

We are looking for the students to draw a "conceptual exterior sketch and general arrangement (GA)" plan that captures the essence of what a client is looking for."  The brief will not be given until the morning of Wednesday 10th January, however an example brief will be given beforehand.

Peter Brown of Burgess Yachts, who will be one of the judges, commented, "The UK remains a global hub for superyacht design and Superyacht UK are keen to help nurture the next generation of home grown design talent. The core skill of hand sketching is increasingly rare and is often dismissed in favour of software generated design work, and so the challenge for young designers becomes one of differentiating themselves from much of the competition by employing a more traditional skillset when the situation demands it.” 

The Judges

The judging panel consists of some of the world’s top designers and industry professionals including:

Justin Olesinski - Olesinski Ltd

Peter Brown - Burgess 

Tony Dixon - Redman Whiteley Dixon

Dimitris Hadjidimos - D-iD Limited

Stephen Hills - Pendennis Shipyard Ltd

Bill Dixon - Dixon Yacht Design 

Please click to read about the 2017 competition

The Winner of the Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition 2017


Above - Peter Brown, Superyacht UK Chairman and Christopher Karam the Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition Winner 2017

Christopher Karam, a student from Staffordshire University, scooped the top prize at the UK Young Designer Competition 2017, in partnership with Southampton Solent University. Held at the London Boat Show, the presentation was made by Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage.

The winner, Christopher Karam, who is studying Transport Design at Staffordshire University, commented: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have won this prestigious award and be crowned 2017’s Superyacht UK Young Designer. I am really proud of my design which incorporated all the elements of the brief including a heli-pad, a slider for two tenders and some cool activities to entertain children. My dream is to work in transport design when I complete my course and I feel sure my prize of a four-week internship at Pendennis Shipyard will provide me with some fantastic experience for my future.”