Yacht design competition opens new realm of opportunity for UCLan students

20 March 2015

Press Office

Up-and-coming designers take part in yacht competition

Two students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have found their sea legs after a yacht design competition opened their eyes to the many possibilities of product design.

Adam Dempsey and Jake Donnelly, both product design students at the University, were nominated by their tutors to enter the two-day Superyacht UK Design competition in London after UCLan was invited as one of four universities to take part in the inaugural event.

The idea behind the competition is to raise the profile of the essential hand-drawing skill which is quickly becoming a lost art; it is also to increase awareness of the marine industry as a potential career option and ensure more talent is available for the design houses.

While they didn’t win the event, both students were able to examine million-pound yachts and learn from some of the best designers in the industry.

Adam, 22, said: “To experience this design challenge, meet the judges and see the environment and the industry is simply overwhelming. After this competition I love the idea of being a yacht designer. It has opened up a world of boating.”

“The competition was a fantastic opportunity for the students to learn more about the boat design industry and its potential career options.”

Fellow student 21-year-old Jake commented: “We were stood next to the boats just looking at them thinking ‘wow’ and to mix with the students from other countries and gain some insight into their worlds was just priceless.”

James Roy, Yacht Design Director of competition sponsor BMT Nigel Gee Ltd, said: “It has been a pleasure to spend two days with these bright, creative and above all else enthusiastic young designers.

“Their commitment was evident from the start and with a mix of backgrounds the final results covered a broad range of creative ideas. I have no doubt that they will all go far in their chosen fields and commend them all for the effort they put into their work.”

Eight students from UCLan, Coventry, Plymouth and Wolverhampton universities were invited by Superyacht UK, an association within the British Marine Federation, to take part in the competition.

UCLan product design lecturer Graham Hill added: “The competition was a fantastic opportunity for the students to learn more about the boat design industry and its potential career options. I hope it has inspired Adam and Jake to look more into transportation design and I’m sure the experience of working with such experienced designers will feed back into their work.”