Entries now open for the Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition 2023

Can you design the 50m yacht of the future?

If you’re a talented young designer this could be the competition for you

This year sees the welcome return of the Superyacht UK Young Designer competition, sponsored by Marine Resources, at the Southampton International Boat Show (15-24 September).

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 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.

Stephen Hills, Chair of Superyacht UK commented:

“The UK is well recognised as one of the world leaders in the Superyacht Industry and being able to find and nurture home grown, talented individuals, is a real boon. The 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.”

James Ward, CEO & Founder of Marine Resources, sponsors of the event added:

“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.  We are thrilled to be able to support this fantastic competition as part of our 20-year anniversary celebrations and investment back into the industry where ‘Future Talent’ is at the forefront.”

The competition will get underway at midday on Tuesday 19 September and run until 18.00 on Wednesday 20 September, 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 Thursday 21 September.  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 and 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.

Further information and a registration form can be obtained by emailing Liv Whetmore at [email protected]