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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2018-06-01

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Local student to compete in leading super yacht design competition

THOMAS Scowcroft, a promising young design talent from Merseyside, has been handpicked from across Britain to compete live at the London Boat Show 2018 for the iconic title of Super Yacht UK Young Designer 2018. Standing between them and the coveted title will be their imaginative transformation of an ex-military vessel into an exquisite, bespoke explorer super yacht.

Currently studying for a BA (Hons) in Product Design at the University of Central Lancashire, he will be up against strong contenders in this year's competition.

The prestigious annual Super Yacht UK Young Designer Competition is run by industry representatives, Super Yacht UK, an association of British Marine, and kicks off on the 1st day of the prestigious London Boat Show, taking place from 10 January to 14 January 2018.

It is the only competition of its kind in the UK and is among a select few across the world to recognise future design talent and provide them the opportunity to truly grow such talent within the industry. In recent years, the competition has been a launch pad for some of today's most ambitious super yacht designers and naval architects.

Thomas will be hoping to secure himself the winning prize of a 4 week internship at world leading custom super yacht builder and refit specialists and event sponsor, Pendennis Shipyard. There he will get the invaluable opportunity to develop his understanding of how to translate great design into practical production working on one of the shipyard's high profile projects.

The talented runner up will receive the prize of a unique 2 week internship at world leading design and naval architecture studio and event sponsor, Olesinski based on the Isle of Wight.

Explaining his life long ambition to be a designer, Thomas Scowcroft says:- "Ever since I was a young boy I have had a passion for design. It is the motive for me being an aspiring designer today. I appreciate the natural forms and attention to detail within these companies who design luxury yachts. The competition will vastly benefit me in developing my sketching skills to a more refined level. It will also give me an insight into how these fascinating vessels are designed."

Peter Brown, Chairman of Super Yacht UK, commented:- "The UK remains a global hub for super yacht design and Super Yacht UK is keen to help nurture the next generation of 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 1 of differentiating themselves from much of the competition by employing a more traditional skill set when the situation demands it."

Stephen Hills, Projects Director at Pendennis Shipyard and judge of the Super Yacht UK Young Designer Competition 2018, added:- "The Super Yacht UK Young Designer Competition is a unique platform for showcasing the range of design talent from British universities and colleges. Since being involved as a sponsor, Pendennis has always been impressed with the imagination, hard work and enthusiasm shown by the candidates during the Show, as well as the high calibre of each winner during their subsequent internship at the yard. We are very much looking forward to seeing the young designers at work during the London Boat Show once more; the range of responses to the brief and the calibre of drawings produced are always impressive."


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