Student comes out on top of challenge

David Rowles with his design work.
David Rowles with his design work.
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A student from Long Buckby has won a national super­yacht design competition.

David Rowles, a third year student at Coventry, competed in the two-day Super­yacht UK Design Competition against seven other university students from Coventry, Plymouth, Wolverhampton and Central Lancashire.

His prize for winning is a four-week paid internship at Pendennis Shipyard, one of the world’s leading custom superyacht build and refit facilities.

David said: “It has been an amazing experience as I am totally enthused by boats. “The competition has presented a lot of opportunities and there is so much to be achieved from being involved. It will also help to get us recognised.

“The invitation was a nice surprise, and I entered with hesitating.”

David’s philosophy was not to simply start drawing first but think before starting; ensuring the client’s experience of joy and excitement on his own yacht was captured by the designer.

This was praised by the judges who could see he had clearly thought about the client. He had evidently listened to the brief, without stilting his imagination.

The universities were invited by Superyacht UK, an association within the British Marine Federation, to take part in the contest which was held at the CWM FX London Boat Show.

The competition was designed 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.

A spokesman for the organisers of the competition applauded the talent shared by the young designers.