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3 legendary designers explain how they got their big break

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Andrew Winch

At the recent _ Superyacht Design Symposium, we asked three of _ the world's most famous yacht designersto explain how they got their big break. Here's what they had to say...

Andrew Winch, founder of Winch Design

I started sailing when I was about 12 and fell in love with being on the water. I went to art college at St Martins and I went on to Kingston College to do 3D design, where I wanted to design yachts, while everyone else wanted to do hairdressing salons and restaurants.

I found myself with the one man in the world who designed yachts at that point, our mentor, Jon Bannenberg, who kindly agreed to tutor me in college, so I took that. I didn’t really realise how much that meant at that point. There was no-one else I could ask, because there was no-one else doing what we now all do today. Jon kindly said 'Yes' and asked me if I knew how to draw a boat and I said 'No', so he gave me a spline and a set of weights and he showed me and Tim Heywood (who was sitting next to me) how to draw the lines of a boat. So I lofted the lines of a boat and off I went.

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