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Andrew Winch

At the recent Superyacht Design Symposium,  we asked three of the world's most famous yacht designers  to 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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