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Young Designer of the Year Award 2017
Young Designer of the Year Award 2017

Young Designer of the Year Award 2017

The Young Designer of the Year Award Judges

Chairman of the Judges:

Roger Lean-Vercoe: Boat International Media (Chairman)

  1. Dickie Bannenberg
  2. Veerle Battiau
  3. Bart Bouwhuis
  4. William Collier
  5. Oceanco
  6. Peder Eidsgaard
  7. Tim Heywood
  8. Andre Hoek
  9. Marnix Hoekstra
  10. Jonny Horsfield
  11. Rob Humphreys
  12. Simon Jupe
  13. Adam Lay
  14. Jonathan Rhoades
  15. Andrew Winch
  16. Andreas Iseli
  17. Pascale Reymond
  18. Fiona Seymour-Diamond

Dickie Bannenberg: Bannenberg & Rowell

Veerle Battiau: Vitruvius Yachts

Bart Bouwhuis & Marnix Hoekstra : Vripack Naval Architects

Vripack is a third generation studio founded in 1961 and is lead by designer and naval architect Bart M. Bouwhuis and Marnix J. Hoekstra. The Dutch naval architecture, design and engineering studio has created over 7000 designs and is renowned for its high quality no-nonsense-go-anywhere ships that roam the Seven Seas. 

“To seamlessly blend the sailing wishes of our clients into a design that first throws them off their feet and later on is embraced as if they thought of every inch themselves gives our team and thus me a great pleasure”, quotes Marnix J. Hoekstra. 

"At Vripack we believe that a good design should not meet all requirements. It should surpass them, creating a boat that is able to go beyond dream. Vripack’s holistic design approach is crucial with regard to working on the cutting edge of design and technology. At Vripack we don’t just design yachts, we Engineer Fantasies", quotes Bart M. Bouwhuis.

William Collier: G.L. Watson

Peder Eidsgaard: Eidsgaard Design

Tim Heywood: Tim Heywood Designs

Tim Heywood has been responsible for the conception and detail design of many of the largest, award winning yachts to be seen on the seas today. He has worked with most of the high end yacht builders of the world, over a 40+ years career, with yacht designs as different as Pelorus, Topaz, Quantum Blue, Symphony, Madame Kate and his latest, Plvs Vltra. Based in ‘Middle England’ with his partner Vanessa Reville, they form one of the smallest yacht design companies in the world, with one of the largest portfolios.

Andre Hoek, Hoek Design

Andre graduated in Naval Architecture in 1980 and first gained working experience in the design office of C&C yachts in Canada for a year. Engineering expertise was gathered during a six-year period as salvage and heavy lift engineer for ITC, a company specialised in the transportation of offshore drilling rigs over the oceans on submersible ships and barges. It was during this time that Andre followed an MBA with a marketing specialisation, and the foundations of the present Hoek Design office were also laid. While Hoek Design officially opened its boards in 1986, the six years prior to this saw a great deal of design work being carried out on specialised Dutch traditional Lemsteraak yachts, especially in the optimisation of their performance.



Andre was raised in a sailing family and helming small dinghies from the age of five. This was later followed by racing in FJ’s, 470s and the well known Dutch traditional leeboard sailing craft called ‘Skûtsjes’. He became Dutch ‘Skûtsjesilen’ champion in 1986, Dutch IMS 3 champion in 1994 and has successfully raced one-tonners and IMS 40s. Andre remains an enthusiastic sailor, cruising long distances with his family every year. He also gained invaluable knowhow by joining the 180 ft ketch Adele on trips to the Arctic, Antarctic and Fiji Islands. Andre has been part of the race crew on board superyachts such as Adele, Marie and Eleonora, J class yachts Lionheart and Topaz acting as helmsmen, tactician and sail trimmer.

Jonny Horsfield: H2 Design

Rob Humphreys: Humphreys Yacht Design

Simon Jupe: HYS Yachts

Graduating in naval architecture from Southampton University in 1982 with a bursary from British Shipbuilders, Simon spent 2 years working in various shipyards around UK until the breakup of the nationalized corporation became clear. He then took a 2 year sabbatical as a flotilla charter captain for Island Sailing (who became Sunsail) in Greece and Yugoslavia. Moving back to UK, Simon worked for Bill Dixon Design on various production and custom yacht design projects. A custom 20m wooden schooner new build in a traditional boatyard in Malaysia was too much to resist and Simon left Bill’s office to supervise the build. Work in Asia has continued for the last 25 years with many varied yacht building consultancy projects in wood, steel and aluminium. This also included the early years developing MCA surveys with Ocean Projects in Ft Lauderdale, and as technical consultant to Magnum Marine. Simon always returned to Asia and now lives in Phuket, Thailand. For the last 16 years Simon has been a partner in HYS Philippines which specializes in the conversion of commercial vessels to expeditionary yachts. To date more than 10 full conversions have been undertaken in sizes from 30m to 70m. One of the company’s most notable projects was DrNo for the late Tom Perkins.

Adam Lay: Adam Lay Studio

Adam has been designing superyachts for 21 years. Together with his wife Kelda, he established Adam Lay Studio in 2003. Adam had previously spent 7 years working for one of the top custom superyacht designers in the world, John Munford.

Adam is a hands-on approachable family man. He has iconic yachts such as Salperton, Endeavour, Lady Kathryn V and Inukshuk as part of his portfolio. Adam’s wealth of experience in all aspects of interior design from space planning and integration of structure and technical systems to joinery, upholstery, décor and objects d’art, is evident in the variety of design styles his studio has successfully undertaken to-date.

Since 2003, Adam Lay Studio has been building a reputation for award-winning creative design.

Jonathan Rhoades: Rhoades Young

Andrew Winch: Winch Design

Andreas Iseli: Winch Design

Pascale Reymond: Reymond Langton Design

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