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Young Designer of the Year Award 2017

Young Designer of the Year Award 2017


Sponsored by: OCEANCO

About the Young Designer of the Year Award 2017

The Young Designer of the Year competition is open to designers who will be 25 years old or less on the 1st January 2017. This year’s event is for individuals, so in creating a design, competitors must work alone.

See the Young Designer of the Year 2017 finalists

In due course, all finalists (including winners) will be required to submit a copy of an official identity document (Passport or ID Card) in proof of their age.


This year for the first time, this competition has been divided into two categories that are intended to separate the experience levels of students of design from those competitors who have finished their studies and are employed as a designer or as an intern designer within the yachting industry.

The categories are:

  • Student Designers. This category is for students of design currently in full-time or part time studies, who have on no occasion been in paid employment in yacht design. The age restrictions specified in the eligibility paragraph, above, remain in place.
  • Professional Designers. This category is intended for designers who have completed their studies who are now in paid employment within the yachting industry. The age restrictions specified in the eligibility paragraph, above, remain in place.

Should you require any clarification concerning the category in which you fall, please email your query to: YoungDesignerOfTheYear@boatinternationalmedia.com and we will be most happy to assist.


Student Designers:

  • The top six finalist entries selected by the judges from the ‘Student Designers’ category will be invited on an all-expenses paid visit to the Oceanco shipyard in Holland
  • The top three finalists will be given free admission to the Superyacht Design Symposium in Kitzbühel, Austria in February 2017
  • The winning entry will receive a cash prize of €5,000

Professional Designers:

  • The top three finalists will receive free entry to the Superyacht Design Symposium in Kitzbühel, Austria in February 2017
  • The winning entry in the ‘Professional Designers’ category will receive a prize of €2,000

Sponsored by:  OCEANCO

How to enter the Young Designer of the Year Award 2017

Your fist step towards entry must be to complete the ‘ Registration of Interest’ form on our website. You will then be sent a link enabling you to download documents and a CAD file that further defines the task and provides you with a starting point for your design. The CAD file is suitable for importation into Rhino or other 3D marine design programs.

Should it be necessary to make any amendments to the text of the Task (which is detailed on the following page), we will send a notification to all those who have completed the ‘Registration of Interest’ form. At the same time, the Text of the Problem on the event web site will be amended to show any changes in RED.

How to submit your entry

Your design should be submitted using email or, should it be too ‘heavy’ for email transmission, by a data transfer service of your choice (such as YouSendIt) to:

YoungDesigneroftheYear@boatinternationalmedia.com by 12.00 hours GMT on 30th November 2016. Entries submitted after this deadline will not be judged.


The event will be judged on the 12th December 2016 by a jury consisting of internationally known yacht designers as listed on our website.

The top six finalists for the Student designer category and the top three finalists for the Professional designer category will be announced shortly after the judging.

The €5,000 prize will be presented to the winner in February 2017 during the Young Designer of the Year Award prize giving in Kitzbuhel, Austria, which forms part of the Showboats Design Awards in conjunction with the Superyacht Design Symposium.

Please note that decisions made by the organising authority and the Judging Panel are final and cannot be contested.

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

Sponsored by:  OCEANCO

The Young Designer of the Year Award 2017 task

The key to a successful entry is understanding the task. Misunderstandings have provided the most serious pitfalls for contestants. Please read the text very thoroughly before starting work. Should there be any item that you do not fully understand, please email your query to YoungDesignerOfTheYear@boatinternationalmedia.com and we will be most happy to clarify it for you.

You can download a copy of the task here


You have been employed in a yacht design studio for the last six-months. Two major yacht design projects, both involving exterior styling, layout and interior design, are nearing completion, while a third yacht is still in its preliminary design phase.

This third design, for a yacht of 80-metres LOA, is behind schedule. The first styling proposals were not to the owner’s taste and were rejected. At the same time, the owner is still not completely convinced about the appearance of the yacht’s two tenders, which he feels should complement the exterior styling of the yacht. He also wants absolute confirmation that sufficient garage space has been allocated to these craft, while leaving room for the proper stowage of the remaining water sports equipment.

Oceanco, the shipyard that will build the yacht, had based their initial price quotation on an existing hull and machinery design. They are very keen that no alteration is made to the garage space allocated in this design as the costs involved with changing this would be large, and this may discourage the owner from signing a final contract.

To add to the pressure of your design office, both the owner and Oceanco are pressing for a quick resolution of these matters.

The lead designer for the 80-metre - now faced with a complete rethink of the existing exterior styling of the yacht, together with the styling of the two tenders and the proof that these will comfortably fit into the existing garage design - is suffering a serious work overload. He is looking for some urgent help, and he is looking in your direction.

Your Task

As he approaches your work station, you can sense by his serious appearance that you are going to be asked to start the most important design task that you have ever undertaken – and you are right.

When he opens the conversation with the words ‘I have a really important job for you’, it’s clear that the application that you are currently drafting for an extended summer break on a Greek beach can be binned, but any disappointment swiftly disappears when you realise that this will be your biggest career opportunity to date.

‘What I would like you to do is this’ he says, and knowing of his impatience with people who don’t listen to the task, you pay particular attention as he outlines three separate, but connected, tasks.

First Requirement

I want you to present your ideas for the exterior styling of a modern and supremely elegant 80-metre yacht. Don’t even look at the styling that has already been submitted – he doesn’t like it – so I want some new ideas from you.

These have to be presented as sketches, either by hand or using a CAD program. You should show the yacht’s profile in one drawing, and up to three additional drawings should show the deck detail from different angles.

Remember, the owner wants an elegant yacht with a low-profile – not an apartment block – so your design should be restricted to one with accommodation spaces on the main and upper decks, above which is a sun deck. I should also mention that he likes large deck areas, each with a distinct function.

Lets see what you can make of this but, in the first instance, do make sure that all your final sketches, together with a few smaller ones that you might have rejected in arriving at your final design, (you never know, he might like these more than your finished design!) can be adequately presented on a single A-3 sheet, as this is the owner’s preference.

Second Requirement

I would like you to design the first of the two tenders which, while being as large as possible, must fit into the garage space shown on the Oceanco drawings. The requirements for this tender are:

Tender 1

  • This is to be a ‘Limousine Tender’ whose main purpose is to ferry 8 guests to the shore - or to other yachts - in complete comfort and safety, while providing the option of enclosed protection from the weather.
  • This high-speed tender will be operated by at least two crew members. The tender is to be powered by a pair of Volvo Duoprop D6-6400/DP Sterndrive engines, the dimensions of which can be found online. They will, of course, need to be positioned in a suitably sized engine compartment to take these engine with suitable access for servicing, adequate fuel tanks.
  • The owner has also requested that this tender be fitted with a head (toilet) for guest’s use, but this need not have full standing headroom.
  • Another design aspect that should consider is how the guests will board and disembark the tender with ease and safety.
  • There is no intention to beach this tender which, while in use, will dock against the bathing platform or side boarding ladder of it’s mother ship, or the equivalent facilities on other yachts. When landing guests ashore it will use the usual marina or quayside facilities.
  • The tender is loaded into the mother ship’s garage by means of two beam-cranes that are transversely positioned across the garage. Make sure that your tender will fit into the garage without dismantling any of its superstructure.
  • And, of course, it should be elegant, and match the exterior style of the mother ship.

Third Requirement

I would also like you to design the second of the two tenders which, while being as large as possible, must fit into the garage space shown on the Oceanco drawings.

Tender 2 is to be a ‘General Use Tender’, with the following uses:

  • As a safety boat during watersports activity
  • As a fishing boat for guests use
  • As an ‘explorer’ capable of day-long (but not overnight) absence from the mother ship
  • It should be equally capable of ferrying barbecue gear ashore and for landing guests on a beach in the easiest and safest fashion.  While it’s appearance and style should bear resemblance to its mother yacht, this aspect should not interfere with its primary requirements as a general purpose craft. For ease of maintenance, it must have the same engine package as the Limousine tender.

Fourth Requirement

Lastly, you must demonstrate that these tenders, plus the larger items of watersports equipment, fit into the available garage space. The drawings showing the dimensions of this area will be given to you in the form of a CAD file.

Remember, for ease of crew movement around the garage, there must be a walkway at least 45cms wide around the tenders, an escape route of the same dimension from any point in the garage to the exit doors shown on the drawings, and easy access to the sailing dinghies and jet-skis described below.

You will need to provide your own general arrangement drawings to show:

  • How the two tenders described above will fit into the garage, along with two Laser sailing dinghies (which can be stacked or stowed on their sides) and three jet-skis
  • Details of the sailing dinghies can be found online
  • Details of the Jet-Skis can be found online too
  • While you need not design the launching gear for these craft, you should make sketches to indicate how they will be launched.

Presentation of Your Design

Your design should exactly meet the requirements set out in the Task and is to be submitted as a single Adobe pdf document containing a maximum of four A3-sized pages laid out as follows:

  • Page 1. Hand-drawn ‘design-development’ sketches and/or computer-generated graphics showing your proposals for the exterior styling of the 80-metre yacht. These should clearly indicate important aspects of the exterior styling and layout of the deck areas from a variety of angles
  • Page 2. Hand drawn ‘design-development’ sketches and/or computer-generated graphics of the exterior and interior of the ‘Limousine Tender’, together with a general arrangement plan showing the layout of the interior and deck areas
  • Page 3. Hand drawn ‘design-development’ sketches and/or computer-generated graphics of the ‘General Purpose Tender’, together with a general arrangement plan showing its layout
  • Page 4. Hand drawn ‘design-development’ sketches showing the stowage arrangements of two tenders in the garage and the method by which they are lifted and launched by the beam cranes. In addition you should provide a general arrangement plan of the garage that clearly indicates the stowed position of the tenders and the other water sports gear.

The Visuals required on pages 1 to 3 above may range from hand drawings through to 3-D computerized renderings made on Rhino or similar design programs. There will be no particular benefit given to computer-based presentations over hand drawings, but the jury will place significant value on the hand drawn ‘design development’ sketches required on page 4. In the event that you choose to provide computer-generated graphics on pages 1 to 3, your ability to sketch by hand must be demonstrated on page 4.

Three final things: