The prize for the 2019 Young Designer of the Year Award was scooped up by Yihharn Liu from Taiwan. Liu caught the judges' attention with her 80 metre motor sailer design concept Manta, which beat 41 other entries to the top spot. She originally entered the award as an opportunity to meet and network with fellow young designers. “I thought it would be a great opportunity to meet a lot of great people, all these young designers, and keep in touch with them and get to know each other,” she said, adding that she “had no idea” that she was going to go home with the award.
Since September, Liu has been undertaking a three-month Oceanco design internship. A place on the scheme was awarded as part of the winner's prize and saw Liu based at superyacht yard Oceanco's Monaco office for the duration of her placement.