With an emphasis on multifunctionality and transformability, the winning Young Designer of the Year Award design for 2010 was the 66-metre Ra by California-based post grad, Adam Voorhees — who returned to the competition after being named a finalist in 2009. Inspired by the Egyptian sun god Amun-Ra, the design explored interactions with light to reinforce guests’ connection with the sea. Not only did the concept fully comply with RINA Green Star Plus criteria, it also specified build materials of fully recyclable aluminium and composites.
After his impressive design won him the coveted Neptune, Voorhees unveiled an array of collaborative designs with industry’s leading names. His first superyacht project — the 25-metre sailing yacht Aandeel — launched in 2013. Currently, Voorhees has a variety of design work underway, including a series update with LeBreton Yachts and a Bruce Farr racing yacht refit. Voorhees also teaches at his alma mater, the ArtCenter College of Design, dabbles in residential interior design, is creating a line of outdoor furniture for an American brand, and writes occasionally for Boat International Media’s Megayachts book.