Winner of Superyacht UK Young Designer Award announced

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Dastinas Steponenas, a final year student from Coventry University, has won the top prize in the Superyacht UK Young Designer competition

Ten students from universities across the UK had 36 hours to create their entries from scratch, live at at the 62nd London Boat Show.

The event is designed to raise the profile of the essential hand-drawing skill and to increase awareness of the marine industry as a potential career option.

Three representatives from prestigious British yacht design and naval architect companies – Peter Brown from Burgess, Bill Dixon from Dixon Yacht Design and Justin Olesinski from Olesinski – judged the hand drawings.

Speaking about his Award, Dastinas comments: “It’s an absolute honour to win this prestigious Award. I have had a passion for fine art since a very young age and I am really excited about completing my four-week internship at Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth.”

Chairman of Superyacht UK (SYUK) Mike Carr, comments: “ We have been impressed by the extremely high level of skill and imagination shown by the competitors. It is refreshing to be part of a competition that embraces traditional creativity – skills that are just as important to our industry as using modern technology.”

Richard Selby, International Development Manager for British Marine and Superyacht UK, comments: “There is such incredible design talent in Britain and it was a real privilege to be a part of this fantastic competition.”