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Six Finalists Announced for Young Designer Awards 2016

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Boat International Media is proud to announce the six finalists of the 2016 Young Designer of the Year Award, sponsored by Dutch shipyard Oceanco.

The finalists were chosen from an impressive number of entries submitted from students and trainee designers from around the globe and include the following:

Baroqi Xiao - Lujac Desautel  - Leah Gowoon Park - Ben Hills - Marlena Ratajska - Dave Rowles

Entrants were presented with a concept drawing for a 45-metre motor yacht specially prepared by Vripack Naval Architects and were challenged to expand it into a fully thought-out design for a notional client - this year a female fashion designer based in Milan, who set out her detailed requirements for a luxurious 'party boat' on which to entertain her friends and clients. The Young Designers' submissions were limited to four A3 pages on which they were asked to present their design for the hull and superstructure as well as all owner-related interior spaces.

Our panel of judges, comprised of designers and naval architects from some of the world’s leading yacht design studios, examined each entry in great detail. The Young Designers' submissions included hand drawn sketches, exterior profiles, general arrangement plans and an outline interior design.

All six finalists will receive an all-expenses-paid visit to the shipyard of the award sponsor Oceanco in the Netherlands, as well as a ticket to attend the the Superyacht Design Symposium and ShowBoats Design Awards Prize Giving in Kitzbühel, where the coveted Neptune trophy will be presented to the winner, together with a €5,000 cash prize.

The ShowBoats Design Awards, taking place on the 22 February, is part of the highly acclaimed Superyacht Design Symposium. There are a limited number of tickets remaining for the 2016 Symposium, which is set to welcome some of the biggest names in the industry for two days of lively presentation and debate complemented by a fun-filled social programme in the idyllic surroundings of the Austrian Tyrol. Don’t miss out – purchase your tickets now.

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