Young designer hand-picked for boat show competition

London Boat Show 2017
Finalists from last year’s competition

Southend student is studying yacht design

A Southend-on-Sea design student has been hand-picked from across Britain to compete live at the London Boat Show 2018 for the iconic title of Superyacht UK Young Designer 2018.

The competition involves the finalist using their imaginations to transform an ex-military vessel into a bespoke explorer superyacht.

Katherine Selfe is currently studying for a BEng (Hons) in yacht and powercraft design at Southampton Solent University.

She said: “My passion for hand-drawn concept sketches is something I have been developing for a number of years. In this competition, drawing concept sketches under pressure will simulate an experience in the working industry, similar to a design brief to be completed within a constrained time. Furthermore this competition would provide an ideal environment to meet and connect with established designers and showcase my work.”

The prestigious annual Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition is run by industry representatives, Superyacht UK, an association of British Marine, and kicked-off yesterday at the London Boat Show, which runs until Sunday.


It is the only competition of its kind in the UK and is among a select few across the world to recognise future design talent and provide them the opportunity to truly grow such talent within the industry.

Katherine will be hoping to secure the winning prize of a four-week internship at world leading custom superyacht builder and refit specialists, and event sponsor, Pendennis Shipyard.

The runner-up will receive the prize of a two-week internship design and naval architecture studio and event sponsor, Olesinski, based on the Isle of Wight.

Stephen Hills, projects director at Pendennis Shipyard and judge of the Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition 2018, said: “The Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition is a unique platform for showcasing the range of design talent from British universities and colleges.

“Pendennis has always been impressed with the imagination, hard work and enthusiasm shown by the candidates during the Show, as well as the high calibre of each winner during their subsequent internship at the yard. We are very much looking forward to seeing the young designers at work.”


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