Crafting a career in yacht design

Preparing to set a course for their future careers, final-year yacht engineering students from Southampton Solent impressed industry experts with their skills and knowledge at a University award ceremony.

Six students were shortlisted for the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, RINA-BAE Systems and RINA-BMF Awards for best final-year design and yacht production project of the year.

The finalists were asked to give a 10-minute presentation on their projects to a panel of three industry experts, including two course alumni: Trevor Blakeley, Chief Executive of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA); 2003 graduate Tim Smyth who now works for MAGMA Structures; and Technical Director at KEEL Marine, 1995 graduate Laurence Hildesley.

The top prizes were awarded to Christopher Tiernan (BEng (Hons) Yacht Design and Production) for his preliminary design and production of a 21 metre steam boat capable of obtaining the steam boat world record and Jonathan Fluhrer (BEng (Hons) Yacht and Powercraft Design) for his design of a 24m high performance cruiser-racer.

The winners were presented with a certificate and a cheque; and each participant received a year’s free membership of RINA.

Six students were shortlisted for the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, RINA-BAE Systems and RINA-BMF Awards for best final-year design and yacht production project of the year.

The finalists were asked to give a 10-minute presentation on their projects to a panel of three industry experts, including two course alumni: Trevor Blakeley, Chief Executive of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA); 2003 graduate Tim Smyth who now works for MAGMA Structures; and Technical Director at KEEL Marine, 1995 graduate Laurence Hildesley.

The top prizes were awarded to Christopher Tiernan (BEng (Hons) Yacht Design and Production) for his preliminary design and production of a 21 metre steam boat capable of obtaining the steam boat world record and Jonathan Fluhrer (BEng (Hons) Yacht and Powercraft Design) for his design of a 24m high performance cruiser-racer.

The winners were presented with a certificate and a cheque; and each participant received a year’s free membership of RINA.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT THE MEDIA OFFICE ON 023 8201 3040 or press.office@solent.ac.uk

About Southampton Solent University 

Southampton Solent University offers more than 19,000 students over 200 qualifications ranging from HND to PhD, in subjects such as maritime education and training, fashion and design, media and television, music, health, sport and leisure, business, IT and technology. The University was awarded the 2013 Quality Assurance kitemark for quality and standards of teaching and learning. Solent was voted one of the most creative universities in the UK in a Which? University 2014 poll of students. Solent Business School has been awarded the Small Business Charter Award, which is supported by the Association of Business Schools and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and ‘gold approval’ by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

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