Christopher Mobley, a transport design student from Staffordshire University, was crowned the winner of this year’s annual Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition, in partnership with Pendennis Shipyard and Olesinski. As winner Christopher received the prize of a four-week internship at Pendennis Shipyard, and runner up Ashley Scott was awarded a two-week internship at design and naval architecture studio and event sponsor, Olesinski.
The prestigious annual Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition is run by industry representatives, Superyacht UK, an association of British Marine. It is the only competition of its kind in the UK to recognise future design talent and provide them the opportunity to truly grow such talent within the industry. The competition is judged by a world-class panel of designers and superyacht experts, including Peter Brown, Burgess and Chairman of SYUK, Stephen Hills from Pendennis Shipyard, Justin Olesinski from Olesinski, Tony Dixon of RWD, Bill Dixon of Dixon Yacht Design, Dimitris Hadjidimos of D-iD Limited and Dastinas Steponenas, a previous winner of the competition.
This year’s design competition was unlike any other. Rather than being greeted with a blank piece of paper, the 10 competing students from Coventry University, Southampton Solent University, Staffordshire University, University of Central Lancashire, University of Plymouth and University of Wales, Trinity St David were tasked to transform a 52.12m ex-navy vessel, the Ocean Star, into a bespoke superyacht.
Featuring innovative ideas such as the launching system of the submersible vessel at the aft end and the extending beach club from the mid ships, Christopher’s superyacht design was voted the most imaginative for the client – a proclaimed philanthropist, looking for the ideal vessel to support research into the problem of plastics in our oceans, whilst also offering luxury transport to peruse his passion for adventurous and unique holidays.
Peter Brown, Chairman of Superyacht UK, comments: “Both Christopher and Ashley’s designs were sympathetic to the DNA of the original vessel whilst still coming up with innovative designs truly encompassing the character of the brief. It is great to see so much up and coming talent from our British universities and we hope this competition has helped inspire these students with the diversity and wonders of a career in the superyacht sector and the connections and experiences they have gained throughout the competition prove fruitful. We look forward to seeing these students, and many more like them, driving forward Britain’s superyacht powerhouses in the future.”
Upon being announced as the competition winner, Christopher Mobley remarked: “It’s amazing. I am still a bit shocked but over the moon about winning this year’s Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition. It is a great opportunity. Already this competition has allowed me to meet a variety market experts and learn from their depth of knowledge. Winning has provided me with a massive confidence boost in my ability and skills as a designer.”