Dastinas Steponenas, a final year student from Coventry University, has been announced as the winner of the Superyacht UK Young Designer 2016 competition at the currently running 62nd London Boat Show. Ten students from universities across the UK had 36 hours to create their entries from scratch, live at the Show. The hand drawings were judged by three representatives from prominent British yacht design and naval architect companies – Peter Brown from Burgess, Bill Dixon from Dixon Yacht Design and Justin Olesinski from Olesinski.
Speaking about his Award, Dastinas commented: “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) and Joint MD of Pendennis, Mike Carr, said: “Pendennis is delighted to once again support the Superyacht UK Young Designer annual Award. We have been impressed by the extremely high level of skill and imagination shown by the competitors. When Pendennis was founded 27 years ago, the industry was dominated by hand drawn designs and production schematics. 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. We are very much looking forward to welcoming Dastinas to Pendennis for his internship later this year.”
The London Boat Show will run at ExCeL London until January 17, 2016.