Event held at Monaco Yacht Show in anticipation of next month’s Young Designer of the Year award

Aspiring designers from all over the Principality had the chance to gain inspiration and rub shoulders with some of the foremost yacht designers in the world last month, as they attended the Young Designers’ Creative Breakfast. The event was held during the Monaco Yacht Show thanks to a collaboration between Boat International and Oceanco and offered entrants into November’s Young Designer of the Year award an opportunity to tour some of the most exclusive and impressive vessels in the world.

Among other highlights of the breakfast, the attendees were given an access-all-areas tour of the superyacht DAR. Made by industry heavyweights Oceanco, the revered vessel measures over 90m in length and is regarded as one of the most striking examples of modern yacht design. They were also treated to a whistle-stop tour of some of the other remarkable yachts on display at the Monaco Yacht Show, which has long been a gathering point for the world’s biggest and best superyachts.

Next month will see one lucky young contest named Young Designer of the Year 2018, a prize which carries a €3,000 cash reward and a three-month paid internship with Oceanco. Entrants must submit their designs for a vessel between 80m and 84m in size before the 8th November. With almost three weeks remaining, there have already been more than 100 entries into the competition. It will be judged by a panel of industry experts, including Peter Eidsgaard of Harrison Eidsgaard, Adam Lay of Adam Lay Studio and industry legend Tim Heywood.

All three of the aforementioned judges were in attendance at the Creative Breakfast and indicated they would be placing a special emphasis on sketches, guest flow and general arrangement when judging the competition. “I like seeing the hand drawing and seeing those thought processes – hand drawing is something that universities aren’t pushing anymore and a lot of students go straight to CGI, which is a bit of a lazy approach,” explained Lay. “It’s [also] very important to have a good general arrangement, which considers the concentration of guest and crew flow. We’ve seen some absolutely terrible GAs and it comes down to practicality.”