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Shipwrights lectures showcase innovative technology behind the America's Cup

Published: 18 January 2018
Shipwrights Lectures

The University co-hosted the annual Shipwrights Lectures on 10th January 2018 in the Nuffield Theatre. The theme of this year’s Lectures was the technology behind the America's Cup yacht races. It showed that the industry continues to innovate and develop new techniques and gave the apprentices, students and their managers a glimpse into the future of things that will be commonplace in ten year’s time.

The day was hosted by Sarah Fraser, a Liveryman Shipwright, starting with a discussion with Brian May Managing Director of Berthon Boat Company on the importance of apprentices to Berthon over many years and the benefit of apprenticeship schemes to this industry.

 

Shipwrights Lectures
Shipwrights Lectures

This was followed by a presentation from two 4th year Level 3 apprentices, Lewis Bunting (boatbuilder) and Ryan Peberday (electrician) from Oyster Yachts, Wroxham on the yachts they build, their experiences to date and goals for the future.

The first session concluded with Manley Hopkinson of “Manley Inspiration” giving a presentation on leadership skills based on his experiences as a sailor and explorer. This was truly inspirational and held the attention of all the audience.

Shipwrights Lectures
Shipwrights Lectures

The second session featured Matt Sheahan in conversation with Annabel Vose & Will Alloway, both from Land Rover BAR Academy and winners of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup. This led in to a panel discussion, chaired by Matt, on the technology behind the America’s Cup and the trickledown effect to the sector as a whole.

Shipwrights Lectures
Shipwrights Lectures

The panel experts were (L-R):

Andy Claughton, Naval Architect, BAR Technologies;  Richard Hopkirk, Technical Director, Land Rover BAR; James Roche, Performance & Data Analysis Team Leader, Land Rover BAR;  Simon Schofield, Chief Technology Officer BAR Technologies.

Finally, the Key Note speaker was Sir Keith Mills, GBE DL, founding Shareholder and Board Member of Land Rover BAR, Chairman of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Sir Keith acknowledged his lack of education and shared four stories from his life and career, each highlighting key experiences – ‘Determination & Tenacity’; ‘Confidence & Self Belief’; ‘Passion & Challenge’; and ‘Partnership & Collaboration’. Each experience was relevant to all the audience both young and not so young!

Shipwrights Lectures
Shipwrights Lectures

Mr Archie Smith, the Prime Warden of the Shipwrights concluded the day by thanking all speakers for their time and particularly their enthusiasm in sharing with the audience their technical and personal experiences. Lastly the Prime Warden presented the 2017 Shipwrights' Prize to Naval Architecture student Miss Charlotte Dodge.

The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights acknowledges and thanks BMT Nigel Gee for their continued sponsorship of the Shipwrights' Lectures and thanks Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute for their support in hosting the event.

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