Boat Building Academy Boat Launch, Wednesday 2 December

12 November 2015

Class of March 2015 invite you to see their newly built vessels at Lyme Regis event.

The Boat Building Academy invites everyone to join them for the launch of boats built by students on their internationally recognised, 38 week ‘Boat Building, Maintenance and Support’ course. The launch takes place at 09:30 on Wednesday 2nd December at Lyme Regis harbour. 

The boats to be launched are a 16’ traditional clinker Iain Oughtred Norwegian Faering, an 18’7 cold moulded and bright finished Robert Steward motor launch, a strip planked, gaff rigged replica of a Herreshoff 12 ½ and a 22’7 glued clinker double ended Iain Oughtred ‘Kotik’ with a two berth cabin.

They are even more of an achievement than is usual for Academy students.  Principal Yvonne Green says 'That the boats are launching at all is a testament to the students' commitment to the course and learning the skills.  They have not had the best of luck; one student had to spend time in Austria after his father had a serious accident, another spent time in hospital after a car crash, two more have spent weeks away because of illness.  To make up the time the group has worked incredibly hard at weekends and in the evenings.  We also asked our graduates for help, through our graduates' network.  The response was heartwarming - people have taken time off from their jobs to come and lend a hand.  A graduate who works locally, Harry Poulson, has been in the workshops in the evening after working a full day in his job.  This group deserve a very special launch'. 

The students joined the Academy from all over the UK and overseas.  Of a range of ages and backgrounds; accountancy, IT, teaching, website design, marketing or straight from sixth form, they joined as beginners, many of them had never picked up a chisel before.  Following an intensive woodworking foundation phase the class have learned to build boats to professional standards using modern and traditional construction methods, learning every step of the process from lofting board to launch. 

The students will lead their newly-built boats from the workshops on Monmouth beach to the slipway at Lyme Regis harbour, where friends, Academy staff, Graduates and local well-wishers, will join them to celebrate their achievements.  The Academy would like to see as many people as possible cheer as the boats launch one by one into the water. 

The students will graduate with the skills needed to work in today’s marine industry certificated by the City & Guilds level 3 diploma in Marine Construction, Systems Engineering and Maintenance.

For further details about the Class of March 2015, to see a preview of the boats and to read about where Academy Graduates go on to work, profiles, photographic build diaries and Graduate case studies can be found on the Academy’s website at

Source: The Boat Building Academy, November 2015

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