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Launch Day photos – Class of February 2016 – 23 November

Last year’s winter launch was threatened by some pretty nasty weather and this year was looking dodgy too. On the Monday there were floods and gales yet fortunately as the day broke on Lyme’s iconic harbour the sun was out Read more…

Launch Day invitation – Wednesday 23 November 2016, Class of February 2016

Join the celebrations at our next student boat launch on Wednesday 23rd November 2016. At 12:00 each of the five boats built by the Class of February 2016 as part of the 38 week ‘Boat Building, Maintenance and Support’ course, will be Read more…

Class of March 2015 Launch Day – 2nd December 2015

Lyme Regis experienced terrible weather in the run up to the December launch but, fortunately just as the boats were being walked to the harbour on 2nd December, the sun broke through the clouds and the wind calmed enough for two Read more…

Class of September 2014 Launch day – 10th June 2015

Eight boats built by the class of September 2014 were launched for the first time into Lyme Regis harbour on Wednesday 10th June.  It was a windy but bright day and a crowd of around three hundred people joined the Read more…

Architectural Association Workshop with Academy Graduates

Hooke Park, just outside Beaminster, was home to John Makepeace’s internationally renowned college of furniture making and design, Parnham House.  It is now the Architectural Association‘s Dorset site, specialising in the development of rural architectures and sustainable technologies.  Hooke Park students visit the Read more…

Academy-built ’round’ boat part of prize-winning exhibition

Collective JocJonJosch asked the Academy to build a traditional clinker round boat.  ‘It will just go round in circles’ we said.  Which was just what artists Jocelyn Marchington, Jonathan Brantschen and Joschi Herczeg wanted.  The Instructors built the boat in ‘out of class’ time, Read more…

Mark Bestford meets HRH The Prince of Wales

Graduate of the Boat Building Academy Mark Bestford, with his wife and business partner Julie, attended a reception hosted by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at St James’s Palace, London on Tuesday 10 September 2013.  The reception celebrated Read more…

Graduate Gail McGarva gives talk at Sheffield School of Architecture

The Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA) newest School Forum series  ‘The Thinking Craftsperson’ featured an afternoon talk with BBA graduate and boat builder Gail McGarva on 13th March 2013.  Speakers were all makers in different fields. They have been asked to Read more…

Lofting course marks the start of new Lyme youth project

The Boat Building Academy ran a four day workshop and launched the start of local boat builder Gail McGarva’s next project – a traditional Cornish skiff for Lyme Regis Gig Club’s youth section. The boat is based on ‘Mandarin’, the Read more…

Will Reed

The Lives and Loves of Hardwood Chairs

Academy Instructor Will Reed was an expert maker during the workshop phase of the RCA project ‘The Lives and Loves of Hardwood Chairs’ outlined here and the subject of a short film see below. The 12 chairs produced were exhibited at Read more…

Royal Medal for Academy graduate

Lyme Regis boat builder and Academy graduate Gail McGarva went to Buckingham Palace to collect an award from Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, on 1st May. Gail received a ‘highly commended’ certificate for the Prince Philip Medal, an international award Read more…

Jack Chippendale

Jack Chippendale MBE

After his time as Chief Instructor at the Academy Jack was a tireless adviser, supporter and friend whose knowledge and enthusiasm lit up the workshops and illuminated us all.  His enormous contribution to British boat building, dinghy racing and teaching Read more…

Defiant of Lyme Regis

Defiant of Lyme Regis exhibited at The National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum at Greenwich featured ‘Defiant of Lyme Regis’, one of the boats built by Marc Chivers and the class of March 2008, as the centrepiece of their ‘Boats That Built Britain’ exhibition, which ran alongside the BBC4 Read more…

Graduate and former Instructor Gail McGarva on the BBC and at the V&A

Graduate and former Instructor, Gail McGarva, having launched Cornish Pilot Gig ‘Black Ven’, then built a Lerret (traditional Dorset fishing boat) ‘by eye’ at the Academy as a Queen Elizabeth Scholar.  Gail talked about the build on Radio 4 Woman’s Read more…

First Sail Making short course

The Academy ran its first Sail Making short course in August, instructed by Paul Cunningham.  Because of the nature of the course only six students were enrolled, including Gail McGarva, Assistant Instructor at the Academy.  The course looked at sail Read more…

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