The Class of March 2013 launched their boats on 9 December under occasionally blue skies. From the beginning of the course they worked long hours, ensuring that they hit the deadline of the launch day finish. The building seemed very empty after they left – Brian to Henwood and Dean, Roman to Sunseeker, Alex to America (and an internship at Mystic Seaport), Tom to Cockwells, Toby to a yard in Holland (then Madeira on a game fishing boat) and Keith to Underfall in Bristol, to name a few. We enjoyed their company for every 38 weeks of the course and they were a pleasure to instruct. ITV filmed the launch for a ‘feel good’ story. The boats were a glorious testament to the skills learnt on the course.