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 class at the slipway to celebrate their achievements.

Following speeches from Director of the Academy, Tim Gedge and former Mayor of Lyme Regis, Sally Holman, the crowd cheered and champagne flowed as each boat was launched.

The boats launched in the following order:

18’ Strip planked Guillemot Kayak ‘Night Heron’

12’ Strip planked Andrew Wolstenholme ‘Mallard’ dinghy

14’ traditional clinker faering designed by its builder, Max Stembridge’s Naval Architect father

13’ Glued clinker Iain Oughtred ‘Acorn Skiff’

15’2 Cold moulded Iain Oughtred ‘Whilly Tern’

10’ Restoration of a traditional clinker dinghy

20’ Seabird Half Rater the oldest one-design class boat still sailing, now the 107th to be built

22’ Nordlands boat – the first Viking boat to be built at the Academy

Despite the wind a great time was had by all and each boat was successfully launched. The Nordland’s boat crew didn’t lose their Viking hats and experienced sailors aboard the Seabird Half-Rater and the ‘Mallard’ dinghy enjoyed an exhilarating sail across the bay.

The workshop was packed for the certificate presentation where each student received their Level 3 City & Guilds certificates and a surprise gift from Axminster Power Tools. Principal, Yvonne Green, congratulated the class on their hard work and wished them well for the start of their new lives as boat builders.

To find out more about the class of September 2014, read their student profiles here and for photographic diaries of the build projects see here.

Photographs below are by photographer Jenny Steer ©.