Class of September 2013 Launch Day

The Class of September 2013 were blessed with beautiful sunshine on Tuesday 10th June as they launched the six boats and paddle board built as part of the intensive 38 week course.

A crowd of around three hundred people including Academy staff, past and present students and friends and family gathered at the slipway to see the finished boats.   John Makepeace, legendary furniture designer/maker, was also there.  After a few words from the Academy’s Director Tim Gedge and the Mayor of Lyme Regis Sally Holman, the boats were launched one by one into the water.  The crowd cheered and champagne corks popped.

The seventeen students joined the course from places as near as Portland and as far as Norway.  They started the course as beginners but graduated with the skills and level 3 qualification necessary to their new careers in the marine industry.  Some already have jobs lined up – Reuben Thompson will work at Cockwells, Tony Corke will use his new composite skills in Norfolk at  Mussett Engineering Ltd  and Dave Rotheram will work at Douglas Marine Ltd in Preston.  Keith McIlwain will return to Bristol where he’ll start his own business – Daydream Boats – building and restoring/repairing boats, George Le Gallais from Jersey will set off to the Caribbean where he plans to work for a boat builder in Trinidad, and Ask Serck-Hanssen from Norway is going on to study Industrial Design at Brunel University.

The Class have been a fantastic group of people to work with – so good that Yvonne Green, Principal of the Academy said she wanted to develop a 10 year course and invite them all to join.

Special thanks to Jenny Steer for capturing the day with her camera and also to Rupert Perry of Rob Perry Marine for being our safety boat.