Class of August 2017
On the 21st of August a full course of 18 joined the academy.
Before joining the 38 week Boat Building course Andrew gained a diploma in ship science, worked in an office and was a volunteer youth leader. He decided he wanted to do something that was practical and develop his woodworking skills. Andrew’s hobbies include sailing, cycling, running and playing guitar.
Arthur started a degree in chemistry but decided he wanted to do something which was more hands on as he loves wooden boats. In his spare time Arthur likes sailing, woodwork, pottery, cycling and kayaking.
Chris worked as a director in healthcare sales and marketing spanning a career of over 20 years before deciding it was time for a change of direction and having visited the Boat Building Academy several times over the past few years he joined the 38 week Boat Building course. Chris has a passion for the sea and whilst he knows the course will be a steep learning curve he hopes to build something beautiful, and leave with new skills and knowledge.
Chris van Rooij
Found his passion for boats by chance though a restoration project on a 1970’s Alajuela 38 in Vancouver. Hooked within a week and unhappy with being a jack of all trades and master of none he has joined the boat building academy for a firm foundation on which to build a career in the marine industry. Chris is particularly interested and inspired by modern methods of wooden boat building and fit out.
After visiting the Boat Building Academy Chris decided it was time for a complete change from 25 years of teaching. He has taken a sabbatical in order to complete the course and as part of his training would like to rejuvenate his Enterprise Dinghy. Chris doesn’t yet know what the future holds after he has completed the course.
David has a career spanning 40 years as a naval architect working on submarines, aircraft carriers and destroyers. He is a keen dinghy sailor and has built a few boats himself including a National 12. He loves boat building and learning how to do things properly. David is on the course with his wife Ros.
Harry was an apprentice at Sunseeker International before joining the 38 week Boat Building course. In his spare time Harry has a passion for skiing, having spent his early years in the French Alps. He also enjoys motorcross biking and has travelled to many countries of the world including Egypt, Croatia and Switzerland. Harry has also played rugby for Dorset and Wiltshire, Bath Academy and South West England.
Helen completed a degree in Visual Communication before spending seven years in the military as a musician. After visiting the Boat Building Academy she decided that she needed a career change as her interests lie in traditional wooden boat building. Helen doesn’t know what the future holds but is excited about it.
Having worked in merchandising and with no experience of boats or sailing Jack decided he wanted to learn another skill. He was passing the Boat Building Academy on a visit to Lyme Regis and decided to call in. In his spare time Jack enjoys walking and cycling.
Among other things, Javier has worked in sales engineering and manufacturing operations. After getting tired of the corporate office environment he worked in offshore drilling for 9 years until he was made redundant due to low oil prices. He then took the opportunity to learn cabinetry in Devon. While looking for suitable employment he arranged an interview at the Boat Building Academy because “I was just curious”. Feeling quite excited by what he saw, Javier decided to join the 38 week Boat Building course.
Jonathon has worked as a Design and Construction Manager in the construction industries of the UK and Australia for over15 years. Fed up with bureaucracy and moving further away from his passion for building things he decided to take a sabbatical and join the 38 week Boat Building course. His hobbies include sailing, diving, snow sports and photography.
Before Katherine joined the 38 week Boat Building course she spent 5 years in Oslo working as an environmental adviser in the oil and gas industry, while living on her boat. Katherine then spent 3 weeks sailing her boat from Oslo to the UK to join the course. We first got to know Katherine when she attended a 5 day GRP Repairs course at the Academy.
Matthew has a degree in Product Design and has spent the last 6 years teaching design and technology in various schools in the South West. Although he has done some woodwork in the past Matthew is looking forward to learning formal woodworking as part of his training. In his spare time Matthew enjoys cycling, skiing, trail running and drumming.
Richard spent 18 years in the marine industry as a naval architect and marine engineer (including 16 years as a senior mechanical engineer for the RNLI). He has always had a passion for boats and building things so relocated to Lyme Regis to start the 38 week Boat Building course.
Robert is a retired lawyer from London. He grew up around water and boats and currently sails a 22’ Boston Whaler motorboat when in Florida. Robert has no boat building experience but hopes his enthusiasm on the course more than makes up for his lack of experience.
Rory has been sailing for the past nine years including working on a variety of sailing yachts around the world. He decided it was time for a change wanting to learn how to build boats rather than repair them. In his spare time Rory likes to keep himself fit including mountain biking and surfing. Other hobbies include playing the guitar and cooking.
After a degree in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding Ros worked in the naval defence industry for over 35 years which included working in programme management. Having helped husband David, also on the course, on various dinghy builds Ros is eager to learn boat building skills for herself. In her spare time Ros is a keen dinghy sailor.
Sam is the youngest student in his group. Based on the Isles of Scilly, Sam is already a competent boat handler. He rows gigs, sails and has his own 16’ boat. He spends much of his spare time running his own business cleaning and polishing boats for locals as well as helping out on the inter island boats, and helped restore a derelict redwing dinghy.