Class of August 2018
Alex recently finished studying Material Science at university but found that the course wasn’t ‘hands on’ enough for him. He joins the course hoping to build on his practical skills. Alex has a passion for trampolining and has participated in several competitions throughout the country.
Andy has worked in the building trade for over three decades, he started his career working as a plumber before moving on to building extensions and renovations. Ever since he first sailed his first dinghy aged eight, his passion for boats has only grown. Until recently, he owned a 1934 Harrison Butler Bermudan cutter, which was regularly sailed in the Solent.
Angus first came across the Academy when he saw our stand at Countryfile Live. His connection to the world of boat building comes from his father, who is an experienced sailor. Though unsure of what he will do after the course, Angus hopes to build on his woodworking skillset.
Astrid hails from Denmark, where she worked as a teacher. A love of boats runs through her family; her father is a boat builder by trade. She thought that university was the next career step but found that the boat building bug was too big to ignore. After finishing the course, she hopes to enter the marine industry as an instructor on training ships.
Cai spent his formative years in Wales, working on his mum’s farm before qualifying as a ski and water sports instructor. Confident around water, he holds several RYA qualifications for dinghy sailing, power boats and windsurfing. Cai plans to live aboard a sailing boat after the course.
Fintan is a big music fan and spent two years studying it at college. Since then, he has been working on building sites and new-builds. He hopes to gain the practical skills that would help further his career in woodworking.
Heike has spent the last three decades working in photography, having taught the subject at university-level extensively around the UK. Her work has been shown in exhibitions in New York, China, France, Germany and the UK. A keen rower in her youth, Heike hopes to learn to sail during her time down in Lyme Regis.
James has been around boats for most of his life, he studied Naval Architecture at university before deciding that he wanted to build boats rather than designing them.
Jon attended the 5 Day Basic Woodworking 1 Short Course before enrolling on the 40 week boat building course. Jon returned to the UK after living in Canada for many years.
Lee is from nearby Somerset and is a tree surgeon by trade. An experienced kayaker, Lee has circumnavigated not only the UK but also Iceland and Ireland. His love of the sea attracted him to the long course.
Lukas trained as a chemical engineer and material scientist before working as a management consultant and internal auditor for an EU institution in Belgium. A seasoned sailor and rower, he owns a 33’ 1906 Sonderclass and a 1928 26’ Rennjolle racing dinghy. He hopes to build rowing boats in native Austria after finishing the course.
Nick came to us from New Zealand, before joining the Academy, he had only briefly visited the UK once before. A practical mind and a worry that traditional boat building skills were dying out where he lived, led to Nick enrolling on the 40 week course.
Sam studied Art & Design at school before undertaking a horticulture qualification, which led to him working on a private estate. After a year, Sam felt the job was not for him (he assured us that an experience with a digger and a set of garage doors played no part in that decision) and enrolled on the long course.
Sam came to the Academy straight from college, where he studied Art & Design. His family have recently acquired a Westerly Fulmar sailing yacht, and apart from sailing, Sam has a wide range of interests including photography, cinema and the great outdoors.
From an early age Trevor had a curious interest in how things worked, this passion led to an initial career working in civil and structural engineering, on projects such as the Jubilee Line extension project (one of the UK’s largest construction projects). He has spent the last twenty years designing insurance-related business systems. Trevor moved down to Lyme Regis from Reading to join the Academy, he hopes to do something woodworking or marine related after the course.
Will has spent the last decade working in the construction industry as a labourer before training to operate 360 excavators. Since then, he was worked on a private estate where he was responsible for general maintenance, groundworks and forestry work. Will holds a degree in music and plays several instruments.