Class of September 2012

The Class of September 2012 started on Monday 3rd September. Among this group are some experienced deckhands, sailors, a data analysis engineer and a school-leaver. Students have come from South Africa, Switzerland and Australia to be here, others grew up just 15 miles away.

The course have now completed the foundation phase – starting from the beginning students learn how to hold and sharpen their tools. Now they are on the workshop floor building five boats which are to be launched on 12 June 2013.

Alex Brown

Alex Brown

Alex studied Design and Technology at university and has since worked abroad for several years and has run an internet business. He is now looking to get back into working ‘hands-on’ with materials again, and is especially interested in wood. At present Alex would like to pursue a career in either boat building or bespoke furniture design.

Ben Charny

Ben Charny

Ben grew up just down the road from the Academy in the seaside town of Sidmouth, Devon. He’s worked far from home as a deckhand and bosun in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and crossing the Atlantic. Just before he came on the course he was temporary captain of an 82ft classic schooner, patching the boat for delivery from San Francisco to the UK. Ben plays rugby, surfs, fishes and snowboards. He is particularly interested in composites and will take his new skills back to the yachting industry.

Charlie Couture

Charlie Couture

Charlie is a keen sailor and has competed in the Cowes, Falmouth and Yarmouth classic yacht regattas. He has achieved Gold, Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh awards and has A levels in Art, Design and Technology and Photography. Charlie joined us from Guernsey and will see where his boat building qualification combined with his interest in classic boats takes him.

Colin Hurner

Colin Hurner

Of dual South African and British nationality, Colin has spent a lot of time in workshops; his father comes from a long line of Swiss craftsmen, teaching basic carpentry and hand carving. Colin worked with him on many projects, including the restoration of an old 16ft catamaran. Recently Colin has been working in the Caribbean as deckhand on Martha Ann – a 70m superyacht built by Lurssen. Building boats has appealed to Colin since his childhood and it will be his new career after the course.

Luke Browne

Luke Browne

After leaving school in Launceston, Cornwall, Luke spent time travelling in Australia and New Zealand before working as, among other things, an architectural technician, in property renovation and as a production operator. Luke chose the long course because he felt that everything he was doing led to a dead end and he wants a career.

Tobias Roithner

Tobias Roithner

Half Swiss, half Australian, Tobias is a qualified engineer for data analysis and process design, most recently working as a quantitative analyst for Swisscom. He also completed an apprenticeship in graphic design at an advertising agency. Tobias is interested in ‘unconventional means of transport’, and in 2002 travelled from Switzerland to India by bicycle. Tobias is keen to learn the craft of boat building and his long term goal is to sail around the world.

Follow Tobias’ blog of the build of Miura the half-rater here.