Launch Day – Class of February 2016

Last year’s winter launch was threatened by some pretty nasty weather and this year was looking dodgy too. On the Monday there were floods and gales yet fortunately as the day broke on Lyme’s iconic harbour the sun was out and the winds favourable for sailing.

The Class of February 2016 graduated on Wednesday 23 November, with three already lined up for jobs starting the following Monday at Spirit Yachts in Suffolk.  The average age of students on the course was 35 with some in their late teens and early twenties; opting for vocational training rather than university.  As usual on each long course students joined from various countries including Austria, Germany, Italy, UK and from a wide range of backgrounds; Japanese studies, outdoor pursuits, art, paediatrics, dentistry, engineering and yacht crewing.  Find out more about them on their page Class of February 2016.

After six months of building the boats were launched for the first time into the harbour to much celebrations, cheers and of course, champagne.  Find out more about boat builds on the Boats page and view (nearly) all boats launched at the academy in Boats Archive.

The boats launched last week were –

– an Iain Oughtred designed Guillemot’ clinker rowing/sailing dingy. Cold-moulded with mahogany veneer

– a 15ft Sailing canoe strip planked in Western Red Cedar

– a 15ft Christmas Wherry, a glue clinked boat based on US designs by Walter J. Simmons.

To find out more about the boats see the photographic diaries on their course page.  And browse most of the profiles of those on previous courses and their boats here.

Thank you to everyone who came and made the day a fantastic celebration.