€5k prize for winning yacht design announced

Are you a young yacht designer, a naval architect, or an amateur with a brilliant idea? Sly Yachts is running a world-wide open contest, a competition aimed at singling out the best ideas and most innovative designers.

If you’re under 35, pick up your pencil and design the hull for a new Sly. The winner could see their design become a reality. In addition, you could win ?5000 – around £3,900.

The theme for the first competition is to design a charter sailboat between 14 and 16 meters. The design must be original and in keeping with all the characteristics of the Sly concept (single hull with light displacement, carbon mast and boom, use of epoxy resin, high performance). The designer must therefore present a design that meets the following conditions:

1) low environmental impact (hybrid engine, eco-friendly wood, paint, and other materials, zero emissions)
2) long-range capacity (550L fresh water, 250L fuel)
3) small crew (a single person)
4) on-deck living comfort


Participation in the contest is free of charge and open to Italian and foreign designers and students with secondary school or university degrees, who have not reached their 36th birthday as of 31 December 2007. Groups composed of up to three people may also take part so long as they meet the above conditions and name a single group leader and contact person. Jury members and their relatives may not enter the contest. Each contestant may present only one design.

Deadlines and prizes:

The contest officially opens on 16 June 2008. Registration will close on 30 September 2008. Each contestant must inform Sly Yachts of his/her intention to take part in the contest by filling out the entry form on the website
Designs may also be delivered at a later date by express courier, by and before 31 October 2008, to the Contest Organization Office.

The winner will receive a prize of ?5000.

Click on the Sly yachts website, download the complete competition announcement and fill in the form.

Enquiries to: contest@sly-yachts.com