STUDENTS at Lyme Regis’ world-renowned Boat Building Academy will mark the end of their 40-week course with a boat launch on Tuesday, December 4.
At 1.30pm, students from the class of February 2018 will walk their boats from the academy on Monmouth Beach down to the harbour, to be launched for the first time. Having spent the best part of nine months learning how to build boats, the day marks a celebratory end to their training.
Eighteen people from around the UK and across Europe joined the course, with some coming from as far as France, Spain and Italy.
Men and women come to the academy from all walks of life, some with academic and professional backgrounds and others just starting out on a career. On the present course, students include a former teacher, a landscape gardener, company directors, a bicycle courier and in government service.
Enrolling on the course is often the first step in fulfilling a lifelong dream to build boats. For others, it’s the perfect chance to make the leap from hobbyist to trained boat builder. The course can often act as a sabbatical from a demanding job or for those wishing to escape a life behind a computer screen.
The course has no strict skill requirements, in fact all that is asked from potential students is a willing attitude and commitment to hard work. As each class is made of people of all ages and backgrounds, everyone is taught at the same level.
Seven boats have been built by the class, ranging from a Royal Yachting Association Albacore dinghy (built exactly to the class specifications), a canoe, a traditional clinker sailing boat, a carvel sailing boat, a fishing boat, a glued clinker sailing boat and a rowing boat.
Director of the Boat Building Academy, Commander Tim Gedge, said: “It is a great joy to me to see what people with such diverse backgrounds can achieve when all working together with a common aim.”
All are welcome to join the students in celebrating their achievements with the launching of the boats.
You can learn more about the boats being launched, as well as profiles of the students and case studies of graduates on the Academy’s website here www.boatbuildingacademy.com