Immediate Release – 06-22
Contact: Caroline Chetelat at ABYC
Westlawn Announces Design Competition in
Cruising World Magazine & Island Packet Yachts
September 22, 2006, Annapolis. MD: The
Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is proud to announce a new design
competition in conjunction with Cruising World magazine,
and sponsored by Island Packet Yachts. The
purpose of the competition is to encourage and highlight new and exciting
designs for serious cruising under sail. Entered designs must meet the
following criteria, which can also be found at: Westlawn/Cruising
World Design Competition:
length overall (LOA) must measure between 30 and 65 feet.
design must be a sailboat and may have more than one hull.
boat must be designed for serious cruising by two or more sailors for a
three-week cruise, minimum.
design may be for coastwise or offshore cruising.
design may be traditional or modern, conservative or radically innovative.
designer must submit a clear mission statement, explaining the goals of the
design and how these goals are met. Maximum length of this statement is 1,000
designer must submit at least: general dimensions (LOA, designed waterline
(DWL), beam, waterline beam, draft); displacement; sail area; displacement
length (D/L) ratio; sail area to displacement (SA/D) ratio; ballast and ballast/displacement
must include sail plan/outboard profile, deck plan, arrangement plan, and
inboard profile; at least four joiner sections (cross-sections); at least one
construction section at midships; hull lines .
must be submitted to scale as either manual drawings or CAD
files may be submitted on CD, either in AutoCAD “.dwg” or “.dxf” format, and
must be finished 2D drawings (not 3D files) ready to print. Print size is to be
set up for paper no wider than 24 inches (609 mm.).
must be submitted in JPEG or TIFF format.
drawings must be no larger than E size (36 inches by 48 inches or 914 by 1219
not send original drawings. Drawings will not be returned.
design must not be previously built or published elsewhere other than in
preview form on a designer’s website before Cruising World’s
announcement of winner(s) in the August 2007 issue.
more than two designs may be submitted by any one entrant.
12. Contest is open except to employees (and
family members) of Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology, the American Boat
& Yacht Council, Island Packet Yachts, and World Publications.
To enter, mail your
design entry to: Cruising World Design Competition, Westlawn Institute
of Marine Technology, 613 Third
Street, Suite 10, Annapolis, MD 21403. All entries must be postmarked no later than March
Judging: The judges panel
will consist of top designers and sailing experts who will judge entries on:
designs’ potential success and utility as cruising boats;
well the designs meet their mission statement;
(classic, modern, or ultramodern; innovation (whether in modern or traditional
of handling, comfort, and safety.
All criteria will have
equal weight. The judges will select a group of 12 finalists from all entries From
the final 12, one winner and up to four honorable mentions will be selected.
Awards: The winner will have his or her design featured in
an article in Cruising World and will receive a $2,000 scholarship to be
used towards any Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology course, or $1,000
check (at the winner’s option), along with a certificate as the winner of the
2007 Cruising World’s Westlawn/Island Packet Design Competition.
Honorable mentions will receive a certificate.
Westlawn students who
wish to enter the competition may also use their entries for their Westlawn
lessons. It is recommended that Westlawn students interested in entering check
with their instructor on the design idea and what lesson they’d like to apply
this work towards.
“We’re excited to be
introducing an exciting and new design challenge," said Dave Gerr,
Westlawn Director. "The Cruising World Westlawn/Island Packet
Design Competition is designed to encourage people to explore the possibilities
of yacht design and uncover new design talent from around the world. We’d like
to personally thank Bob Johnson, President of Island Packet Yachts and Westlawn
Board member, for generously donating the prize money for this competition and
his support of yacht design over the years,” concluded Gerr.
Founded in 1930, the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is
the only nationally accredited and state certified distance-learning school of
small-craft design in the United States. As the not-for-profit educational affiliate of the American Boat and Yacht Council, The mission of
the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is threefold:
■ To provide our students with the skills knowledge
required to build a rewarding career in the profession of yacht and small-craft
■ To support continued growth of the
recreational and small-craft marine community through the development of
well-trained, safety oriented, boat designers developing better products for
the benefit of the boating public.
■ To provide continuing education to marine
To learn more about
Westlawn, please call (860) 572-7900 or visit the Westlawn website at