WHO STUDIES AT WESTLAWN? YACHT DESIGN STUDENTS
CLAIM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS, SHARE COMMON GOALS
Among the more than 500 students currently enrolled at the Westlawn
School of Yacht Design, few would match a description that might
be called typical. They hail from 59 countries worldwide, although
the majority live in the United States. While most students maintain
full-time employment during the time they complete coursework, they
represent a variety of professions both within and outside the marine
What remains common to all Westlawn students, according to school
director Dave Gerr, is a keen interest in boats and the sea, and
a desire to channel that interest into practical design skills.
"We don't even require that our students come to us as accomplished
artists," Gerr said. "While the ability to draw is always
a plus, we concentrate our learning in the direction of developing
design concepts, both in improving existing products and in shaping
new, innovative boats that meet the evolving needs of the market."
Recognizing the reality of its students' employment commitments-the
majority also have families-the Westlawn School has structured its
Yacht Design Course to accommodate both full-time and part-time
study. This flexibility allows students, working at home, to complete
the course within a two- to four-year period.
Located in Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut, the Westlawn School
of Yacht Design offers specialized education to students throughout
North America and worldwide. The school, an affiliate of the
American Boat & Yacht Council, is approved by the Connecticut
Department of Higher Education, and accredited by the Distance
Education and Training Council.