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The next Shipwrights' Lectures will be held at 14.00 on 10th January 2018 at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. Manley Hopkinson, a renowned adventurer, business leader, inspirational speaker and leadship catalyst will be among the speaker line-up.

The annual lectures are held at the University of Southampton each year and are free to all attendees The Lectures are open to apprentices, young shipwrights and boat builders, students and graduates. The purpose being to inspire and motivate young people engaged in the UK's 3 billion unique international position in the super yacht, yacht and boat design and building industry.

This year promises to be outstanding and booking is filling up quickly and should be made on line by clicking the link below. More information can be found at

The full programme for the day can be found at Shipwrights' Lectures Programme 2018 at the following link:

To celebrate the hard work and achievement of the Land Rover BAR team, the panel discussion will focus on the technical innovation behind the America's Cup. The panel members will comprise:

Andy Claughton, Naval Architect BAR Technologies
Richard Hopkirk, Land Rover BAR Engineering Manager
Simon Schofield, BAR Technologies Senior Engineer
James Roche, Land Rover BAR Performance and Simulation

The panel discussion will be chaired by Matt Sheahan, Head of Performance Sailing at Sunset+Vine PLC, and will be a lively look at developments within the marine industry. In much the same way as Formula 1 drives innovation in the automotive industry, it is the Americas Cup that drives innovation in ours.

As in previous years, there will be a presentation from two marine apprentices, this time from Oyster Yachts, Wroxham telling of their experiences during their apprenticeship.

Following the interval the keynote speech will be given by Sir Keith Mills GBE DL, who, having left school at 15 with no qualifications, went on to have an amazing career in marketing. Early ventures included founding the air miles and nectar card companies before leading the team that brought the Olympics to Britain in 2012. He was co-founder of the Invictus Games with Prince Harry before becoming a founding shareholder of the America's Cup team, Land Rover BAR.

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Posted 2017-11-08 11:50:46

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