ALASTAIR CALLENDER has been making waves in the world of boat design from a young age through a combination of artistic flair and a passion for all things nautical. Growing up, Callender’s closest neighbour was his local sailing club in Chichester Harbour, and these experiences initially fuelled and then nurtured a keen interest in the maritime industry.
At the age of 16, he received a career talk from one of the world’s most renowned Superyacht designers, Andrew Winch, which Callender describes as ‘life-changing’. Having secured a place on Coventry University’s Boat Design course some years later, Callender is now nearing an end to his undergraduate studies and hoping his latest design will make a real splash.
Called ‘Soliloquy’, this is Callender’s interpretation of an innovative wind-powered superyacht. Although it measures a colossal 58 metres in length, its impact on the environment is lessened as it uses the very latest in state-of-the-art, eco-friendly technologies. The project, incidentally, was officially sponsored by the Australian based boat company, Solar Sailor Ltd.
Having attended the 6th Annual Green Ship Technology conference held in Hamburg’s Le Royal Meriden Hotel last month, his latest design was viewed to high acclaim behind closed doors by a focus group of naval architects and boat designers throughout the course of the two day event.
The Superyacht design will be officially unveiled and showcased during a speech given by Callender at the 4th Annual Future of Superyachts Conference in Mallorca, in June 2009, entitled: ‘The Design of Supergreen Superyachts’.
The future in the Superyacht design world is incredibly exciting…but the industry must adapt and meet the challenges of the global economy
Although there is still the freedom to design audacious superyachts, Callender recognises the fact that the maritime industry and its designers are becoming increasingly aware of their respective environmental responsibilities. “The future in the Superyacht design world is incredibly exciting,” he said.
“But the industry must adapt and meet the challenges of the global economy, the ‘Green’ agenda and the ever-shifting ‘wish-list’ to cater for the whims of discerning customers. In this ever-increasing environmentally conscious time, I wanted to focus my attention to the future of yacht design, hoping to prove to the world that eco-luxury should no longer be viewed as an oxymoron.
‘Soliloquy’ – the Super-Green Superyacht – is a true metaphor to show that this ideal is viable. With the backing of state-of-the-art patented technology by Solar Sailor Ltd, this personal dream has become one step closer to reality,” he added.
Callender has been fortunate to have gained first-hand experience of how maritime designers work, securing professional placements with two of the UK’s leading design studios – Princess Yachts International Plc, Plymouth, and Northshore Yachts Ltd, Itchenor.
“Both of these placements were fantastic”, said Callender. “Live projects and the advice I received from members of the design teams have made a direct impact on my own work as a result. This has lead to a far greater understanding – with several of my designs now currently in production.”
- Alastair Callender’s final year project – the Super-Green Superyacht – will be exhibited at the end of year degree show. This will take place from May 30th to June 4th at Coventry University’s Maurice Foss Building.