First utopia navalis® Concept Design Awarded 3rd Place in Design Competition

It is my great pleasure to announce that our design was awarded the third place in the design competition “Dessine-moi un caboteur à voiles”, launched by the French magazine Chasse-Marée together with the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture of Nantes, France.

Back in January, Chasse-Marée and ENSA Nantes launched a design competition for a small transatlantic sailing cargo vessel. The competition was announced in the article “Quand le fret remet les voiles” of the no. 283 issue of Chasse-Marée, as well as on ENSA’s website. The competition was open for everyone to participate and divided in three categories — amateurs, students and professionals. The original competition rules which also state the vessel requirements can be seen here.

Our international design team consisting of myself, Genoa-based yacht & industrial designer Camillo De Gaspari and Swiss solar electric boat manufacturer Grove Boats SA, prepared together an entry for the professionals category. Entries were accepted until 31st May.

The jury, composed of three ENSA naval architects and the editor-in-chief of Chasse-Marée, nominated for each category the three best designs. These were published in the no. 289 issue of Chasse-Marée (article visible online to subscribers here) and the winners were also announced on the ENSA website. In addition, the nine winning designs are also soon to be exhibited at ENSA Nantes.

Congratulations to the other winners for their interesting and original designs! Special merit goes to the winners of the student category, to whom a special distinction was awarded, theirs being judged the best design over all. I would like to thank my project partners Camillo De Gaspari and the Grove Boats team for their invaluable support. Thank you for your help!

The webpage of our design is under preparation where you will shortly find the vessel requirements set by the competition, information about our team, drawings, renderings and a detailed description of the vessel. Subscribe to my newsletter here or follow me on Twitter to be informed when it goes online.



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