Shipwrights' Lectures

In 2011 The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, with the support of the University of Southampton, laid the foundation for a series of Annual Lectures to be presented to apprentices, young shipwrights, students and graduates by invited industry leaders. 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. The annual lectures are held at the University of Southampton each year and are free to all attendees.

After the enforced break in 2020 the Shipwrights' Lectures Team are pleased to announce that the 2021 Annual Shipwrights’ Lectures will be going ahead on Wednesday 20 October 2021 and at an exciting new venue - the MAST Studios in Southampton City Centre.

The general format will follow that of previous years and there is a full programme planned for the afternoon.

Most importantly, we are delighted that Pip Hare has agreed to be to be our 2021 keynote speaker.

Just a few months ago Pip successfully completed her first singlehanded round the world yacht race. Not only is the 3 months long Vendee Globe race both physically and mentally tough but Pip was regarded as the underdog with a 20 year old boat and having faced significant challenges in securing sufficient sponsorship and support simply to get her to the start line.  As the race progressed several competitors had to drop out, but Pip went on not only to finish but won the admiration of her peers by pushing her boat Medallia to a performance that no one had thought possible.

As well as being a competitive sailor Pip is a journalist, author and compelling speaker.  Without doubt she will have some insightful experiences to relate.

The full Lectures schedule can be viewed here: Schedule 2021

 Joining instructions for Wednesday 20 October 2021 are available on Registration. Register now.

Follow us on Twitter and read the most recent Press Release for details of the Shipwrights' Lectures at:  Lectures 2021 PR03

Earlier Press Releases for the 2021 Lectures can be found at:  Lectures 2021 PR02.

WCS Lectures 2019 Press Release - Find out what happened at our 2019 Lectures

WCS Lectures 2018 Press Release - Find out what happened at our 2018 Lectures

WCS Lectures 2016 Press Release - Find out what happened at our 2016 Lectures

WCS Lectures 2015 Press Release - Find out what happened at our 2015 Lectures

WCS Lectures 2014 Press Release - Find out what happened at our 2014 Lectures

Why join us on the day?

  • Inspire your apprentices
  • Create motivated employees
  • Learn from the Industry's best
  • Find out about the latest technologies

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A video taster of last year's lectures