Students from Southampton Solent University designed, build and raced model boats at the end of year regatta whose previous winners have included some now globally successful designers and racers. While the Volvo Ocean Race boats were crashing through the Bay of Biscay, almost 30 yachts and power craft designers at the University were putting their skills to be altogether to get tested in an annual model yacht race.
All first year students spent almost a hundred hours in designing and building the vessels to conform towards specific yacht design rules, before putting their inventions towards testing on Gosport Boating Lake. The yachts race a windward course, while the lecturers closely gauge the attribute of each and every yacht. [...]