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Fresh from university and passionate about yacht design, Thomas Smith has come to Spirit Yachts keen to develop his design abilities and learn from the creative design team at Spirit Yachts.

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With a natural talent for design and a first class Master of Design degree, Thomas has won Contech’s 2017 Steve Olney Award and is also a finalist in Boat International’s highly commended Young Designer of the Year Awards.

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Working under CEO & head designer Sean McMillan and a team of experienced naval architects, Thomas has been focusing on developing his interior and exterior design visualisation skills at Spirit Yachts. He has also benefited from working within Spirit Yachts’ boatyard, where he has had the opportunity to see a project transition into a physical build first hand.

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Sean comments: “Thomas has been a fantastic asset to the company with an enthusiasm and passion for yacht design. We are pleased to have such a talented young person on our team that is eager to learn and has great potential.

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“I would also like to congratulate Thomas on achieving a first class for his Master of Design degree.”

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Thomas comments: “I am incredibly grateful to Sean for his guidance and mentorship at Spirit Yachts. Working in classic yacht design has been a huge learning curve and I am really looking forward to developing my skills further in the New Year.”