3rd Year Naval Architecture Student Simone Wood shares with us some insight into her boating background and why she decided to undertake a naval architecture degree at the Australian Maritime College. Simone is actually an active member of Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron having competed in and one many state, national and international regattas.
Why did you select to study for a career as a Naval Architect?
I was into sailing growing up and actually tried it professionally but injury led me to look at building boats instead of racing them. I was offered the opportunity at AMC so I chose to pursue it.
Do you have a boating background?
I’ve loved sailing all my life, based out of Royal Queensland I was always going on sailing camps and competing in Laser Class regattas around Australia. I represented Queensland at the Laser Worlds last year that was a highlight. Being based in Tamar where the AMC is in Tassie I sail out of Beauty Point all the time in SC20’s or anything really.
Where do you see your career taking you?
I would love to be involved with a Yacht Racing Team.
What has it been like working studying and working on the job at Wrights?
I’ve really enjoyed the learning curve and the opportunity to talk with the boat builders in the yard. Watching the boats go from mould to launch is so exciting. I’ve seen so many Wrights boats at RQ so it was awesome to actually spend some time in the business.
We wish Simone all the best with her future career and look forward to seeing her racing yacht designs of the future.