Shuttleworth Design is a multi-award winning design consultancy that has been working with an international client base at the forefront of yacht design, engineering and naval architecture for more than 35 years.
John Shuttleworth built his first boat when he was twelve. Since then his love of sailing has taken him all over the world, sailing thousands of miles on his cruising and racing designs. After his first major success with Brittany Ferries GB in the 1981 Twostar transatlantic race, John rapidly gained a reputation for designing fast, strong and safe boats. His meticulous attention to detail and careful engineering, and his interest in aerodynamic efficiency resulted in a new style of multihulls. These lightweight, streamlined yachts proved to have outstanding windward performance, and with their wide beam, have built up a fine record of fast and safe long distance cruising. Many of his designs are consistent race winners, and several have broken and still hold some of the toughest long distance ocean sailing records. John has written many articles on his design philosophy, and has often been an invited speaker at yachting symposiums and conferences.
Orion Shuttleworth completed his first voyage aged one, and like his father, has had a passion for sailing ever since. His experience comes from a diverse range of projects as well as many miles spent at sea, both cruising and in competitive inshore and offshore yacht racing. After graduating in 2004 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Product Design from Nottingham Trent University, he went on to design production motor yachts for British company Princess Yachts under the direction of renowned yacht designer Bernard Olesinski. There he developed extensive skills in 3D CAD and gained a wealth of big boat design experience. In 2009 he began work with Shuttleworth Design on 'Adastra', the award winning 42.5m power trimaran and was responsible for a number of key aspects of the project, from design project management to detail design and overall aesthetics of the vessel. He continues to play a key role in all aspects of the company.
Shuttleworth Design grew out of John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs Ltd, a company founded by John Shuttleworth in 1980 to develop the knowledge of multihull design and engineering. John was one of the first yacht designers to develop the idea of "integrated design", a way of approaching the engineering and overall design as an integrated whole rather than a series of parts joined together. John also pioneered the use of computer aided design in multihulls and has always been a believer in research and development, often conducting tank tests and radio controlled model tests. This innovative approach resulted in boats that were lighter, stiffer, and stronger than any previous multihull designs, and put John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs firmly in the forefront of the field. John then successfully transferred this knowledge to cruising designs, an area that is under continual development. His designs have many ocean crossings behind them and Zeepoes (a 63 ft cruising catamaran) has completed two around the world voyages.
Now joined by his son Orion, the company is using this structural design technology and their fast aerodynamic hull shapes to design power multihulls and to develop sail assisted power boats, where significant savings in fuel consumption and increased range can be achieved.
For the Design of the 42.5m Adastra Trimaran* Naval Architecture - Winner * Newcomer of the Year - Winner * Exterior Design and Styling - Judges' Commendation
'Most Innovative Design' for the 42.5m Adastra Trimaran
'Most Innovative Company' for the Design of the 42.5m Adastra Trimaran