The International Superyacht Society announced Andrew Winch, founder of Winch Design, as the winner of the prestigious ISS Leadership Award last night.
Winch Design was founded in 1986 by Andrew and Jane Winch as a specialist Exterior and Interior Yacht Design Company. Over time, the company has added aviation, architecture and interiors teams to its core yacht portfolio and now employs over seventy five people, working on a number of international design projects on land, in the air and at sea.
The annual award honours an individual whose distinctive work and commitment to the industry has contributed to the growth of the superyacht community worldwide over the years. The award is selected by the ISS Board of Directors and the previous Leadership Awards Winners.
Andrew Winch commented; “It is an honour to receive this award and I am delighted to share it with the Winch Design team. I am as passionate about this industry today as I was when I started in the business with Jon Bannenberg over forty years ago. As a studio, we are growing and evolving, but the Winch ethos and spirit still drives the business. We are privileged to work with some wonderful clients on a variety of exciting projects around the world.”
Andrew’s love of yachts was ignited at a very early age with his first lessons in yacht design from acclaimed yacht designer Jon Bannenberg. Bannenberg taught him the fundamentals of yacht design, developing his technique and guiding his training. This in turn led to the creation of Winch Design (originally named Andrew Winch Designs) which in the first year brought Andrew’s first opportunity to create the exterior and interior of the Nautor Swan, an 11m sailboat.
30 years on, and with over 35 prestigious design awards under his belt, Andrew’s portfolio includes an impressive and unrivalled collection of yachts, planes and private residences including Madame Gu, Phoenix 2, Sea Owl, Al Mirqab, Dilbar and Areti to name a few. All game changers in the world of superyachts.
Winch Design has launched five yachts this year and is enjoying similar success in both the aviation and architecture studios.
Thanks to his vision, unerring attention to detail and quest to push design and technical boundaries, he has successfully steered Winch Design into its position as one of the world’s leading international design studios, employing over ninety talented individuals in an old fire station on the banks of the River Thames in Barnes.