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About BRYD

Learn all about what makes BRYD the company it is today and the young and creative team that drives it.

Ben Rogerson Yacht Design

About BRYD

BRYD offers professional design and engineering services for leisure marine, superyacht and commercial yacht design industries. We specialise in design engineering and naval architecture for performance sailing and power yachts. Plus we offer specialist feature and component developments for a variety of manufacturers.

From our UK offices on the River Hamble, BRYD is the culmination of years of experience gained in the yachting and production industries. This is coupled with an innovative, rigorous and analytical approach to performance and engineering that ensures designs are capable of far exceeding their competition. 

The BRYD Team

Learn more about the team members of Ben Rogerson Yacht Design.

Ben Rogerson

Director & Naval Architect

Oliver Brookes

Yacht Designer


Steuart Lynes

Systems, Software and Engineering Consultant

Robby Boyd

Junior Naval Architect

Megan Brickwood

Project Manager
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Ben Rogerson

Director & Naval Architect

BEng (Hons)

Ben is a passionate Yacht Designer and Naval Architect, originally from Cowes on the Isle of Wight and now living and working in Hamble. He holds a First Class Honours Batchelor of Engineering degree in Yacht and Powercraft Design from Southampton Solent University, where he also gained the accolade from the Royal Institute of Naval Architects and IMarest of ‘Top Final Year Student’.

Yachts and advancing marine technology have been Ben’s obsession since he can remember, as he was sailing almost daily throughout his youth.  In his early 20s, following completion of an HND in Leisure Boat Design in 2003, Ben cut his teeth working for eight years on numerous composite race boat builds;  from TP52s to Open 60s, working for a number of well-known racing yacht shore teams, whilst continuing to sail competitively at national and international events.

In 2011 he returned to University to complete his engineering degree and has since worked on a number of high-profile projects from within the design teams. During the latter part of 2016, Ben took the leap to start BRYD with the mission to provide an exceptional and complete yacht design and engineering service to the international leisure marine and superyacht industries.

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Growing up in Cowes, Ben has been extremely fortunate to gain a huge amount of sailing experience, racing with some exceptional sailors and teams. This experience includes winning National and European Championships in his youth as crew in small keel boats, being a member of winning teams in UK regattas in Class 0 yachts, TP52s, and the RORC Commodore’s Cup. He has also been given the opportunity to take part in Mini Maxi events, both inshore and offshore, in the Mediterranean.

Offshore and short-handed sailing has always been a huge passion with 4 Fastnet Races, a Middle Sea Race and over 15,000 nautical miles in deliveries, racing and challenges under his belt.  This includes a record of 15 days for a non-stop single-handed challenge around the UK and Ireland in a 6.5 metre Mini Transat.

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Oliver Brookes

Yacht Designer

MDes

Oliver is an exceptional designer originally from a small town in Cambridgeshire. His love for design started from an early age, inspired by his love of cars and contemporary and progressive automotive design.

Oliver enrolled from the prestigious Automotive & Transport Design course at Coventry University with notable success being shown when he was selected as a finalist for the MAIER design competition in Spain for Autonomous driving concepts in 2017. He discovered his love for yachts on a placement at a highly regarded Italian yacht design house in 2017, which shaped his future ambitions. He gained his MDes Degree in 2018 following his ‘distinction’ in an Art & Design diploma.

Since graduating, Oliver gained a wealth of experience with placements in Yacht and Aviation design houses, as well as working for one of the UK’s largest yacht manufacturers before he joined BRYD in 2019.

Since he joined BRYD, Oliver has helped Ben to forge new design processes, adding creativity and innovative ideas in abundance and enabling high quality translation of ideas through modelling, sketching and visualisations across all aspects of individual projects.

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Steuart Lynes

Systems, Software and Engineering Consultant

MEng MIET

Steuart, originally from Somerset but now based in Weymouth, is a highly experienced domain specialist in the maritime defence industry, providing expertise in mathematical modelling and algorithms since 2007.

Steuart has always had a passion for problem solving, learning to program BASIC on his Amstrad CPC at the age of 7. He graduated with a First Class Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Southampton University and gained the accolade of IMechE ‘Student of the Year’ along the way.

He has continuously applied and developed his competencies, working on a variety of applications including specialist radar systems’ design and development, underwater systems test and evaluation and yacht design performance simulation.

Steuart has been (formally or informally) an integral part of BRYD since its inception, providing a mainstay of support with his talents and first-principles’ approach to solving highly complex problems. As a focus amongst a number of areas, Steuart works closely with Ben in developing the performance, VPP and optimisation software FormFlow.

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Robby Boyd

Junior Naval Architect

BEng (Hons)

Robby is an enthusiastic Naval Architect and Yacht Designer. Originally from Lymington, sailing has always been his passion and he brings his extensive experience of the sport and attention to detail to his Naval Architecture role at BRYD.

With his love of sailing, it was a natural progression to study Yacht and Powercraft Design at Solent University, where he gained a First Class Honours Bachelor of Engineering degree. Additionally, Robby’s involvement in various performance yacht refits, as well as being a boat captain on an IC37 racing yacht gives him a practical understanding of design.

As a youth dinghy sailor, Robby competed in the Laser class, resulting in 5th place at the Under-19 Standard Laser Euros. His extensive yacht racing experience encompasses many roles, from trimming to helming to bowman. Most recently this has been trimming on the IC37, but it also includes running two Etchells youth teams, where he had been first youth at the Etchells nationals and Europeans, as well as winning the Sir Kenneth Preston Trophy at the RYS. Robby is also a keen match racer and enjoys sailing within a team.
 
Robby brings a lot of practical experience from working in the industry that, with his academic knowledge, gives him a well-rounded understanding of the design process to translate the client’s ideas to a final design.

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Megan Brickwood

Project Manager

BA (Hons)

Megan works part time as a project manager for BRYD whilst also training in the British Sailing Team. She aims to compete and medal at the 2024 Paris Olympics in the 49erFX, of which she helms.

Megan has grown up surrounded by boats, fascinated constantly with how to make them faster and perform at the top level. She has been a part of the RYA Squad Program since the age of 11, winning the 420 Worlds in 2011 and medalling at various Junior and Open European and World Championships in the 420 and 470. She switched from crewing dinghy’s to helming the 49er FX in 2016.

 

Megan studied at the University of Southampton balancing sailing and studies, graduating in 2016 and then committing to being a full-time athlete. Growing up in Hamble and being a part of a family engrossed by sailing has always allowed Megan to fully immerse herself in the world of sailing.

Megan brings her knowledge of Olympic Campaigning to BRYD, helping to structure and organise the exciting projects BRYD has going on.

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