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Southampton marine students show off their boat-making skills at the Boat Show
A group of students studying at City College’s marine centre showcased their boat-making skills at the PSP Southampton Boat Show.
Dressed in overalls, the team sanded down the tender boat outside the college’s stand at this year’s event.
Danielle Thomas, 17, was one of the boat makers.
She said: “I really enjoy boat building at the college – it’s really good here. The college helps me develop my skills.
“I also race 420 boats. I started sailing when I was nine and hopefully next year I will be on 470s.
“It’s exciting and you get to meet new people.”
Tom Demuth, marine centre manager at the college, said the students receive key boat-making and employment skills throughout their studies.
He said: “The boat was made at the college by our first year students.
“They are developing their skills very quickly and it is giving them confidence.”
The event was a chance for Sarah Stannard, the new principal at the college, to watch her students put their newly-acquired skills to the test.
She said: “For me the marine skills centre is one of the special things about the college and it shows we are offering the right skills.
“I have done some sanding in my time but they are a lot better than me!”
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