Former superyacht deckhand Alex Boulton has been presented with The John William Slater Award for outstanding achievement in Officer of the Watch Unlimited studies 2016.
Mr Boulton, aged 27, from Shrewsbury, recently gained his officer qualifications from Warsash Maritime Academy, with the help from the Nautilus Slater Fund. He received the award for his ‘tremendous efforts’ in completing the course with four distinctions and one merit.
Lars Lippuner, Director of Warsash Superyacht Academy said: “Alex impressed staff with his academic performance and exam success on what is a challenging 27 weeks of study. We are equally pleased that his efforts have been rewarded with a second officer position on board a 107 metre vessel.”
Surprised and chuffed to be singled out for this outstanding achievement, Mr Boulton said: “It was a fantastic course at Warsash and the support I received from the Slater Fund, Marine Society and tutors was incredible. It really gave me the impetus to apply myself and work hard to achieve the results I got.”
After qualifying in July 2016, he took up the position as second officer on board the 107metre motor vessel Ulysses.
“This is a great job and my future plans are to work towards my chief mate certificate and then ultimately at some stage Master Mariner,” he said.