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    Media contact: Malcolm McLaren-Clark Tel: 01798 865799

For immediate release…10 April 2006


Students Thwart Make Believe Smugglers in Royal Naval Challenge

Four Young Engineers from Bishops Castle Community College in the West Midlands have

    won the 16-18 age group in the final of the Royal Navy‟s „Operation Intercept‟ drug busting

    challenge, which took place at HMS Sultan in Gosport, Hants recently. Using their own

    specially constructed model vessel, „Gotcha‟, team members Rebecca McLintock (18), Ruth

    Watson (17), Rhys Jenkins (18) and Jose Tweedie (17) scooped ?600 in prize money, ?250 in

    equipment vouchers, a day at sea with the Royal Navy and a Lynx helicopter ride.

     Commenting on their success, team leader Rebecca McLintock said, “We are all thrilled to

    win the challenge, but for me personally it‟s amazing, because it is my last competition before I

    leave school to go to Strathclyde University to study naval architecture.”

     Prizes were given in each of the age categories for the best performances, the best vessel

    construction and design, the best presentation, the best turned out vessel (corporate id) and the

    most titanic effort. The Community College won their age category for the best performance,

    the best design and construction and for making the best presentation. A full list of prize

    winners follows at the end of this release.



     The 14-16 age group was won by Arran Wilding, John Wade, Anthony Larencein from

    Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in Kensington with their vessel „Operation Intercept 2006‟. They received ?400 in prize money, ?100 in equipment vouchers and a day at sea with the

    Royal Navy. The same prize money was taken by Bearsden Academy students James Ritchie,

    Lain Carr, Euan Morris and Billy Liu from East Dunbartonshire, who won the 11-14 age group

    with their similarly named vessel, „Operation Intercept‟. The four also won another ?50 for

    having the best corporate identity.

     All the teams taking part had to pitch their skills against each other in intercepting make-

    believe Caribbean drug runners in collaboration with HMS Westminster and in recovering any

    booty abandoned by the would-be criminals in the chase. In the two senior age groups ages 14 to 16 and 16 to18 model vessels had to be radio controlled, whilst in the junior age group - 11

    to 14 both umbilical cord and radio controlled models were allowed. The challenge was

    mounted against the clock in three specially adapted open tanks at HMS Sultan.

     The Royal Naval Challenge, generously supported by Seavision UK, is organised every year

    by Young Engineers (, a registered charity, which operates a nationwide

    network of over 1200 active Young Engineers Clubs with more than 20,000 members. The

    organisation forms a core constituent of the Royal Academy of Engineering‟s BEST





Full List of Results:

Operation Intercept

    Group 3 (ages 16-18) winners „Gotcha‟, Bishop‟s Castle Community College ( Rebecca

    McLintock, Ruth Watson, Rhys Jenkins and Jose Tweedie); Runners-up „Stealth Cat‟, Bournemouth School ( Peter Gibbons, Mathew Hollway, Michael Pollett)

    Group 2 (ages 14-16) winners „Operation Intercept 2006‟, Cardinal Vaughan Memorial

    School, West London (Dinuka, Arran Wilding, John Wade, Anthony Laurencein); Runners up

    „HMS Drugbuster‟, Kingston Grammar School ( Chris Socha, Josh Abernethy) Group 1 ( ages 11-14) winners „Operation Intercept‟, Bearsden Academy, East

    Dunbartonshire, Scotland (James Ritchie, Lain Carr, Euan Morris, Billy Liu); Runners up

    „LCKH‟, Saddleworth School, Oldham, Lancs (Lottie Hobbs, Corinne Fowl, Kerri Worrall,

    Hannah Murphy)

Best Presentation

    Group 3 (ages 16-18) winners, The Community College, Bishop‟s Castle (team members as


    Group 2 (ages 14-16) winners ‟54 Degrees North‟, Keswick School (Andrew Messenger,

    Jamie Francis, William Bertram, Andrew Griffiths); Runners up „Victory Police‟, Lomond

    School, Scotland (Andrew Merriman, Mathew Stocks, James Broad)

    Group 1 (ages 11-14) „Drugbuster‟, Cardinal Newman School, Luton, Beds ( Tom O‟Shea,

    Kyle Addison, Stephan Brennan); Runners up „Crack-in-boat‟, Shrewsbury School (Edmund Higham, Tom Maitland, James Mainwaring)




Best Design & Construction

    Group 3 (ages 16-18) winners, The Community College, Bishop‟s Castle (team members as

    above); Runners up „Stealth Cat‟, Bournemouth School

    Group 2 (ages 14-16) winners, „HMS Drugbuster‟, Kingston Grammar School ( Chris Socha,

    Josh Abernethy); Runners up „ZENG Ogopogo‟, St Swithun‟s School, Winchester ( Emma

    Worrell, Natasha Vracas, Zoe des Clayes, Georgina Graham)

    Group 1 (ages 11-14) winners „LCKH‟, Saddleworth School, Oldham, Lancs (Lottie Hobbs, Corinne Fowl, Kerri Worrall, Hannah Murphy); Runners up „Barracuda‟, Bridgemary Community School, Gosport, Hants ( Martin Wearn, Ben Carter, Simon Gardener, Callum


Best Corporate ID

    Winners „Drugbusters‟, Bancroft School, Woodford Green, Essex (Nathan Lomas, Vesselina

    Naskinova, Melanie Smith);

    Runners up „Operation Intercept‟, Bearsden Academy, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland ( James

    Ritchie, Lain Carr, Euan Morris, Billy Liu)

Most Titanic Effort

    „Victory Police‟, Lomond School, Scotland (Andrew Merriman, Mathew Stocks, James Broad)

For further information, contact:Young Engineers, Chiltlee Manor, Liphook, Hants, GU30 7AZ

    Tel: 01428 727265; Email: or, Paul Embleton, PR Officer, Parsons Block,

    HMS Sultan, Military Road, Gosport, Hants, PO12 3BY

    Tel: 023 9254 2652; Fax: 023 9254 3178




    Notes for Editors

1. Young Engineers is the UK network of engineering clubs for youngsters and is part of

    the Royal Academy of Engineering‟s Best Programme. Young Engineers is a UK

    educational charity whose purpose is to inspire young people to recognise the

    importance and excitement of a career in engineering. Most clubs are run by teachers as

    extra-curricula activities in schools.

2. The Royal Navy offers a variety of careers for engineers. These vary from technicians

    up to professional engineers. Engineer Officers require a degree in engineering, which

    may be sponsored by the Royal Navy. They can then become a marine, weapon or air

    engineer, qualified to work on ships, submarines or aircraft.

    As part of a continuing recruitment programme for Engineer Officers, the Royal Navy

    looks for opportunities to encourage an interest in engineering amongst students of all

    ages. Young Engineers provides an ideal way of targeting keen, bright students of many

    ages. The annual Royal Navy challenge is an excellent day that showcases not only the

    ingenuity of the students‟ designs but also the range of engineering careers available in

    the Royal Navy (Tel: 08456 07 55 55 /

3. The Best Programme is the Royal Academy of Engineering‟s programme of schemes

    aimed at encouraging and enthusing students to embark upon a career in engineering.

    „Best‟ stands for „Better Engineering Science, Technology‟ and the programme offers

    young people from the age of 7 upwards opportunities to gain an understanding of

    engineering and its importance in the world around us.

4. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and

    technological welfare of the country and just last year launched the „Shape the Future‟

    campaign. The RAEng‟s fellowship – comprising the UK‟s most eminent engineers –

    provides the leadership and expertise for its activities, which focus on the relationships

    between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, the

    RAEng provides independent and impartial advice to Government; works to secure the

    next generation of engineers; and provides a voice for Britain‟s engineering community.

    5. Sea Vision UK ( is the national campaign to raise awareness and

    increase understanding of the sea, the value of the wider maritime sector and to attract

    the best young people to participate in maritime activities and careers.


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