Ron Holland grew up obsessing about yachts, sailing ships and crossing oceans, an obsession that so seriously interfered with schooling he failed to pass School Certificate – twice.
Despite that, few would have predicted that he’d not only become one of the top IOR yacht designers worldwide, but also become one of the world’s premier superyacht designers.
All The Oceans details Holland’s inspirational journey from his boyhood sailing adventures, his teenage ocean crossings, his shoestring yacht design that won a World Championship, the tumultuous years at the top of the IOR scene, his production boats and his latter career designing superyachts.
Throughout the book, Holland’s approach to seizing life’s opportunities stands out. Whenever he was asked if he could do something – a sailing opportunity or a yacht design – the answer was always “Yes”. Figuring out how would come later it’s proof – once again – attitude and passion can take someone a very long way.
As a book, All The Oceans is a magnificent, quality production and extraordinary value for money. Besides being easily readable, Holland’s text is excellently supported by numerous quality photos and drawings.
Grab yourself a copy while you can and prepared to be inspired.
Review by John Macfarlane