April 4, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Ron Holland Design
“All The Oceans, Designing by the seat of my pants”, Named 2018 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist
Vancouver, BC—Today, Ron Holland Design is pleased to announce that “All The Oceans, Designing by the seat of my pants”, has been recognized as a finalist in the 21st annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.
As part of its mission to discover, review, and share the best books from university and independent publishers, Foreword Magazine, Inc. hosts an annual awards program each year. Finalists represent the best books published in 2018. After more than 2,000 individual titles spread across 56 genres were submitted for consideration, the list of finalists was determined by Foreword’s editorial team. Winners will be decided by an expert team of booksellers and librarians—representing Foreword’s readership—from across the country.
“Determining the INDIES Finalists is such a rewarding process,” said Victoria Sutherland, founder/publisher of Foreword Reviews. “Each year we are reminded what a vital part of publishing indie presses occupy, and knowing what the recognition could mean to an individual book inspires us to provide our finalist judges with the best choices to help them determine the winners. We take this privilege very seriously.”
“We are honoured that our title has been selected as Finalist” said Ron Holland of Ron Holland Design. “Our Book Creation Team is honoured to have “All The Oceans” selected as INDIES Book of the year Finalist representing the best books published in 2018.”
‘Say yes to every opportunity that comes your way,’ says Ron Holland
“…..his story reads like a cascade of adventures, as he sails the world over—Cuba, the Isle of Wight, Tahiti— along the way winning the Quarter Ton Cup in 1973 with Eygthene in St. Petersburg, Florida. He’d noticed he was perhaps “one of three people who designed, owned, and skippered their own design.”
His victory at the Quarter Ton Cup got him a phone call from Ireland—and an invitation to come design for a businessman and yachtsman there, presumably for a few days. He ended up staying for 40 years, opening a design studio in Kinsale……..”
Read the full story at EPOCH TIMES – BY CHANNALY PHILIPP
“Long before Merlin and Imp, Blondie and Condor — and Charley,The Wizard, Morning Cloud, Santa Cruz 27s/50s/70s, Regardless, Fast Is Fun, Mirabella V, the Chicken Coop, half the Swan lineup in the ’80s and ’90s and, well, everything else — Ron Holland and Bill Lee were just two young guys having fun and hoping to make a career in the marine industry. “
Looking for a nice Christmas present? How about Ron Holland’s book “All The Oceans”. Ron Holland drew his first yacht at 19 years of age. He rapidly made a name for himself as one of the most successful and sought-after designers in the highly competitive world of international ocean racing. Ron designed the 1973 Quarter Ton Cup (Weymouth) winning 1/4 tonner ‘Eygthene’ and the 1977 Quarter Ton Cup (Helsinki) winning 1/4 tonner ‘Manzanita’. A great book!
Holland grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, where, he recalls, every family had a boat – the majority of them built right at home – to sail Harukai Gulf and the Firth of Themes.
By 15, he was crewing on yachts, and competing in races and regattas, and made the 1,000-mile journey from Auckland to Sydney, Australia aboard at 236-foot ketch. He became an apprentice boat builder.
In 1966 – at the age of 18 – he received his first design commission, which led to more, and he traveled to San Francisco as a Trainee Naval Architect, under celebrated yacht designer Gary Mull.
Holland arrived in St. Petersburg in 1972, accepting a job with Charley Morgan, whose Morgan Yachts was one of the most successful design and construction companies in the States. He became a well-known figure out the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, and in his memoir he recalls the organization “was primarily a social club but they also had a good racing organization … I spent most weekends racing around the magnificent Tampa Bay and Gulf of Mexico aboard a variety of yachts.”
It was here that Holland designed the first of his legendary vessels – a 24-foot racing boat called a “quarter tonner.” Called Eygthene, the scrappy little yacht was built for approximately $6,000.
From All the Oceans: “I drew a deep breath and approached senior members of the yacht club committee with a proposal that they organize an event that would showcase the Quarter-Ton class on Tampa Bay: a level-rating event, a true test of the relative merits of the yachts. Considering I was not even a member of the club – and a New Zealander to boot – was probably asking a bit much.