John Macfarlane’s Review

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
New Zealand

Renowned yacht designer Ron Holland grew up in New Zealand, surrounded by vast blue water and fuelled by an insatiable curiosity

Oceans Magazine  reviews All The Oceans, February 2018

He dreamed of crossing oceans and exploring the world. From a troubled childhood to his rise to fame in the sailing world, Ron Holland’s real life journey would take him far beyond his wildest imaginings.

Ron Holland’s memoir, All The Oceans, follows the trajectory of a small-town lad with a keen sense of adventure who has traversed the oceans to finds himself on the cutting edge of superyacht design. This autobiographical story gives a valuable insight into Ron’s combination of talent and zest for adventure.

Ron is a pioneer of superyacht design who pushed boundaries and forged a new path for himself.

“Really not much in my life was planned. It was saying yes to the next opportunity”, says Ron Holland, reflecting on his incredible experiences.

Ron Holland drew his first yacht at 19 years of age. He started out racing small dinghies and went on to win races at an international level, sailing his own designs.

The book details his rapid rise as one of the most successful and sought-after designers in the highly competitive world of international ocean racing, before moving to bigger designs. Already one of the most celebrated yacht designers, Ron’s seminal influence on the growing industry of superyachts brought him fresh success, and an introduction him to a world of interesting personalities, including business tycoons, royalty and rock stars.

Stuart Woods, Author of 50 NYT bestselling novels, was enthralled by Ron’s story. “Ron Holland’s All The Oceans is exciting from page one; it pulls the reader through the pages, cheering Ron on all the way. An amazing life story from one of the world’s greatest yacht designers!”

His story spans over 50 years, where Holland has developed unique relationships with his international clients, allowing him an intimate view of social and economic trends during the early days of the new millennium.

He has designed some of the industry’s most famous yachts. One of Holland’s most ambitious designs Mirabella V, now M5, holds the record for the world’s tallest single mast – an astonishing 90 metres tall.

With a foreword by Rupert Murdoch, All The Oceans is an engrossing read exploring the life of one of the industry’s true trail-blazers.

His fearlessness and willingness to explore unknown territory make this a compelling saga and an engaging tale of success in a new frontier.