In a long and successful career, Ron Holland has seen many of his creations launched, from America’s Cup yachts to Whitbread yachts to superyachts. Now he has launched a book, All The Oceans: Designing by the seat of my pants, recounting his life as a leading yacht designer.
“I did not pursue what is now considered the traditional way to become a yacht designer,” he says. “Always fascinated by voyages of exploration under sail, a natural talent for drawing and a three-year apprenticeship in a wood boat fabrication shop laid the foundation for me to strike out on my own. Without hesitation, I grasped every opportunity that came my way.
Friends, clients, crew-mates and colleagues came to a function at the Quaterdeck in the RNZYS to celebrate the launching of his book – now on sale at the RNZYS Retail Store – were tales were exchanged and the usual toast raised.