“I wake up sometimes and think ‘I can’t believe this is my life’. I love what I do. There is nothing better.” Ron Holland
A TWIST OF FATE
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Ron Holland’s love for sailing began at an early age. Ron’s father, wanting the best for him, bought Ron a sailing dinghy for his 7th birthday. Ron recalls feeling upset because he really wanted a rowing dinghy, not a sailing dinghy. Ron was afraid the dinghy would tip over. Sure enough, on their first trip out on the water the boat capsized, and a local fisherman picked up a terrified Ron and brought him to shore.
“That little ‘P’ class dinghy was the same kind that all the Olympians and world-class New Zealand yachtsmen of that generation started out on. It was a famous little boat!”
His father must have had some foresight because only a year later Ron and his family moved to the east coast and Ron developed an almost feverish passion for sailing. Ron became submerged in the local sailing community.