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RON HOLLAND

Ron Holland of Ron Holland Design

“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.

A RACE TO SKETCH

By the age of 15, Ron was a well-known crew member of several successful yachts. One of which was the 36 foot ketch Aloha on which he sailed from Auckland to Sydney, a journey of over 1,000 miles.
His experiences lead to an apprenticeship with boat builder Keith Atkinson through the Auckland Technical Institute. While there, two teachers recognized a budding designer in his drawing abilities. With their support, Ron’s focus shifted from boat building to boat designing.
Ron was only 18 when he received his first commission to design a 26 foot yacht for a fellow student. The success of the first yacht led to additional commissions.
In 1968 Ron had an opportunity to go to San Francisco where he soon found employment as a Trainee Naval Architect with celebrated American yacht designer, Gary Mull. Through Mull he was introduced to some of the top sailors in California and began crewing with some of the best yachters of that time.

“In those days racing was my obsession. I always had the next regatta in mind.”

Racing became second nature to Ron. He used his experience to design and build his own quarter tonner – Eygthene. After winning the Quarter-Ton Regatta in St. Petersburg with Eygthene, word of his design skills began to spread. Not long after Ron opened his own design studio in Kinsale, Ireland.

TODAY AND BEYOND

Ron’s innovative designs have repeatedly shaken up the world of sailing. Today Ron Holland is the world’s leading yacht designer and creator of a new generation of 100ft plus performance superyachts.
In 2014, Ron will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Ron Holland Design. The industry has changed immensely over the past four decades. As a designer Ron strives to stay ahead of the curve. He’s always looking for the latest innovation.
To Ron, that’s the joy of it. To take what starts as a sketch on a sheet of paper, and turn it into a luxurious, high performance work of art – well, there is nothing better. And with each new design Ron’s commitment pays off at that exquisite moment when one of his designs hits the water for the very first time.

That’s why, to this day, Ron continues to create some of the fastest, most luxurious, and stunning yachts on the water – boats with ultra-modern technologies, and just the right touch of tradition.
Today, Ron’s studio is based in beautiful Vancouver, Canada in the historic district of Granville Island. Ron is dedicated to working closely with present and returning clients, and regularly travels the globe for a variety of projects. It is not unusual to find him traveling from Canada to France to Ireland, back to France and then on to the Caribbean in a single month. But that’s all part of life in the world of modern yacht design.