Beyond his designing some of the world’s fastest, most successful race boats and elegant, large cruising yachts, one of the things we most appreciate about naval architect Ron Holland is his simple love of sailing. This shines through clearly when someone with his sailing pedigree continues to participate in weekend PHRF racing aboard his own bright-red Coronado 25, Kia Aura, and, most recently, in the Vancouver, BC, Leukemia Cup Regatta.
As Ron explained, in the racing shot above, “The outboard was down because we found we were in the wrong starting area and had to hustle to the correct one and be ready for the downwind start.” Being on the water is the first and most important thing.
The Kia Aura crew of Laura Fuge from NZ on the helm, Ron Holland from NZ/BC on spinny, plus Chris Barker (foredeck), Susan Fielder, and Chris Hilsden, all from Canada, were racing in the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club Leukemia Cup last month. It’s just another way of having a good time with friends and supporting a good cause while keeping it simple aboard a California-built ‘plastic classic’ from the ’70s.