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See Ron Holland in S.F. or Sausalito

An event coming up this week escaped inclusion our May Calendar, but we hope this mention will get to you in time to attend a special event at Spaulding Marine Center in Sausalito this Thursday, May 10, 7-9 p.m. That’s when naval architect Ron Holland will be on hand to promote his new book, All the Oceans – Designing by the Seat of My Pants.

You’ll have two chances to see yacht designer Ron Holland this week.


Holland is a bona fide legend in the sailing world — one of the most prolific and influential naval architects ever to put pen to paper. He grew up in New Zealand, showed a flair for design early on, and drew the lines of his first boat at age 18. In 1968, he came to the Bay Area and apprenticed with Gary Mull. In 1973, he sailed the self-designed 24-ft Eygthene to a win of the Quarter Tonner Cup. In 1974, at age 27, he hung out his shingle as an independent designer based in Ireland.

In the next 40 years (and counting), the stream of racing boats that emerged from the offices of Ron Holland Design carried its own brand of shock and awe. To name just a few: Golden Apple; Regardless; Morning Cloud; the 40-ft Imp, which won pretty much everything in 1977; the 1983 Transpac winner Charley; and the splendid 80-ft maxi Condor.

The 40-ft IOR Imp, homeport San Francisco, was launched in 1977. She and her crew survived 1979’s notorious Fastnet Race, which was deadly to sailors and yachts alike.

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He also drew the lines of many cruising-oriented yachts, including several boats in the Swan line. In more recent years, Ron has turned some of his attention to superyacht design, and currently holds the record for the largest single-masted yacht currently sailing, the 247-ft Mirabella V, launched in 2003. This boat is so big her 290-ft rig would not fit under the Golden Gate Bridge.

The sloop Mirabella V, which Wikipedia says is the largest single-masted yacht ever built, is pictured here at rest in the Cyclades in 2008.

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Holland’s appearance is being organized by Mary Crowley’s Ocean Voyages Institute. Following Ron’s introduction of the book, he and Mary will discuss a subject near and dear to both their hearts: marine ecology and the importance of cleaning up the oceans. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of All the Oceans will be donated to Project Kaisei Ocean Cleanup, an initiative of Ocean Voyages Institute dedicated to the cleanup of plastics and other trash in the world’s oceans.

In addition to his appearance at Spaulding, Holland will address this Wednesday’s Yachting Luncheon at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. Members of all yacht clubs are welcome to attend. Buffet lunch starts at 11:45 a.m., with the program beginning at 12:30 p.m.

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  1. Elizabeth McCormack nee Mosley 5 years ago

    Hi Ron.
    I remember sitting next to you in F2 and all those boats you drew in your exercise books. So enjoy reading of your achievements. I too went on to enjoy my sailing probably influenced a little you. Would be great to catch up sometime.

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There’s so much crap on my boat that taking it all out, piling it on deck, then shoving it below again reminds me of a posse of clowns getting out of a VW Bug at the circus.
There’s often a lot of bluster about growing sailing, so it’s a welcome sight to see a new community program join the Bay Area’s collection of dedicated sailing programs.