Please select your home edition
Edition
Predictwind - Iridium

Ron Holland’s praise for Queensland’s Gold Coast

by Bob Wonders on 18 May 2011
Superyacht 'guru' Ron Holland held the crowd spellbound at the Southport Yacht Club's Marine Industry Luncheon. - Ron Holland Bob Wonders

Internationally renowned superyacht designer Ron Holland could easily find a job promoting the Queensland Gold Coast after stating it was simply a matter of informing the world of its 'natural beauty'.

'Most superyacht owners tend to cruise the Mediterranean and Caribbean waters, but they are looking for alternative areas and this is a great opportunity to promote this wonderful Gold Coast region,' he added.


Ron Holland was speaking to a group of marine industry professionals at the annual Marine Industry Luncheon held at the Southport Yacht Club.

He is in Australia as a guest of Superyacht Base Australia and will be attending the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (May 19-22).

Although Ron made his reputation designing sailboats, these days he makes his money designing powerboats.

However, it should be pointed out that when Ron Holland says 'powerboats' he means $10 million-plus motor yachts!

According to Ron, the superyacht industry was severely battered during the global financial ‘meltdown’, which he said had produced 'very testing times' for the world’s ship builders.

However, he believes the superyacht industry is beginning to rebound.

'My company is certainly engaged in more projects now than it was, say, six months ago,' he said.

The Auckland-born, Ireland-based designer has been responsible for some of the world’s most astonishing vessels, among them ‘Mirabella V’, a massive 75-metre (247ft) creation that is recognised as the largest, single-masted sailboat in the world.


Another of his world-renowned designs is ‘Marco Polo’, a 45-metre (147ft) trans-oceanic motor yacht.

Always a man before his time, Ron Holland some 25-years ago was responsible for the design of the maxi yacht ‘Condor’, at the time acknowledged as the most technologically advanced racing yacht in the world.

World championships, numerous classic offshore races, including the Sydney-Hobart and Fastnet races, have all been run and won with Ron Holland designs.

The 64-year-old designer certainly started young; he began competitive sailing when 8-years-old and designed his first sailboat when just 19-years-old.

Now I hope none of our New Zealand readers will take me to task on this, but in 1973 Ron designed a boat which went on to win the Quarter Ton Cup; the boat’s name was ‘Eyghtene’, a pun on the alleged New Zealand pronunciation of ‘eighteen.’

The success of this vessel was the catalyst that led Ron Holland to establish his design studio in Ireland.

A prominent Irish businessman, Hugh Coveney, commissioned Ron Holland to design a One-Ton Class yacht; it was christened ‘Golden Apple’ and enjoyed considerable success.

Ron’s clients obviously liked precious metals; ‘Golden Apple’ was followed by ‘Golden Leprechain’, ‘Silver Shamrock’ and Golden Delicious’.

For a dash of history that many Australian yachtsmen will relate to, one of Ron Holland’s designs, for the English firm Camper and Nicholson, is still recognised today as the Nicholson 33, often seen on local waterways.

Former English Prime Minister, Edward Heath, was another to call on Ron Holland’s expertise for his vessel ‘Morning Cloud’, while other Holland creations well known in Australia include maxi Sydney-Hobart veterans ‘Kialoa’ and ‘Condor’.

The Ron Holland story could fill a book (it quite possible has), but it’s far from over.

Ron has no intentions of sitting back and superyacht fans worldwide can count on more amazing vessels to hail from the Ron Holland drawing board.

Southern Spars - 100Ancasta Ker 33 660x82Helm Events 660x82

Related Articles

Meet the 2017-18 crew - Mike Kidwell
It’s nine months before the start of the race so I suppose it’s not dissimilar to waiting for a baby – both can be wet “It’s nine months before the start of the race so I suppose it’s not dissimilar to waiting for a baby – both can be wet, cold and miserable, but equally fun, warm and enjoyable!” says Mike Kidwell, a 63-year-old Business Developer from Queensland who is taking part in the full circumnavigation in the 2017-18 edition of the race.
Posted today at 7:39 am
Vendee Globe - Spirit of Yukoh has dismasted
Kojiro Shiraishi informed everyone at 0230 UTC today (Sunday) that his mast had broken above attachment for small jib. Kojiro Shiraishi informed everyone at 0230 UTC today (Sunday) that his mast had broken above the attachment for the small jib. The Japanese sailor is not in danger and is busy trying to set up a jury rig. Kojiro is fine and in contact with his shore team to judge the extent of the damage and to determine whether it is possible to continue the race. He is safely heading for Cape Town.
Posted today at 5:49 am
The Bridge – The Queen Mary – Essence of historical transatlantic race
The Bridge has invited the Queen Mary 2 to take part in an ocean challenge in a race against a fleet of giant trimarans On 2nd December, the press conference for the official launch of The Bridge was held in the prestigious setting of the Salle Turenne at the Hôtel des Invalides. The Bridge, a unique, festive, maritime, cultural and popular event, will take place from June 15th until the beginning of July 2017, in Nantes, Saint-Nazaire and New York.
Posted on 3 Dec
The Bridge – The Queen Mary – Essence of historical transatlantic race
The Bridge has invited the Queen Mary 2 to take part in an ocean challenge in a race against a fleet of giant trimarans On 2nd December, the press conference for the official launch of The Bridge was held in the prestigious setting of the Salle Turenne at the Hôtel des Invalides. The Bridge, a unique, festive, maritime, cultural and popular event, will take place from June 15th until the beginning of July 2017, in Nantes, Saint-Nazaire and New York.
Posted on 3 Dec
Tour de France à la voile to celebrate its 40th edition in 2017
Eight classes have served on the TFV since 1978, always based on the same principle : one-design. French sailing legends like Eric Tabarly, Michel Desjoyeaux, Jean-Pierre Dick, and more recently Franck Cammas, François Gabart, Armel Le Cléac’h and Loïck Peyron have all played a role in the history of this race, that became one of the biggest summer sporting events.
Posted on 3 Dec
RORC Transatlantic Race – Maserati Multi70 now 142 miles from Grenada
Phaedo3 sailed past the final waypoint at Grenada last night at 01.49 GMT to take multihull (MOCRA) line honours Phaedo3 sailed past the final waypoint at Grenada last night at 01.49 GMT (21.49 local time, 02.49 in Italy) to take multihull (MOCRA) line honours
Posted on 3 Dec
RORC Transatlantic Race - Day 8 - Phaedo3 victorious in Grenada
Lloyd Thornburg's American MOD70 Phaedo3 has taken Multihull Line Honours in the RORC Transatlantic Race Lloyd Thornburg's American MOD70 Phaedo3 has taken Multihull Line Honours in the RORC Transatlantic Race for the second year running. The American MOD70 completed the course in six days 13 hours 39 minutes and 55 seconds.
Posted on 3 Dec
Vendee Globe - Edmond de Rothschild makes up ground
For more than a week now, Sébastien Josse has been philosophically negotiating the weather systems For more than a week now, Sébastien Josse has been philosophically negotiating the weather systems, patiently accepting that his two closest adversaries were going to be able to steal a march on him thanks to the more favourable conditions at the head of the race.
Posted on 3 Dec
Vendée Globe – Leaders gybing along Antarctic exclusion zone + Video
The leaders in the eighth Vendée Globe are gybing along the edge of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone. The leaders in the eighth Vendée Globe are gybing along the edge of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone. Although they have only sailed 330 miles in 24h at an average speed of 13.9 knots for Alex Thomson and 13.4 knots for Armel Le Cléac’h, this has been one of the rare days when their foilers have not clocked up amazing distances. More live video from the Southern Ocean
Posted on 3 Dec
Melges 24 Worlds - Day 4 - Tricky conditions paid off for Bombarda
Trickier conditions with light breeze from 040° that filled in only in afternoon, forced Race Committee to raise AP flag The trickier conditions of today, with a light breeze from 040° that filled in only in the afternoon, forced the Race Committee to raise AP flag until 2.50pm, moment when the fleet was eventually given the preparatory signal and allowed to sail the first and only race of the day.
Posted on 3 Dec