Falmouth-based superyacht builder and refitter Pendennis recently hosted a presentation by the internationally-renowned yacht designer Ron Holland.
After designing his first boat over 40 years ago in New Zealand, Holland’s enthusiasm for sailing combined with a natural technical understanding has enabled his career to flourish over the years, making him one of the world’s most sought after and respected yacht designers.
The talk, held in Pendennis’ Marine Skills Centre, provided a fascinating overview of the broad range of vessels that he has been involved with, most famously Mirabella V the world’s largest ever single-masted yacht at just over 75m. Holland has been involved in several new builds at Pendennis, the latest being ‘Christopher’ a 46m performance cruising ketch which is due to be launched later this year.
Inspiring for employees of Pendennis and visitors alike, the presentation was a refreshing insight into a career in yacht design that developed not from courses or official training but from a passion for sailing that stems back to childhood. Now this passion continues as he creates vessels that are a clever balance of classic design and modern technology, always focused on balancing performance with client needs and vision.
The evening raised money for the RNLI, which Holland has supported throughout his career in the marine industry. Due to the success of the event, Pendennis is also planning another talk at the Falmouth Poly later this year.