World-renowned yacht designer Ron Holland visited the NAME Ship Design class to give a talk about the soft skills that have contributed to his success. With an international career spanning New Zealand, the USA, and Ireland, Ron Holland now runs his naval architecture firm from Vancouver, BC. He is the designer of the largest single-masted sailing yacht in the world: the 75 metre vessel M5. Ron’s current commission is for a 43-metre schooner, to replace a 27-metre sloop he previously designed for this client. The talk also featured NAME Master of Engineering graduate Laura Fuge, who is now a Naval Architect at Ron Holland Design.
Mr. Holland also provided students with discounted access to his biographical book, All The Oceans – Designing by the seat of my pants. UBC Faculty member Dr. Chris McKesson describes this book as “a delightful and intimate sharing of the life of a very creative individual, showing the range of delights and dismays encountered in his career.”
Our thanks to Ron and Laura for coming by to speak to the 2021W design class!