Ron was in town last week. That is Ron Holland, one of the most talented Yacht Designer in the world. We go back something like 45 years. First, I met him at the Tower, the Carter Offshore office; submarine observation look out for U. Boats during WW11. At the time Dick Carter was at the top of the rarified world of yacht design and we always had a string of visitors and clients. Subsequently, I saw him in Sardinia during the 1973 One Ton World Championship. Where Ydra, a Carter boat won. Let to be said that another upcoming young yacht designer; Doug Peterson stole the show by coming in second, but would have won the event except for a mistake in navigation.
Anyway, for Ron the occasion last week to come to Newport was two fold. One, to make the Introduction to a Film at the Jane Pickens Theatre about Warwick Tomkins aka the "Commodore", his Life at Sea; around boats and more. Ron Holland met Mr Tompkins in 1968 when he landed at San francisco. The second reason, to reveal by the same Filmaker Oleg Harencar the trailer of a Documentary about Ron himself. He is also working on a book.
After living a long time in Ireland, this son of New-Zealand has recently moved to Vancouver. B.C. He was on his way to Europe so, I guess he position himself to be half way either ways.
The day before that film event, at the Clarke Cooke House where is held in the winter the bi-monthly meeting with drinks in hands for the local people involved in the Boat Industry we are together with Ron, Jennifer Steward and another very good Designer; Ted Fontaine.
Daniel Forster, no introduction needed is in the middle of the first photo above.