All The Oceans; Designing by the Seat of My Pants.

Author:Sutherland, Matt
Position:Brief article - Book review

Ron Holland; ALL THE OCEANS; Ron Holland Design (Nonfiction: Sports & Recreation) 45.00 ISBN: 9781775096801

Byline: Matt Sutherland

A glimpse of the latest class of America's Cup sailboats skipping across waves at speeds up to fifty miles an hour offers a vivid reminder of how far sailboat technology has advanced since the square riggers of the Spanish Main. In fact, the new racing boats have more in common with aircraft -- look no further than Oracle Team USA's partnership with Airbus to design its 2017 America's Cup entry. Not quite so space age, but no less impressive, are the top level of super yachts, the high-seas playthings of the world's wealthiest, providing a level of privacy, security, and decadence available nowhere else on earth.

For a sense of the way these yachts are commissioned, designed, and built, sailing enthusiasts can now turn to All The Oceans: Designing by the Seat of My Pants, a memoir by legendary yacht designer Ron Holland. Holland's New Zealand beginnings were...

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