I did it! I have started up my own company all about the promotion of sailing. The new company is called Animus Productions Pty Ltd which is named after my Adams 10m “Animus”. I have been asked often about the meaning to me behind the name Animus. My grandfather was an amazing person living a simply HUGE life both at work and at play. Those who knew him will laugh when I mention the at play because boy did he! He was The Big Boss at Tip Top Australia when I was growing up and I spend a great deal of time running around his office, the board room and the factory. He had the best work ethic I have seen and it is clearly something members of my family have inherited including my Mum and I. He also played hard and when I was born owned a fantastic Ocean Racer called Defiance. Defiance was the Original S&S 30, yes THE Original. With a blue hull and fantastic looking spinnaker design she was a, hmmm well many in the family had different names for her hahaha. Many of you may remember in the 80’s the Tip Top Australia Ads featuring Sailing the sport he loved. Like my family now he did what he could to promote and support the sport of sailing, even having a secret bread made for those doing the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race made for the offshore conditions.
When the opportunity came for me to purchase a yacht at the age of 22 my grandfather gave me his full support and in return I decided to name my new boat as a reflection of this. Animus was born after a lengthy search in thesaurus’ to find another word for Defiance. In fact the meaning we found was Strength, Will and Defiance which we figured was a great fit being such a young female skipper in a class like the Adams 10m. Now many years later I find myself once again stepping out of my comfort zone and doing what I believe in. Promoting the sport of Sailing that I love. The love I inherited from my family, I was lucky to be born into Sailing.
After well over a year of discussions with those who dropped by the DeckHardware warehouse it was decided to hold a meeting about putting together something like the RYA Dinghy Show. A couple of meetings later and some lengthy research and discussions have taken place that have led me here. Along with my Mum and good friend Locky Pryor we have launched the Sydney Sailboat Expo.
The Sydney Sailboat Expo will be held for the first time in 2015. Venue and Dates (2-3 May 2015) to be confirmed in the near future.
The Sydney Sailboat Expo is a meeting place for Sailors, those interested in becoming Sailors and the Sailing Trade Industry catch up with each other and learn more about the sport of sailing.
To be held over a weekend in 2015 showcasing the very best in Sailing. With the Latest Products for sailors on show, a wide range of classes on display and workshops on topics such as Splicing, Boat Maintenance, Sailing Fitness and more.
What an exciting time as well as being busy the next few months will be!