Just a little excited as I have two more sleeps before I head to Europe as it has been a HECTIC month. We have not made the trip to METS for a couple of years due to the cost and time of year being the busiest time for DeckHardware. It is pretty hard to get away when the sailing season is in full swing. Sadly I will actually miss a Grade 3 Match Racing event too. It is always great to catch up though with all our suppliers and see what is happening in the industry.
METS as it is known is the trade show for the marine industry. It really is an incredible few days and a very busy few days. If you have not heard of it before here is a little more detail:
The world’s largest marine equipment trade show
METS, 18-19-20 November 2014 in Amsterdam RAI, is the only international B2B exhibition for the marine leisure industry. It’s the perfect place to forge profitable relationships and it showcases new product launches by 1,345 exhibitors from over 40 countries. Far more than just an exhibition, METS combines new products, seminars and unrivalled networking opportunities for visitors to connect across countries, technologies and industry sectors.
This year the International Sailing Summit is also happening in Amsterdam the day before METS! I am extremely excited to be able to attend this as it is something I have wanted to do for some time. The program looks great for this years event! Since deciding to put together the Sydney Sailboat Expo attending has become even more important. I have always volunteered a lot of my time to supporting and promoting the sport of sailing. It is something I feel very strongly about as I feel extremely lucky to have been brought up in the sailing community.
Speaking of community, you are probably wondering why I am flying a week early to Europe at our busiest time of year. Before I head to Amsterdam I am flying into Frankfurt to see some very special people. Two of my old crew from when I owned Animus!!!! Marty and Marlene now live in Germany with their three children. Whilst I am there we are celebrating their eldest’s 7th birthday. I can not wait to see them and spend some time with them. I have been told we have a big few days of German traditions ahead and no doubt Marlene and I will spend hours talking and catching up. I was lucky enough to have a visit from Marty and their eldest earlier in the year when they visited Australia. It has been several years now since I last saw Marlene and I can not wait to see her and catch up!
It is a very busy three weeks ahead. I will try and do a few extra blog posts to keep you all up to date! When I get back from Europe I have two days to get over some jet lag before I get out on the water to do some umpiring once again.