The last week of 2014 was very much a blast from the past as DeckHardware sponsored the Manly Junior National Titles. I also volunteered my time to be on the Protest Committee for the regatta. It was fantastic to see so many young sailors on the water enjoying a class that teaches Spinnaker work at such a young age.
I first sailed a Manly Junior on Narrabeen Lake with Nathan Wilmot as my skipper. I was 5 and he was 6 apparently, I don’t remember that but do remember sailing with him hahaha. We were way too small but both of us came from Sailing families and had already done a fair bit of sailing so it was time to give it a go. Once we got the hang of things our parents took us to our club that has remained a big part of our Sailing lives: Middle Harbour Yacht Club. We managed it a few times however when it got too windy and Nathan’s Dad James had to jump in and hike to sail home with Nathan as crew it was decided we really were too small to sail together. It was a start of so much for us. I still have friends from those early Manly Junior days and fantastic memories. This years Nationals was held on the waters where I spent my early years sailing and it was great to see the MJ fleet out on the Sound sailing in the tricky conditions that grow and nurture amazing sailors.
Congratulations to all involved in the Manly Junior Nationals. I was so impressed by your setup and organisation as well as the attitudes of everyone there. Such a fantastic atmosphere.
What a year 2014 has been, DeckHardware has had an incredible year. We would like to thank you all for a fantastic 2014. It has been an extremely busy year for the DeckHardware Team both on and off the water. The Sydney Sailboat Expo is looking to make 2015 an even more exciting year for us and we look forward to seeing you all in April. We wish you all a wonderful 2015 and look forward to following all the Regatta action over the next few weeks in particular.
Well that was 2014. I over committed and started on a bigger journey than I had ever dreamed. It tested me more than I would have liked and at times was very unkind. Yet at the same time it challenged my way of thinking and what to believe, pushing me to open doors and take a leap of faith. So here’s to a 2015 full of fun, adventure, excitement, success and new directions. Most importantly let 2015 be a year of better health and laughter. No more liver issues, joints under control so I can bring back the tough sailor chick I used to be and get back out on the water for some fun and laughs.
Happy New Year Everyone and thank you for being part of the journey and the great sport of sailing.