The 2015 Sailing Season has certainly taken over my world. With Match Racing and Youth Events taking over my weekends and some weekdays! It certainly is all keeping me extremely busy as well as meaning I get to enjoy the great outdoors that we have to offer here in Sydney. I just worked on my Calendar up to Christmas and realized at one point I am doing three events back to back! That is not even at the peak Regatta time over Christmas!
Last weekend was the Australian Women’s Match Racing Championships and this weekend the NSW Youth Champs just as an example of how busy it is. Then throw in the fact there has been a big announcement in my life – Global sailing charity establishes new committee in Australia! The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation now has a committee and ambassadors set up in Australia.
The Australian Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation Team: I will chair the committee alongside Anthony Nossiter, Freddy Blencke, Marita Wilmot and Beau Outteridge. Ambassadors are Olympic Gold Medalists, Nathan Outteridge, Iain Jensen, Tom Slingsby and Nathan Wilmot and Sailors Lisa Darmanin, Luke Parkinson, Haylee Outteridge, Joel Turner, Dave Gimour, Laura Baldwin and writer Blue Robinson. With more names yet to be added.
Those who have followed my blog for some time will note that Anthony Nossiter a good friend of Bart’s is on the committee with me and that I have mentioned that surname before when talking about my sailing and sailing on Sirius the Adams 10m. I have often said Sailing is one big family and a lifestyle we live. Putting together the team for Australia certainly showed this. Besides the fact that there are two families with more than one person involved, many of us have known each other for 20+ years and have a strong connection with Bart who was from another country that is a Long – Haul flight away. Sailing can be pretty special at times and being involved in something like this reminds me how much so.
I might be busy but it certainly is an enjoyable busy. Here are some photos from Bart’s Bash that happened a few weeks ago around the world. I spent the day at Woollahra Sailing Club having a fantastic time with great people.
For something different I have had a bit on recently. With the juggling act I have been doing I wanted to increase my knowledge to be able to do it better and more efficiently! In the past few weeks I have attended a 2 day Umpire Seminar, Website and Marketing workshop, Child Safe Seminar, plus the usual work and conference calls that go on.
Big thanks to the Warringah Chamber of Commerce who put together some great training sessions. Being part of the Chamber has certainly been worthwhile especially when it comes to growing knowledge for small businesses. It sometimes isn’t easy to find the money or funds to further your education so their support is very worthwhile!
It is great to stretch the mind and learn new things. The Child Safe Seminar was something I wanted to do with everything going on at the moment in my life. It certainly was an eye opener and we are lucky to have a government department taking such great care to do these seminars. It was emotionally draining as you can imagine but I am glad I have now done it. If you are in a position that is responsible for the care of children I highly recommend taking the time to do this.
Yesterday after the Child Safe Seminar I had a meeting in the city for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation’s Australian Committee. I decided after the slightly emotional morning that a ferry into the city would be the best option to destress and relax a little. How lucky are we in Sydney to have that option! Even though it was raining and South Head was barely visible as we came out of Manly it put me at ease. Being on the water does that.
Winter is certainly now here so this weekend I am going to try to relax and catch up on some cleaning and sorting myself out with work. As next weekend I will be heading to QLD for the Australian School Teams Racing Championships followed by Queensland Youth Week! Time to get a bit more organised so I can keep up with everything going on. Lots of opportunities that have been amazing have crossed my path this past year and despite getting busier I just could not say no to such moments.
The very first Sydney Sailboat Expo has been and gone. Check out the news story on the very first Expo! I still can not believe how fast this time has gone. It is several weeks since the Expo and I am now looking toward next year! The highlight for me was the support from friends and the industry for the event. To have a surprise visit from Iain Percy to help spread the word of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation in Australia was fantastic. I am looking forward to the impact the Foundation will have not only on world wide sailing but Australian Sailing and am proud to be involved in this.
Now that the Expo has happened life has semi returned to normal! Well I am on catch up and recovery mode. I managed to spend three days umpiring at the NSW Secondary Schools Teams Racing Championships this past week. Always great to get out there and see the up and coming generation of sailors! I love the tactics and rules in Teams Racing and Match Racing. The thinking game of our sport is something I really enjoy.
Now don’t be too shocked. I am actually thinking of taking a couple of days off to really recover from the hectic few months that have passed. I am extremely lucky to have some amazing supporters behind the scenes. Now it is time to recharge the batteries a little and stop to think about what has been achieved and is still yet to be achieved.