This year has been very different for us but at the same time given time to spend on ourselves a little more. As a small business owner I have always found it hard to focus on me rather than the Business. Especially as there has been so much time, money and energy put into the growth of DeckHardware and that has been very rewarding on a personal level. It was even harder when I was balancing other jobs to fund travel overseas to grow the company. It is nice to take a step back and look at what we have achieved with a lot of hard work.
With no travel it has meant a lot of time at home and time taken to do a big cleanup of sorts. It has also meant pulling out my old keyboards to see if they still work, which they do. The next step will be seeing if my fingers bruise when I play or if they have for some reason in the last few years suddenly become ok with it. Perhaps I should avoid any Ragtime style initially just in case haha always a favourite but the quick pace is likely not going to be popular with my finger joints. I think the bongos will have to stay in the bag a little while to see what happens.
It is incredible how much technology has changed with my old mixer setup compared to one I bought more recently. I may even try to get some of my old songs off the old mixer onto current technology. Why is it when testing the sound still works, I always use a chromatic scale?
Not travelling certainly has been strange. With Lake Macquarie being the furthest I have gone which for me does not count as it has always been a favourite of mine to visit and spend time on the water. On a recent visit during the Flying 11 Nationals I took the RIB down the channel a bit from the boat ramp and had a good look at how it looks at a slow pace. All those trips through on the Adams 10’s I never really had time to think about it or look around whilst trying to stay off the bottom. It was amazing to be able to do this now, such a beautiful place.
Whilst I miss my friends overseas and miss the chance to visit different regions Suppliers are located in around METS in Amsterdam, it is nice to know we have such strong relationships built leading into this strange time.
What I am looking forward to is my next trip to the other side of the world being epic to catch up with everyone in person. Whenever that may be.
As I was in Europe for METS and the International Sailing Summit was on the day before, it was the perfect opportunity for me to attend the summit which is something I have been wanting to do. The program certainly was of interest to me especially as a young female in the Sailing Industry. I was very impressed at what was put together, the topics and speakers. Naturally everyone would have different highlights of the event. It certainly was a little scary but not surprising when we were asked to put up our hands if under 34, I did not see many hands… The gender divide is however something we are all well aware of and it was good to hear it being discussed as still this sadly can be an issue in the Industry.
This years speaker to welcome everyone was Iain Percy who had some interesting stories to tell especially on the way sailing is changing. There is no doubt that the technology and training involved at his level of sailing is incredible.
For me the highlights were Molly Winans from Spinsheet who spoke on “Changing your game plan to welcome diverse customers” with a fantastic slide show to go with it showing the reason we need to rethink the images we use for marketing. Richard Percy did a great job talking about the Bart’s Bash effect and their plans from here which were certainly great to hear. Then there was Terry Greenwood from British Cycling who showed the changes British Cycling had made and the opportunities that came from doing so. If I had to pick my top three that would be my choices. However there really were some other great topics on the day.
This year the event was live streamed which was fantastic to see for those who couldn’t make it to the event. To check out some of the action from the day visit the YouTube account of sportsXstream.
The evening finished off with a Gala Dinner. As you can imagine it really is a nice dinner with everyone talking Sailing. Which is what we all love to do!
For those who work in the industry I highly recommend looking at these videos and finding time to attend the International Sailing Summit in the future. The sport does need our nurturing for us to have a sustainable industry, let alone if you happen to love our sport.
As someone who is working on an event to support the sport and industry with the Sydney Sailboat Expo, I know it would not happen with out the effort of those behind it and the sponsors. Well done all involved! Check out the Facebook page for more info!