The boat show was a blast. We got to catch up with some old sailing friends, meet up with a bunch of our great sponsors, and shake hands (and even exchange some hugs) with a few of you great folks.
Isla had a blast running around the aisles pointing out all the boats and, in general, just being her adorable little self. Despite being at the show for over four hours, she was well behaved and happy - and even sat through an hour long seminar without making hardly a peep. The "Earning While Cruising" talk put on by our friends Paul and Sheryl Shard was very well attended and Scott and I had fun getting our feet wet with presenting. There were so many great questions raised and, in retrospect, I realized there was so much more we could have added so stay tuned for a more in-depth blog post from me on making a living while cruising because it's a very meaty subject that requires more discussion.
Another highlight was meeting some great sailing idols. While I didn't get to attend their seminar, the intrepid John and Amanda Neal of Mahina Expeditions were there and we got to chatting about a possible collaboration in the future. For those of you cruising sailors who don't know who they are, you should check them out now. They were a HUGE inspiration to us and their website became (and still is) a go-to reference for us when boat shopping.
We also had the honor to be introduced to the esteemed Gary Jobson, editor at large of both Sailing World and Cruising World Magazines, sailing commentator for ESPN, former America's cup racer and president of US Sailing (among many other things). Aside from all that, he just so happens to be a father of three girls, with one set of twins in that mix so it was fun to have that in common. When he heard we were following in his footsteps he gave me a big hug with a knowing twinkle in his eye, which I wasn't sure to take as a warning or a blessing (haha). We had a wonderful time talking casually with him and you'll see more of him on the blog soon.
While we weren't really at the show to shop, there was one product that caught our eye as something we would like to get for our boat. The owner of ATN (you might remember we had their gale sail on Rasmus) was there demonstrating a single-handed mast climbing tool called the Mastclimber. Both Scott and I were very impressed. We have no affiliation with the product or company, but we plan on adding this piece of gear to our sailing kit when we head back out. Hoisting Scott up the mast is hard enough as it is, doing it with three toddlers running around would be a veritable Chinese fire drill.
Another thing I learned at the show was that I am now at the stage of my pregnancy where I don't think I can be on my feet for five hour stretches anymore - at nearly 34 weeks, I am really feeling it if I over exert myself and so these next few weeks will be spent laying low and working on a few writing projects I have lined up. Luckily for us, Scott's lovely mother has been in town this past week and has been a huge help in playing with Isla and helping me out so I can lay low and, quite literally, take a load off. I'll gladly take the rest while I can because our lives are about to get (the very best kind of) crazy in the next few weeks!