In making a quick exit to the airport last Wednesday and realising I had forgotten a show proof pair of shoes I grabbed a new pair of Dubarry Clippers. Having done over 19,000 steps on day one I was not suffering from tired and aching feet, my shoes and I were still friends. Thanks, Dubarry, great workmanship.
We found some great new products at the show and will keep you posted as we launch them in the shop and online - chandlery, clothing, safety equipment and new products to the market. Interesting to note that 'sustainability', 'recycled' and 'ecologique' is now part of many of the brand stories. Many exhibitors were making big noise in this area as a unique point of difference. Save Our Oceans had a very impressive pitch at the show and lots of evidence to suggest we will see more of this.
Many of our suppliers were exhibiting and drawing crowds with some great demonstrations including; Spinlock, Topper, Rooster and Helly Hansen.
There was a strong and diverse Irish presence at Boot 50 including MGM Boats, BJ Marine, Anchor Dive Lights of Donegal, Latitude Kinsale and Donegal Tourism.
And as the last show before the sailing season opens, it was great to meet up with some old pals Paul Adamson now with Oyster Yachts and the team at Topper.