23 Sep 2013

The large number of women working in the top echelons of the marine industry, not only in South Africa but across the world, has inspired the formation of an African chapter of Women in Boating. The first very well supported breakfast, sponsored by Boating World, was held at the Sotano Restaurant in Mouille Point in Cape Town.

MIASA’s Vanessa Davidson, who spearheaded the new group, was inspired after a visit to the METS Trade Show in Amsterdam - where she took part in talks around the formation of an International division. South Africa is one of the first countries to get up and running and has attracted a number of enthusiastic participants - all keen to network, socialize and engage with those making things happen in the industry.

Boating World’s Suzanne thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast meeting and was delighted to connect with women from a broad spectrum within the industry - from retail, yacht and charter management, cruisers and powerboat manufacturers to upholstery supply and others.  The informal meal was enjoyed by all and everyone was given the chance to say who they were and what their work involved.

Vanessa said this was a great opportunity to explore the challenges women face in the industry, which naturally stimulated much lively discussion, peppered with loads of laughter. 

Several business opportunities also came out of this first meeting – including a great idea for logo application inspired by a beautifully embroidered top worn by one of the attendees.

The next breakfast is planned for early December before everyone breaks for the holiday season.

For further information contact Vanessa at (021) 418 8899 or