Adventures of a Sailor Girl

Adventures Weekly: Jessica Watson

With the Vendée Globe in focus this week, it was brilliant to have Jessica Watson on our Adventures Weekly show on Friday to chat about her incredible record-breaking solo non-stop and unassisted round-the-world adventure ten years ago as a 16-year-old. Jess in her words is an “ordinary girl who went out and achieved her goals”, […]

Special Edition Interview with Stars+Stripes Team USA

Adventures Weekly on 5 November 2020 included a special show line up with the entire Stars + Stripes Team USA; Taylor Canfield, Mike Buckley, Victor Diaz de Leon, Erik Shampain and Michael Menninger, fresh from their win in the 70th Bermuda Gold Cup, which this year was also the World Championship for the World Match […]

Adventures Weekly: Carojiln Brouwer

For Adventures Weekly on 24 July 2020 we were excited to have Carolijn Brouwer with us to chat about her adventures as one of the first females to win The Ocean Race and a few other laps, her three Olympic Games, love of multis, foiling and just being on the water! Some amazing insights, great […]

Adventures Weekly: Andrew “Dog” Palfrey

For Adventures Weekly on 3 July 2020 we are excited to have friend of the show Andrew “Dog” Palfrey checking in with us direct from Cowes, UK to kick of “Season 2”! We chatted about a huge range of topics, from Cadets to TP52’s, RC44’s, Mumm 30’s, the America’s Cup and his three Olympic campaigns! […]

Adventures Weekly: “Season One” recap

We have done a show every week since 27 March, so we wanted to take the opportunity to take a look back at what we are calling “Season 1” before we kick straight back into live interviews with Andrew Palfrey and Iain Murray next week from 1700 AEST Friday / 0800 BST! A big thanks […]

Adventures Weekly: Newport to Bermuda Race

For Adventures Weekly on 18/19 June 2020 we welcomed Jay Gowell (Race Chairman) and Somers Kempe (Race Co-Chair) to chat about the Newport Bermuda Race and their pivot to create the 2020 Online Newport Bermuda Race (which you can still enter!). More information on entering the online race here: https://bermudarace.com/onlinerace ⛵And if you are keen […]

Adventures Weekly: The Original SINS

This week on Adventures Weekly the Sailor Girl, Nic Douglass took on the challenge of chatting with two incredible sailors and journalists, as well as being two of the founding members of the Society of International Scribes (SINS); Bob Fisher and Rob Mundle. With 35 books, four world championship wins, and a serious and renowned […]

Adventures Weekly: Tracy Edwards

What a show…! For Adventures Weekly on 15 May 2020 the Sailor Girl welcomed Tracy Edwards MBE, direct from the UK to chat about her inspiring journey with Maiden, and The Maiden Factor. For a full sixty minutes we chatted about the early days, the Whitbread, the Maiden movie, her motivation(s), the tough times, the good times, […]

Adventures Weekly – 27 March 2020

Sailing News in 60 Secondsish is back – with the Bad, the Sad and the Good!  The Bad were a list of cancellations that Nic couldn’t finish, the Sad was a tribute to John Fisher, or Fish, two years to the day of his passing.  The Good, was Sailor Girl’s new “videos of the week” […]

Sail Paradise 2020

Day One: Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta kicks off from Southport Yacht Club To kick off the new decade, the 11th Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta got underway today under a sunny sky in a building nor’easterly breeze with a fleet of 33 yachts. The Race Officer, Southport Yacht Club’s own Mark Dingley opted to start the boats […]

#KeepingYouCovered

64 videos in total, a three-hour pre-start live show talking with over 35 boats through the fleet, start commentary for ABC Grandstand, a world first with live offshore drone coverage of the middle to smaller sized yachts off the coast of Sydney, over 15 hours of live coverage including finishes with over 50 yachts right […]

Smoke on the water

Grinders Coffee SOLAS Big Boat Challenge abandoned due to safety concerns.

40th Edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race wraps up in Malta!

From the media centre in the Royal Malta Yacht Club, I can hear the party starting to kick up a notch, as sailors, race officials and family start to relax into the conclusion of the 40th Edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

Will it be an Elusive win at the Rolex Middle Sea Race?

It’s been an incredible 24 hours in Malta, with many boats coming home, and a number of different provisional leaders on IRC Overall.

Wizard, Wild Joe and the waiting game…

Overnight the majority of IRC Division 1 finished the Rolex Middle Sea Race; second home on line honours was Wizard, followed by Wild Joe who had a promising start in the exceptionally light conditions with their slippery RP60 hull shape. Who can forget them crossing Aegir, or lee bowing Rambler 88, who went on to win their 5th consecutive line honours title?

Rambler 88 take the gun – will they take the double?!

Rambler 88 took the line honours gun in the 40th Edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race this morning at 08:13:00 CEST, completing the “600 miler” in 2 days 19 hours 43 minutes.

Rolex Middle Sea – In the hot seat!

For a bit of fun, bringing you today’s Rolex Middle Sea Race update from in the hot seat… on a boat!

First 24 hours of the Rolex Middle Sea – Strait Up!

The 40th Edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race has been underway for 24-hours, and the line honours leaders are now exiting the Strait of Messina on their way to Stromboli!

Boats stretch their “sea legs” in the Rolex Middle Sea Coastal Race

Over 40 boats started the Rolex Middle Sea Coastal Race today to stretch their “sea legs” ahead of the official race start on Saturday. With a northerly breeze, the Race Committee sent the fleet on the “Round Comino” course, heading out of Marsamxett Harbour under spinnaker, to a port rounding mark before turning north.  In […]

An adventure with Blind Sailing UK

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to help out Blind Sailing UK when they raced in the final of the British Keelboat League. This was a first for blind sailors, qualifying to race against 21 other able-bodied teams from all over the UK. I have to say, that what this whole team do is […]

Cowes Week catch-ups

While I am still collecting the majority of my Cowes Week adventures to share with you all, here is a little bonus! Yes the return of my podcast which started about 5 years ago, and dwindled off as I was asked by my followers for more video content, and of course more live coverage. But […]

Rolex Fastnet Race 2019

All of the adventures from the Rolex Fastnet finishes in Plymouth for the 48th edition in 2019.

Two races are better than one!

The Lendlease Brisbane to Hamilton Island and Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel races are away from the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in perfect downwind conditions with a 12-15 knot sou’easter looking likely for the majority of the courses.  “What more could you ask for in an ocean race, a nice spinnaker start and a forecast […]

Noakes Sydney Gold Race finish 2019

We are onsite for the Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Race here is a little explanation on where Nic is while Katie takes over! So amazing to be back at the Southport Yacht Club! Live for line honours! At 10.28pm Wild Oats X, skippered by Mark Richards and owned by the Oatley Family took their third […]

Local heroes win Etchells Australasians with a day to spare

It’s known as one of the toughest events to win on the east coast of Australia, but that didn’t stop local Mooloolaba team “Our Thing” 1446 from monstering away with the 2019 title, with a whole day to spare. The fleet were so keen to get racing on Saturday, so much so that in race […]

Locals lead on day one in Mooloolaba

Locals lead after day one at the Etchells Australasian Championship Thirty teams from as far as Hong Kong and New Zealand lined up offshore from Mooloolaba yesterday for the first three races of the Etchells Australasian Championship for 2019 but it was the local skipper, David Turton on “Our Thing” 1446 who finished on top […]

SailGP in San Fran

Whitecaps from a cool and brisk breeze and views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz framed six F50 catamarans today as teams got in their final day of practice on the Bay before the main event of the second round of the inaugural SailGP kicks off in San Francisco tomorrow.  The first of three […]

50th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar

I have been in Palma for 24 hours and so far I have been to the official opening of the regatta, and partaken in a beach clean of the event! Great to be here and to be on the ground as the official MC, with my duties kicking up a notch tomorrow once we start […]

SailGP sizzles in Sydney

So great to be a part of the first ever SailGP, AND at home in Sydney. A big thanks to Oracle for the opportunity to give their Execs and top clients a real behind-the-scenes view to just how amazing our sport is, and for bringing the SailGP to us. The SailGP really is aiming to […]

Festival of Sails 2019

It was amazing to return to the Festival of Sails for 2019, to not only MC the 176th Passage Race presentation and the main prizegiving, but to race in the 26-boat one design VX One Australia Nationals, and finish third. A few updates are below…

A week in the life of…

My name is Annabelle and I’m in year 10 from Canberra Grammar School. I spent a week with Nic for work experience at the end of 2018.

Etchells return to Royal Queensland for re-match at National Championship

Twenty seven Etchells have returned to the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron this week for a re-match, at least against their Australian competitors, on what were the waters for the World Championship held with 94 teams last October.  In today’s practice race, Iain Murray, Colin Beashel and Richard Allanson took the gun, proving yet again that […]

McKnight dominates Aussie Moth Nationals

McKnight dominated the Australian Moth National Championship sailed from Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron last week, dropping two sixes from 14 races, with a nett score of 20 points. He raced a home built boat, with the new “deck-sweeper” mainsail configuration, which definitely proved to be more than on the pace.  Second place was Luka Damic […]

Sail Paradise 2019

All of the action from the Pittwater to Paradise Race, and the Sail Paradise Regatta working with the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, and the Southport Yacht Club… Daily image galleries are available below… Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 And all of the videos on the Southport Yacht Club Facebook page can […]

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2018

Ways to follow the Sailor Girl this Hobart Wrapping it up in Hobart for 2018   Tasmanians claim Tattersall Cup in home port With all boats still racing now outside their handicap times Phillip Turner’s Alive Yachting representing Derwent Sailing Squadron Inc has won the double for the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart; the George Adams […]

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2018 preview!

Four sleeps until Boxing Day! Here’s the rundown of my Rolex Sydney Hobart coverage for this year: – tomorrow and Christmas Eve; live broadcasts of all press conferences and briefings, tomorrow I will be live on ABC Australia at 10am for the national program to give a preview of the race, AND on Christmas Eve […]

Two from twenty-eight

A look back at the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart with the winning Ichi Ban skipper, Matt Allen.   It’s been 34 years since I won my last Rolex Sydney Hobart. As a 21-year-old I won with Challenge II as the boat captain in my fourth race, and it has been a dream, like many fellow […]

Big Boat wrap!

What a day it was this year for the Grinders Coffee SOLAS Big Boat Challenge! We took on a whole new level of broadcasting, and while we did have a few intermissions brought to you by “Telstra” (in the words of David Turton) we still managed to put together a great day, with awesome commentary. […]

Sailor Girl to skipper team of sailing stalwarts for live Big Boat Day Challenge broadcast

Tuesday 11 December marks the final warm-up for the “big boats” before the Rolex Sydney Hobart on a tight and fast-paced track around Sydney Harbour to raise money for SOLAS, the Safety of Life at Sea trust. Four maxis will likely battle for line honours; Black Jack, Wild Oats XI, Scallywag and Infotrack. Wild Oats […]

It’s that time of year!

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race promises to be another pot boiler, with one of the strongest-ever fleets chasing line honours and the overall win to secure the Tattersall Cup. A fleet of 91 will take to the 628-nautical-mile journey – those from NSW, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia, […]

Gen XY come into their own on home waters at Etchells Worlds

Day three at the Etchells World Championship was the first day that competitors and organisers headed out to the race track on time with thanks to the wind being more cooperative. After a small on water delay, the first attempt at race five was one I will personally never forget. With the tide ripping from […]

Thornburrow takes top spot at Etchells Worlds

Another day and another delay waiting for breeze at the Etchells World Championship, but it wasn’t long until we saw a light nor’easter fill, and racing got underway on a course set at 20 degrees. Around the top mark it was Thornburrow 1406 in the box seat with Gen XY 864 in second, Merrington 1332 […]

Hill leads Etchells Worlds fleet of 94 boats

Day two at the Etchells World Championship sailing from the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron was another day of waiting for breeze. The Race Committee opted to keep sailors on shore, with the AP coming down just on midday, the scheduled time of racing. The start for race two got away just after 1415 local Brisbane […]

Big Fella gets first gun of the Etchells Worlds

Day one of the Etchells World Championship in Brisbane got off to a slow start while competitors waited for the breeze to fill from the south-east. Race one got underway just before 1500 hours local time (GMT +10) in building pressure at 120 degrees. With a slight favour on the starboard end of the 1.2 nautical […]

Sharp Australian Youth Match Racing Championship

The Sharp Australian Youth Match Racing Championship wrapped up at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) today in a rainy and shifty decider with multpile lead changes. I was live for the final race of the petit finals between the CYCA’s Finn Tapper and the Royal Prince Alfred’s Niall Powers, and all three of […]

Hello from Thredbo…

Sometimes we all need a little time out… For me, I am not one of those people who can sit around doing nothing… well not all the time… So as soon as I left Hamilton Island this year, for the third year in a row, I headed to Thredbo to ski as much as I […]

Inaugural Women’s Laser Regatta 2018

Today the Inaugural Women’s Laser Regatta kicked off at Double Bay Sailing Club. A regatta organised by women, with female race officials, media (me!), sailors, and coaches! Gallery from day 1. Gallery from day 2.  

Hamilton Island Race Week 2018

Day 1  – 19 August Day 1 of Hamilton Island Race Week kicked off today with the sou’easterly trades arriving just after the first round of starts for the Hamilton Island (Cruising) divisions. I was live to watch the breeze fill through the second largest fleet in Hamilton Island Race Week history (233 boats), and […]

Airlie Beach Race Week 2018

Woohoo – a massive thanks to Visit Whitsundays for having me at Airlie Beach Race Week! Day 1 – 14 August Photo gallery Day 2 – 15 August Photo gallery Day 3 – Final Day, 16 August Photo gallery

Lendy Cowes Week 2018

All of the adventures from Lendy Cowes Week, thanks to Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, and Lendy for having me! Day 1 – Sustainable Saturday Day 2 – Family Day Sunday Day 3 – Charity Day Monday Day 4 – Lendy Ladies Day Tuesday

Black Jack beats Wild Oats XI in sunrise showdown

The battle for line honours in the Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race concluded in the early hours of this morning, with Black Jack Yachting taking the line honours win from Wild Oats XI for the first time. Live coverage of the #NoakesSGCYR line honours finish https://www.facebook.com/sailorgirlHQ/videos/1843962092314213/ Interview with Daryl Wislang of Comanche https://www.facebook.com/sailorgirlHQ/videos/1844094195634336/ Finish […]

A quick stopover at The Hague

On my way home from the Newport Bermuda Race I stopped in at The Hague to catch up with the Volvo Ocean Race sailors post-race and post celebratory hangovers. I interviewed nine sailors, live and uncut, eight of who I spoke to in Alicante before the race start. To hit the ground running on my […]

The “breakaways”: The first five home to Bermuda

The adventures continue for the Sailor Girl in Bermuda for the finish of the 51st edition of the Newport Bermuda Race. Leaving most of the fleet far behind in light winds, George David’s Rambler 88 crossed the finish line off St. David’s Lighthouse at 5:51:51 Eastern daylight time on Sunday evening. The first pack consisting of […]

Newport Bermuda Race – The Adventure Begins…

The 51st edition of the Newport Bermuda Race is underway and we have been in the midst of the action from Newport and now from in Bermuda. Check out some of the videos and images below from registration and interviews with competitors, right through to our live coverage of the start, which went for all […]

The Cure for Clark – Winners decided at The Dock Australasians

The Dock Mooloolaba Australasian Etchells Championship wrapped up on Sunday 10 June, with seven potential winners from the 44 boat fleet, and just one race to sail for the seven race series. The intensity of the day was reflected in three attempts to get the race away, with the fleet eventually getting away with a clear […]

NZ take the lead at The Dock Australasian Championship

Day two of The Dock Mooloolaba Australasian Etchells Championship kicked off on Saturday 9 June, and the race committee and race management team did a great job to get three races in the bag with one left to sail on the final day today. The breeze was far steadier than day one, shifting from 190, through to […]

Light and lumpy for day one of The Dock Etchells Australasians

Day one of The Dock Mooloolaba Australasian Etchells Championship kicked off on Friday 8 June with three races in quintessential Mooloolaba lump, and a shifty breeze starting at 160 swinging to 100 degrees with 5 to 12 knots at times over the day. Race one started right on time at 160 degrees and 1.8 nautical […]

The PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race start

Live “dock walk” with the key skippers direct from the CYCA, and then the start itself…

One week until Etchells battle for ‘The Dock’ Australasian Championship

In just over one week, forty-two Etchells from Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong will battle off the famed Mooloolaba beachfront for The Dock Mooloolaba Australasian Etchells Championship. With five previous Etchells World Champion skippers, as well as multiple National and prior Australasian Champions, the regatta is certain to be one to watch. Leading the […]

RPAYC Pathways Panel: Lighting of the Fire in more ways than one

Each year the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) holds their annual “Lighting of the Fire” event, a tradition to kick start Friday evening club drinks over the winter season. Last night, 25 May the event was held in conjunction with a fundraiser for the Olympic campaign of Australia’s current “Female Sailors of the Year”, […]

Newport RI; “small town – big heart”

It was pretty surreal to return to Newport three years on for the return of the Volvo Ocean Race. This time around, my adventures were thanks to Argo Group, one of the sponsors for the local heroes of Vestas 11th Hour Racing, headed by Charlie Enright and Mark Towill, with another local, Nick Dana on […]

Argo Group Gold Cup 2018

The Argo Group Gold Cup is back! And it is my absolute pleasure to be on the ground for the return of this event as an official commentator, 30 months after I was helping out with the last edition. Check out the event wrap below, and then scroll down to re-live all of the action […]

Etchells Australiasian Championship 2018 – countdown!

The Etchells Australasian Championship 2018 at the Mooloolaba Yacht Club is less than 50 days away, and with an amazing venue that always delivers great racing, as well as an Australian Worlds on the calendar later this year, there is no doubt that this event is one not to be missed. John Bertrand, two-time Etchells […]

Sail Port Stephens 2018

Monday 9 April What a stunning opening day for Sail Port Stephens in 2018 with 87 yachts taking to the water for the cruising divisions racing the Commodore’s Cup through until Wednesday, before the Performance, Cruising and IRC Racing joins in on Friday. An 8-10 knot westerly, racing the “Pub to Pub” course was a […]

70th QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone

An 18ft Skiff Adventure: Queen of the Harbour

Wow. Yesterday’s adventure was definitely epic. The “Queen of the Harbour” on the International 18ft Skiff​ Yandoo with Woody, Burgers and Cam finishing a close third across the line (28:59)! Just awesome boats, insane rides and brilliantly close racing as you can see in my little clip here! Congratulations to the “Queen” Issy Quigley​ and […]

On board with Vestas

Vestas 11th Hour Racing are back on the water, and today I joined them for their first race since returning to the Volvo Ocean Race, the official practice race. It has been an amazing effort from the whole team, on and off the water, and I know I am not the only one hanging out […]

Australian Laser Masters Championship 2018

I am covering the Australian Laser Masters Championship at Mooloolaba over the 9-12 February while my Dad is competing. Keep scrolling to see the updates below as they happen… Report for 9-10 February The Australian Laser Masters Championship kicked off in Mooloolaba on Friday with 162 competitors in three fleets; the Standards, the Radial Apprentice, […]

175th Festival of Sails

What an Australia Day Weekend, starting in Melbourne and heading over the Geelong on the 175th Rex Gorell Land Rover Festival of Sails Passage Race with Rolex Sydney Hobart winners, Ichi Ban, and then two days of covering over 300 boats racing on Corio Bay and outside the channel from the Royal Geelong Yacht Club! […]

Australian Yachting Championship 2018

Matt Allen and his Ichi Ban team, recent overall winners of the Rolex Sydney Hobart continued their winning streak to take the Australian Yachting Championship on both IRC and ORCi at the Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne yesterday. Geoff Boettcher’s South Australian boat, Secret Men’s Business finished second on IRC with Tony Kirby’s Patrice third […]

Reminders of mortality

From reports direct from Hollywood Boulevard that they had abandoned ship in Bass Strait and were helicoptered to safety, to a man overboard and retrieval on Scallywag while leading the Volvo Ocean Race – today was definitely an interesting day in sailing – and high on the stress radars for a few of us. The […]

Rolex Sydney Hobart wrap!

What an amazing Rolex Sydney Hobart this year – and I definitely have withdrawals! The complete blog is right here so that you can re-live the action from start to finish…

Sail Paradise 2018

All of the action from the Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta!

Rolex Sydney Hobart start!

Wow…… that was definitely the slowest start I have seen for the Rolex Sydney Hobart, and consequently the start with the most mix ups in the pecking order to what was expected. The fleet are now headed down the East Coast of Australia in a gradient nor’Easter which is set to build and give the […]

Buoyed Up in Canberra!

The Buoyed Up Fundraiser was a fantastic event at the Canberra Yacht Club this week with guest speaker Jimmy Spithill. For me personally, it was humbling to be back at one of my home Yacht Clubs and help with the work that they are doing to make positive change through the sport of sailing. Buoyed […]

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Sail Melbourne 2017

All of the adventures from the Sail Melbourne International Regatta 2017. Results 3rd of December 2nd of December 1st of December 30th of November

Cabbage Tree 2017

The live start from 10 November 2017 was a glamour! Sunset behind the Sydney city-scape and a plethora of yachts, with two generals, a major committee boat pile up (sorry Kearnsie!!) and maxi action! What more could you want on a Friday night….??! Live stream from the start More images and updates are available on […]

Volvo Ocean Race start 2017

20 October – in the mix with some favourites After what seemed like an endless amount of “leg zeros” the Volvo Ocean Race is now in full wind up to the first leg where points will count on Sunday. Even though it is a short leg to the race’s somewhat quasi home in Lisbon, it […]

Etchells Worlds 2017

All of the adventures from the Etchells Worlds in 2017 can be found in our blog that was updated daily right here! A big thanks to the guys from Magpie, GT, Mothy and Jimmy for their support in having me at the event, and JC for having me on her rib out to help coach […]

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017

All of the happenings from Audi Hamilton Island Race Week from start to finish in 2017!  

Airlie Beach Race Week – Powered by Pantaenius

All of the adventures from Airlie Beach Race Week with thanks to Pantaenius Sail & Motor Yacht Insurance.

Fastnet fires up – thanks to Pantaenius

What an epic adventure the Rolex Fastnet Race was this year, with great help from Pantaenius Yacht Insurance to support our coverage. Check out the full blog, including photos, live video, interviews and more direct from the start in Cowes, to the finish in Plymouth. The Fastnet Adventure…

Tasar World Champs – on the podium

Our Tasar Worlds are wrapped for another year, and while it wasn’t what we had hoped for – third is an amazing achievement in a fleet of 97 boats. All credit to Libby and Jonathan McKee who sailed beautifully to secure their Worlds with a race to spare, and former World Champ Chris Dance with […]

Pantaenius at Port Stephens, the Fastnet and Airlie Beach

As we are leading up to the Rolex Fastnet Race where we will be working with Pantaenius Sail & Motor Yacht Insurance in the UK, here is our extended video wrap of Sail Port Stephens 2017 where we were also privileged to be working with Pantaenius in Australia. Thanks also to Mark from Hover UAV […]

35th America’s Cup

Wow – what an adventure at the 35th America’s Cup. All of our coverage can be found here, or re-watch the action in our Nautical Channel AC Updates (24 x 8 minute episodes) in the playlist below… Looking forward to the next few weeks and finding out what will be on the cards for AC36.

Nic Douglass with Wayne Phillips on FIVEaa’s Saturday Arvo Sport

This afternoon, 18 March 2017, I was invited to talk with Wayne Phillips on Saturday Arvo Sport, a live radio show on FIVEaa based in Adelaide, Australia. Check out our chat on the state of our (Australia’s) performance in sailing on a broad global scale, specifically in the Olympics and the America’s Cup. Thanks to […]

Bethwaite Memorial Trophy

Four years ago, Dad and I were the inaugural winners of the Bethwaite Memorial Trophy. Yesterday, I was there, but this time I didn’t race. Instead I took pictures and watched on while my brother-in-law, new to sailing, did his first race with my Dad. Was pretty awesome. A short video taken from on board […]

MC38 Nationals 2017: Ginger takes fourth in a row

The final day of racing at the MC38 Nationals was as unpredictable as they come with the remnants of an overnight southerly front, storm activity, and an ever-attempting sea breeze. Regardless of the fickle breeze, and finding themselves in some tricky situations, the defending champions on Ginger, skippered by eighty-something-year-old Leslie Green are again the […]

Festival of Sails 2017

The wrap! Wednesday 25 January Tuesday 24 January I was awake at sunrise watching the clouds rip over Corio Bay, knowing it was going to be a ripper day on the water (or maybe I am a little jet lagged, though I won’t admit it)! What better way to start the final day than with […]

Quantum Key West Race Week

All of the updates while at Quantum Key West Race Week in January 2016! You can check out all of my images from the event here. Day 5 – Brought to you by Quantum Sails The final day at Quantum Key West Race Week did not disappoint. You can check out all of my images […]

First interview of 2017 – Port Stephens FM

While in Port Stephens for the 44th National Tasar Championships, Nic took the opportunity to chat with Clive on Port Stephens FM for his live Tuesday morning radio show on 3 January 2017. Awesome photo by www.sportsailingphotography.com – thanks Beth! http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/300965708-nicdouglass-sailor-girl-on-port-stephens-fm-3-january-2017.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

Adventures Weekly – Rolex Sydney Hobart start special!

Here we go with our Adventures Weekly – Rolex Sydney Hobart start special! Check out the video for our pre-game show, check out the podcast or audio below for the start call – or head here for our constantly updated stream! And don’t forget to check out our competition! http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/299727129-nicdouglass-sailor-girl-live-rolex-sydney-hobart-2016-start.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | […]

Adventures Weekly – 22 December 2016

Welcome to Adventures Weekly for 15 December 2016, your update for the top stories in sailing news globally this week; updates on the AON Youth Sailing World Championships, Vendee Globe and Rolex Sydney Hobart. For more on our Rolex Sydney Hobart broadcast for 2016, brought to you by Zhik, head here. For the full copy […]

Sailor Girl Live: Rolex Sydney Hobart 2016

Wow……… We interviewed 30 boats before the start, we were there live for the start when CQS “capsized” and Beau Geste was second out of the heads, and then when Perpetual Loyal broke the record in Hobart. We were live for the next 13 boats across the line, and then in Customs House for some […]

Adventures Weekly – 15 December 2016

Welcome to Adventures Weekly for 5 December 2016, your update for the top stories in sailing news globally this week; updates on the Vendee Globe, Rolex Sydney Hobart and the Sailing World Cup Final. For the full copy of “Adventures Weekly” head here or subscriber over here >>>>>>> http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/298256314-nicdouglass-adventures-weekly-15-december-2016.m4aPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: […]

Live for the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge 2016!

Wild Oats XI won the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge today on line honours for an epic ninth time after a close boat on boat match up with fellow maxis Perpetual Loyal and Scallywag. There were plenty of lead changes over the entire race, right through the fleet, with Perpetual Loyal leading the early stages of […]

Sailing World Cup Final – Two coaches and an over-qualified media boat driver

I took the opportunity today on the first official day of racing at the Sailing World Cup Final in Melbourne to talk to two coaches about how they are preparing their sailors. Geoff Woolley, the coach of dual gold medallists Liesl Tesch and Dan Fitzgibbon in the Skud18, is now coaching the 470 Women on […]

Sailing World Cup Final – Future rock stars & a special graduation

Awesome to be on the ground for the Sailing World Cup Final in Melbourne, the final for World Sailing’s World Cup this year! 170 entrants, plenty of rock stars, but also plenty of rock stars in the making, such as Finn, Elkan and Anna who I caught up with today. Optimist sailor Adelaide Pullin from […]

Adventures Weekly – 5 December 2016

Welcome to Adventures Weekly for 5 December 2016, your update for the top stories in sailing news globally this week; updates on the Vendee Globe, Melges 24 Worlds and Sailing World Cup Final. You can subscribe to get Adventures Weekly straight to your inbox just over here >>>>> This week’s issue is here. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/296495925-nicdouglass-adventures-weekly-5-december-2016.mp3Podcast: Play […]

Rolex Sydney Hobart: less than one month to go, live press conference video and interviews

Today marked the run into Boxing Day with the official media launch of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2016. Yes we are less than one month out from the “great race”, and yet it feels like yesterday. I took the opportunity to catch up with Paul Clitheroe, the owner/driver of Balance, the TP52 that […]

Adventures Weekly – 28 November 2016

Welcome to Adventures Weekly for 28 November 2016, your update for the top stories in sailing news globally this week; updates on the Vendee Globe, RORC Transatlantic Race and the Rolex Sydney Hobart. For the full copy of “Adventures Weekly” head here, or subscribe over here >>>>>>>>> http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/295116490-nicdouglass-adventures-weekly-28-november-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple […]

Adventures Weekly – 21 November 2016

Welcome to Adventures Weekly for 14 November 2016, your update for the top stories in sailing news globally this week in the form of “Sailing News in Sixty-seconds (ish); updates on the America’s Cup, Vendee Globe, and METS. For the full copy of “Adventures Weekly” including article links, photos of the week and more, click […]

Louis Vuitton Americas Cup World Series Finale in Fukuoka

After nine events in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in all corners of the globe, the final day of racing in Fukuoka was, shall we say large for the America’s Cup teams. Four teams could have potentially won on paper, but Land Rover BAR had to falter from their momentum to lose their […]

Louis Vuitton Americas Cup Fukuoka Day 1 – Full report, interviews and photos

What a great day for the America’s Cup to make its official racing debut in Japan. Challenging conditions, but at least there was wind, enough at times for foiling, and it stayed in for the duration of racing. As always with America’s Cup World Series racing, the set course was very short with tight boundaries, […]

America’s Cup in Fukuoka brings sailing into the limelight in Japan

The sport of sailing is pulling out rock star status right now in Japan; the Japanese people are seriously lapping up having America’s Cup racing in their country for the first time in its long and prestigious history. Today (as well as one on one’s and a report on the practice racing which you will […]

Adventures Weekly – 14 November 2016

Welcome to Adventures Weekly for 14 November 2016, your update for the top stories in sailing news globally this week in the form of “Sailing News in Sixty-seconds (ish); updates on the Vendee Globe, CQS and the only election worth thinking about… For the full copy of “Adventures Weekly” for 14 November or to subscribe, […]

Adventures Weekly – 7 November 2016

For the full copy of “Adventures Weekly” for 7 November 2016 head here. The podcast can be found below. More on our social media, @SailorGirlHQ on all channels. Podcast http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/291892672-nicdouglass-adventures-weekly-7-november-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

Wow…!

Wow – I don’t think it has quite sunk in yet. Thank you so much everyone for your congratulations in so many forms since Saturday night from hugs in person, to texts and on Facebook, including the special release by Down Under Sail of their article from their fantastic Aussie grassroots ‘Year Book’ which covers […]

Canberra Yacht Club wows stadium crowd on day 2 of the ACT Optimist Championships

Day 2 of the Capital Insurance Brokers ACT Optimist Championships wowed the “stadium” crowd on the lawns of the Canberra Yacht Club today with 126 boats racing in fifteen to thirty knots of nor’westerly on Lake Burley Griffin. “I have never seen an Opti go so fast” said Matthew Owen, Opti parent, experienced sailor and […]

ACT Optimist Champs 2016 day 1

Day 1 of the Capital Insurance Brokers ACT Optimist Championships got underway today, with a record-breaking one design fleet of 126 boats on Lake Burley Griffin. What an amazing sight it was to see all 126 competitors and their families readying for racing, even with a breeze that was delayed. Kids played soccer, while parents […]

At the end of the #RoadToRio – Belcher & Ryan

Behind every Olympic and Paralympic medal is an amazing adventure and journey, this is the second in a series of videos looking at the #RoadToRio with the Australian Sailing Team medallists, celebrating their homecoming and looking back on their journey. At the Rio Olympics the Australian Sailing Team collectively won one gold and three silver […]

At the end of the #RoadToRio: The Australian Sailing Team’s Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin

Behind every Olympic and Paralympic medal is an amazing adventure and journey, this is the second in a series of videos looking at the #RoadToRio with the Australian Sailing Team medallists, celebrating their homecoming and looking back on their journey. At the Rio Olympics the Australian Sailing Team collectively won one gold and three silver […]

My wrap of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016 on NC Sports

My segment wrapping Audi Hamilton Island Race Week that first aired on the NC Sports show just over one month go, 16 September 2016, to over 20 million viewers across various networks, including the Sky Network. My piece covers the on and off water action, including Beau Geste’s third Aussie IRC Nationals win in a […]

Boat crush: The VX One

For those who know me, you will know I have had a little boat crush on the VX One for a while now. I love the boat because I can sail it comfortably (yes I like hiking!) with my family and good mates, it’s one design racing, the fleet are so fun to hang with […]

The “hot lap”

That WAS fun! Was amazingly awesome to race with Dad on Sunday on our Tasar. We couldn’t find a park at Georges River 16ft Sailing Club, so launched from Kogarah Bay Sailing Club and sailed around to join their race. What was a 6 to 20 knot Nor’Wester in Kogarah Bay was an 18 to […]

ACT Optimist Championship: Optis set to go “on tour” at the end of October

For Optimist sailors in NSW, the coming of spring marks not only a change in water temperatures on the coast for the better, but the opportunity to travel to regattas including the ACT Optimist Championship on 29 and 30 October. Sailed on the waters of Lake Burley Griffin from the family-friendly Canberra Yacht Club, this […]

My last interview with Roger “Hicko” Hickman

I was approached by Sandy Eastman to provide this interview that I did with her partner, the late Roger Hickman and Shane Kearns at the RSHYR launch in 2015 for the “Growing Teams” and “Kickstart-Factory” websites, two projects to help those with ideas to move forward. What I didn’t know along with many, was that […]

An adventure training with whales

Dad and I were training off Ulladulla Harbour today when a whale breached right next to us (within 20 metres) just out of the heads. We trimmed to avoid, and I grabbed the camera to get the second big tail slap! Very raw footage (and language, apologies to those who may be offended but it […]

At the end of the “Road to Rio”: The Australian Sailing Team Paralympic journey

Behind every Olympic and Paralympic medal is an amazing adventure and journey, this is the first in a series of videos looking at the #RoadToRio with the Australian Sailing Team medallists, celebrating their homecoming and looking back on their journey. The Rio Paralympics resulted in medals for all of our Australian Sailing Team Paralympians (amazing!), […]

Operation “Beard off”

Tom Spithill, an amazing contributor to the sport of sailing is losing his beard, and maybe his hair (?) to raise money for IDS and Soldier On – Helping our Wounded Warriors! You can donate here: www.gofundme.com/operationbeardoff Amazing effort so far Tommy, with $11,600 being donated in person at The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club […]

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week – a look back, one week on

One week on, I cannot help but look back at the fantastic week that was Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016. Below you will find videos from the presentation night including speeches from Karl Kwok (Beau Geste) and Matt Owen (Onyx), a catch up with Stephen Barlow from the winning Farr 40, Forty, and a […]

“Me” for my OBR VOR application

Here is my Volvo Ocean Race production task video for my On Board Reporter application. The theme had to be “Me – by Nic Douglass”. Unfortunately I was unsuccessful in a pretty competitive environment but I was thankful to get a personalised response 🙂 My take was that being a sailing content provider isn’t always […]

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 3: Audi Hamilton Island Whale Watching Week??!

Day 3 saw no racing for any of the 252 entries at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, but there was plenty of people and whale watching to be done for the media! I have to say it is the best postponement I have had in my 20+ years of sailing! Here are a few of […]

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 2 – Ichi Ban & Concubine in the Tavern

Another gorgeous day on Hamilton Island, but the breeze was not entirely on board with keeping the on-water action up to par with the off-water activities! I caught up with Matt Allen, owner of Ichi Ban who is now sitting in second in IRC Rating Division 1 after the team were second across the line […]

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 1 – “Pillow Talk” & Scallywag’s Honeymooners

Amazing to be back on Hamilton Island for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. A record-breaking fleet of 252 boats, a stunning location, and catching up with so many of my sailing mates from around the world, what could be better??! First up I caught up with Matt Owen, “Pillow” in the Tavern to chat about […]

Cowes Week adventures…

The Cowes Week adventures so far… Day 1 & 2 – Figaro, first-timers, fast mast drops and First 40s I talk with my Dad, Rob Douglass on his first sail on the Solent, Sam Laidlaw who dropped a rig during a race and was still leading the Quarter Tonners at the end of day two, […]

5o5’s in Weymouth

Wow. Have you ever seen a World Championship with a fleet of 130 boats have a possible seven winners leading into the last race? Mike Martin & Andy Lowry had a 22 point lead going into the last race of the 5o5 Worlds with two tough results in races 1 and 2 of the series. […]

Etchells Invitational won by RTYC Academy

The Cowes Etchells Invitational Regatta finished up today with the Royal Thames Yacht Club Youth Academy beating a fleet of far more experienced Etchells teams to take the Gertrude Cup. I interviewed Tim Gratton from the winning team, who have an average age of 22, and Tom Carruthers, skipper of the San Diego Yacht Club […]

Sailor Girl reports for NauticalChannel Sports on 29 July 2016

I joined the newsroom from Portsmouth to chat about the America’s Cup Worlds Series event in Portsmouth. This is my segment only from the show that aired around the world to over 22 million viewers on 29 July 2016, but make sure you check out the full show (if you haven’t already) here: https://youtu.be/C7pUO_UUQbE.

Comanche: on the dock and on board

Congratulations Comanche! Trans-Atlantic monohull record: 5D 14H 21M 25S Prior record: 6D 17H 52M 39S (Mari Cha 2003) 1D 3H 31M 14S faster over 2880nm Averaging 21.44 knots The last time I was waiting for Comanche to arrive after achieving a goal that they had set out to achieve was a very different scene to […]

LVACWS Portsmouth final day – fast and furious

While Oracle Team USA did all but everything they could to take the win with a 2, 1, 1 scorecard today, it wasn’t enough to topple the fast and furious tenacity of a Ben Ainslie led Land Rover BAR on the final day of racing at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth. […]

LVACWS Portsmouth 2016 day 1: “Bumper” action

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series racing today in Portsmouth, with light winds across the course in a slowly building south-easterly sea breeze was far more exciting than any of us were expecting. Feedback from all of the teams put this down to a tight start line, tidal influence and the constantly shifting breeze […]

LVACWS Portsmouth 2016 practice: home team advantage?

I feel like I should buy a lottery ticket. No offence locals of England, but I believe we have had five sunny summer days in a row, which meant for a little sea breeze this afternoon, and four practice races ahead of official racing tomorrow and Sunday. Could this be the first Louis Vuitton America’s […]

LVACWS Portsmouth Press Conference: locking in the Cup and spying

T hey say the years get faster, and this one has just flown by. It feels like more than a year and yesterday at the same time that the America’s Cup World Series was first raced in Portsmouth. And now, as I am typing this, the AC45’s are heading out on the water for an […]

The Magenta Project is set to give female sailors “wings”

I chatted with Dee Caffari and Sharon Ferris this morning about what the Magenta Project is doing in Cowes this week! The Extreme Sailing Series has given a squad of eight to twelve girls a GC32 to borrow leading right up to Cowes Week, to help up skill some of our top women sailors in […]

RC44’s in Portsmouth 2016

Chris Bake has been involved with the RC44’s since the beginning, ten years ago. His team, Team Aqua came second in Portsmouth, giving them the overall lead for the RC44 World Tour for 2016, the “Golden Wheels”. Was great to chat with Chris about all things to do with the class, his team, and also […]

NC Sports broadcast 8 July

I joined the NC Sports newsroom from Cowes to chat about the Round the Island Race, the World Match Racing Tour and the Tour de France de Voile. This is my segment only from the show that aired around the world to over 22 million viewers on 8 July 2016, but make sure you check […]

World Champions AND Millionaires!

Just wow! Phil Robertson with Will Tiller, James Wierzerbowski and Stewart Dodson are the new World Match Racing Tour World Champions and winners of ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Check out my interview with the whole team, and the cheque. Apologies for the excessive noise, there was a bit of excitement from the masses who were watching […]

Match Cup Sweden 2016 – Back on the rock with the semi finalists

I am back on the rock! Great to be back at Marstrand, in time to catch up with the semi-finalists, 36 Below Racing (taking down Williams 3-0), US One (defeating Wallen 3-0), Redline Racing (coming back against Martinez 3-1) and Waka Racing (smashing Guichard 3-0), who will battle it out through to the finals, and […]

She’ll be sailing ’round the island – J.P. Morgan Round the Island Race

Wow! What a race, definitely one for the “bucket list”, the Round the Island Race. I think I “picked” the year to do it too, with plenty of breeze on, and plenty of action on board the winning First 40 La Reponse (you can find two live broadcasts from on board via Facebook below) as […]

NC Sports broadcast 17 June 2016

My broadcast on the Nautical Channel Sports show on 17 June! Check out the previews for the Extreme Sailing Series and Kieler Woche, as well as reports on the Australian Sailing Team‘s progress leading into Rio 2016, and my personal concerns about Rio (not pollution but rather violence) following Liesl Tesch‘s confrontation in the streets […]

VX One Midwinters – Final day

After nine races over three days of racing at the VX One Midwinters from the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, it all came down to the final race between two local sailors, Brett Whitbread on SuperVax and the Angry Beaver skippered by Daniel Alcock. The first race on Monday, the seventh in the series was started […]

VX One Midwinters – Day 2

It was breeze on for day two at the VX One Midwinters, sailed from Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. The 11 boat fleet managed to get in four races in an 18-20 knot sou’wester, with plenty of action and close finishes. Andrew York was “Boat of the Day” with a 1, 3, 1,1 on Speedwagon. “Play […]

VX One Midwinters – Day 1

Day one of the Australian VX One Midwinter Championships kicked off today at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron with two races in variable conditions. While the breeze was light, the racing was tight among the fleet of eleven boats (a record for Australia), one of the biggest draw cards for owners in this new and […]

A new adventure with NC Sports

I have joined the Nautical Channel (NC) Sports team as of the beginning of June as their new sailing correspondent to an audience of over 22 million people on televisions globally (mainly in the northern hemisphere at present). Check out my segment on the YANMAR Moth Worlds, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in […]

The day after the Moth Worlds…

The “Benny Show”, Starkers, bamboo “foils” and a giant Buddha… You can’t script this stuff! A bit of banter, and fun on the day after the Moth Worlds exploring Kamakura.

Goodison takes his golden moth

Paul Goodison said he wanted a gold moth, and the 2008 Olympic Gold Medallist in the Laser kept his cool today to do just that, despite young gun Rashley, speedster Greenhalgh (who won the only race today) and stalwart Babbage doing all they could on the race track. The final points were Goodison (22), Rashley […]

Moth Worlds – Hayama Japan – Day 4

Paul Goodison (20 points), Chris Rashley (22 points), Rob Greenhalgh (25 points) and Scott Babbage (30 points) could all win the Moth Worlds tomorrow with three races yet to be sailed. Greenhalgh sailed exceptionally well today to take a 1, 2, 1 with Goodison taking the other heat win. It’s all on for tomorrow, with […]

Moth Worlds 2016 – Hayama Japan – Day 3!

Wow. What a day of racing here in Hayama for day 3 of the Moth Worlds! Goodison was boat of the day with a 1, 1, 3 moving into the lead over Chris Rashley. All is still to play for, with a lay day tomorrow and lighter winds forecast for Saturday and Sunday. Once a […]

Moth Worlds 2016 – Hayama Japan – Day 2!

I made it for race 4 of the Moth Worlds in Japan thanks to an awesome bunch of sailors from Keio University! Some tricky racing on day 2, with GBR sailors taking three from three race wins. I caught up with Rashley (current leader) on why he thinks the GBR sailors have been dominating so […]

IMOCA 60 adventures – Alex Thomson of Hugo Boss and on board “No Way Back”

A quick catch up with Alex Thomson before he docked off from the Newport Shipyard to head to New York in preparation for the Ocean Masters race to Vendee on 29 May. While the offshore race from Newport to New York was cancelled, I still got a sail on the foiling IMOCA “No Way Back” […]

Live from 100ft – up a mast!

The IMOCA 60 fleet are currently gathering at the Newport Shipyard to prepare themselves for the New York to Vendee race on 29 May. I took the opportunity of being in Newport to head up the rig of the Canadian Ocean Racing team’s IMOCA 60 “Oh Canada” yesterday. It was a great view of the […]

Getting ready for my IMOCA Ocean Masters Offshore with Spinlock

I dropped into Spinlock USA yesterday to say hello, and was lucky enough to be given a safety vest, Lume-On technology, two bags that hook onto the vest, a tether and an AIS MOB-1 unit to use on my offshore on Saturday from Newport to New York with the IMOCA Ocean Masters fleet! Thank you […]

“One of the craziest days of yachting… in my career” – Ashby

If you predicted what would happen in today’s Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series racing in New York you are either the best storyteller around, or exceptionally intuitive. One for the memory banks for sure! With the bad luck of getting stuck on the pin at the start of the final race, knifing the mark […]

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York – Day 1

Day 1 at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in New York was exceptionally tough on competitors, organisers and the spectators who were let down by a fading sea breeze which just wasn’t strong enough to battle the fast-flowing Hudson River. In the first start of the day, the whole fleet was over the […]

Checking in with the kids of the America’s Cup Endeavour Program

Today the Endeavour Program that aims to take sailing to communities involved with the America’s Cup, as first launched in Bermuda, was also introduced to New York. Tucker Thompson and Russell Coutts welcomed the kids, with the Auld Mug in attendance, and a sailor from each team met with the young sailors before they headed […]

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series – Steve Colgate & Offshore Sailing School

Steve Colgate. Offshore sailor, Olympian, US Sailing Hall of Fame member, boat designer and owner of Offshore Sailing School (Florida, Tortola, New York) and above all as he says “a lover of sailing”. Steve’s career and passion are unwavering, spanning from his first time in a boat at nine years old, to now at almost […]

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series – New York Press Conference

Check out the discussion with the skippers of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Brookfield Place New York. Topics include the expected America’s Cup being back in NY, and who are the biggest “threats”, to the unexpected wine and cheese, how the skippers might celebrate a win in NYC, and comparison between the […]

Island of dreams

Les Voiles De Saint-Barth. What an event! I will definitely be back for this amazing regatta next year – way too much action on and off the water. I was lucky enough to be out taking photos during all of the racing, and also while exploring the island of Saint-Barth itself. You can also check […]

Sailor Girl in Texas

I flew into Dallas, Texas on Monday on my way to the Caribbean for two VX One regattas. Now I don’t know about you, but having never been to Texas before, I don’t usually immediately associate “Texas” and sailing. My goodness was I way off the mark! It was fantastic to be shown around by […]

“Making waves”

It has been so nice to be at home in Milton on the South Coast of NSW for the past week. I moved “home” from Sydney just over a year ago when I knew I wanted to spend most of the year away “adventuring” at various sailing events. I am finally unpacking! A big thanks […]

A water repelling “adventure”

I travelled overnight on Monday to be at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron on Tuesday morning for the announcement of the Australian Olympic Committee’s partnership with Zhik as an Official Supplier to the Australian Olympic Team for Rio 2016. Zhik unveiled, with the help of Lisa Darmanin, Jason Waterhouse and Will Ryan, the sailing uniform […]

Has talk of prostitution been put to bed?

Friday flashback to a piece I wrote for the Breeze Studio reflecting on the first America’s Cup event in Bermuda. Has Talk Of Prostitution Been Put To Bed? You can watch the videos from the event below…

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series 2016 – Oman Final Day!

The full wrap of the final day of racing at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event in Oman, the fourth leading towards Bermuda 2017. Interviews with Glenn Ashby of Emirates Team New Zealand on their third in Oman and still being on top of the leader board overall, Dean Barker on SoftBank Japan’s […]

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman 2016 – Day 1

Interviews with Jimmy Spithill (Oracle Team USA) on what they need to improve on tomorrow, Glenn Ashby (Emirates Team NZ) a succinct chat on looking to tomorrow, Adam Minoprio (Groupama Team France) on his first day of America’s Cup racing, and leader Ben Ainslie (Land Rover BAR) talking about the last minute crew change and […]

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series 2016 – Oman Practice Race Day

Today was the official press conference, as well as the official practice racing for the first Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event for 2016 in Muscat, Oman. Check out the video for highlights from the press conference, including Groupama Team France skipper, Franck Cammas talking about his injury on the GC32 that has seen […]

JJ Giltinan 2016 brought to you by www.AppliancesOnline.com.au

All the results and all the action with the winners and characters for this year’s JJ Giltinan. First up with the winners, Smeg, Congratulations! Then onto father and son team, Steve and Tom Quigley, runners up and final back to back heat winners, Yamaha, third placed www.AppliancesOnline.com.au including an announcement on Team Ragamuffin, and a […]

Rolex Farr 40 Worlds – The winners!

Interviews with Jeff Carter of Edake, the winning Corinthian, and Alex Roepers of Plenty, the overall winners. Consistency and staying clean pays off! So awesome xx

Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2016 – Crichton/Fischer/Walker day 3

Interviews with Wolfgang Schaefer of Struntje Light (boat of the day), Stephen Barlow of Forty, Rod Jones of Kindergarten, and Alex Roepers of Plenty. Enjoy, last day tomorrow!! x

Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2016 – Quantum Sails Race Day 2

Quantum Sails race day, day 2 of the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2016 was sailed in Sydney Harbour today in a 12-18 knot Sou’Easterly. Check out interviews with Guido Belgiorno-Nettis of Transfusion, Rob Pitts from Double Black, Helmut and Evan Jahn from Flash Gordon 6 and Alex Roepers from Plenty. More tomorrow! Sailor Girl x

Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2016 – John Calvert-Jones Day 1

Interviews for the John Calvert-Jones opening day of the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2016. Interviews with Jeff Carter of Edake, who is fourth overall and won race 3, Helmut and Evan Jahn from Flash Gordon 6 who won race 1, and are third overall (tied for second), Alex Roepers of Plenty who is leading overall, […]

Farr 40 Sydney Open – Day 3

“Plenty” of consistency today with Alex Roepers and his team wrapping the Sydney Open with a race to spare. Was great to catch up with him on his preparation for the worlds next week, as well as Martin Hill, the skipper of second placed Estate Master, and Evan Walker, the tactician of top Corinthian boat, […]

Farr 40 Sydney Open – Day 2

Interviews with “Boat of the Day” Struntje Light skipper Wolfgang and Martin Hill of Estate Master currently on equal second, with lots of on water footage too! The 2014 Farr 40 world champion Plenty (Alex Roepers, USA), increased its lead in second day of the Sydney Open championship with continued consistency in a fleet of […]

Farr 40 Sydney Open – Day 1

The Farr 40 Sydney Open regatta, a warm-up for the world championship next week, opened in a light and shifty breeze on Sydney Harbour today with different winners in three short-course races and boats at the front of the 12-boat fleet taking their turn at the back. Check out interviews with Gordon Ketelbey, Jahn Helmut […]

MC38 Nationals 2016: Final result closer than close!

A three-way tie for first that was decided on a countback… You can’t get racing much closer than that! Chats with David Chapman, tactician of double-defending team Ginger as well as his skipper Leslie Green, John Bacon the skipper of Dark Star and his “bowman” Callum Cecil who slipped from first to third in the […]

MC38 Nationals 2016: Day 2 was addictive!

Day 2 of racing for the MC38 Nationals was just addictive. Tactical and tight, all the way around the track, and man was it great to be in amongst the action (plenty of on water footage!). Today I spoke with Murray Gordon, the tactician from Vino, a new team for him after several seasons with […]

MC38 Nationals 2016: Day 1 interviews and on water action

What a day… a broken and a severed finger tip (hugs Peter and Tommy), broaches galore, and as you might have guessed, plenty of breeze for day 1 at the MC38 National Championships from Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Interviews and on board action with Will Tiller of Menace and Adam Beashel of Hooligan who […]

MC38 Nationals 2016: An adventure with Dark Star

The MC38 Nationals kick off in Australia from today through until Sunday, and I jumped at the chance to have a sail with Dark Star in their final training session before the event! What an amazing (and seriously gorgeous) boat ! Can’t wait to be on the ground, and on the water, for all three […]

Farr 40 Nationals 2016 wraps up ahead of ‘Downunder’ Worlds

The Farr 40 Australia Nationals was an awesome event, showing a great resurgence for the class in Australia ahead of the Worlds which will be held out of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron not this, but next week. Ten boats, tight racing and multiple heat winners made for three days of down to the wire […]

Transfusion steams ahead

All the action from day 2 of the Farr 40 Australian National Championships! Can’t wait to head to the dock tomorrow to do the wrap up interviews with the fleet… and of course in just under a fortnight be on the ground for the World Championships! The Transfusion train is steaming away from the other […]

Sydney storm forces Farr 40s ashore on nationals opening day

I can’t wait to be on the dock for the final day of racing on Sunday! Check out what happened on day 1 for the Farr 40 Australia Nationals below! – Sailor Girl Two races into the Farr 40’s Australian Championship the fleet was ordered ashore for safety reasons as an afternoon storm approached Sydney […]

Farr 40 Australian Nationals preview – Lang Walker is back!

I took the opportunity today to sit down with Lang Walker to chat about his return to sailing, Farr 40 sailing, why he likes the Farr 40 class in general, and of course the Nationals that are coming up this weekend, ahead of the Worlds in Australia in a fortnight. I am really looking forward […]

Sunfish strikes back…?!??

We hit something today… Chances it was a sunfish?? Slim – but that is what we call an unidentified semi-submersed solid object yes…??? Bang, crunch and a little squeal from me :p

35th Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race

First adventure for 2016 is underway, the 35th Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race starting on the dot at 1300 AEST today off Barrenjoey Head north of Sydney, Australia. Thanks to Michael Chittenden for the amazing images from up on the headland! I was on the ground at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club […]

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2015: wrap and final interview for 2015

Wow…. I wrapped up the Rolex Sydney Hobart for 2015 on board Primitive Cool this afternoon at Constitution Dock, and then just when I thought I was finished for 2015, I ran into the Balance team, winners on IRC for this year’s Hobart at the airport. Check out my wrap, and my final interview for […]

WA, TAS and SA represent + Clipper winners!

Catch ups with Indian – Craig Carter’s WA entry, Helsal 3 – the only Tasmanian finishers, The Goat – popular Sydney entry, and Wendy Tuck, Kat and Craig Greenhill from the winning Clipper entry, Da Nang! Plenty of other action that didn’t make the cut – what happens in Hobart, stays in Hobart 😉 xxx

The Derwent can be cruel or kind

Teasing Machine, who looked to be in the box seat to claim the Rolex Sydney Hobart on IRC, and Celestial were both defeated by the Derwent this morning as they drifted to the finish well over five hours beyond what was first estimated. Quickpoint Azzuro meanwhile around the Cape has blistering pace, basically at or […]

IRC shaping up in Hobart; Balance, Rags 52 and Primitive Cool

7th, 8th and 9th on line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart for 2015 chat with Nic about their race experience and, in the case of Balance, the Ragamuffin TP52 and Primitive Cool, a potential showing in the overall IRC results… By morning we will have a better idea of how it is all going […]

Maserati, Chinese Whisper & Ichi Ban with a hint of “Magenta”

Dockside chats with Liz Wardley from Maserati, Rupert Henry from Chinese Whisper and Sophie Ciszeck and Matt Allen from Ichi Ban (4th, 5th and 6th on line honours). Great to chat about the conditions, the ups and downs, everything in between and what might be coming up next. Make sure you follow the Magenta Project, […]

Rags & Rambler podium, while Wild Oats XI watches on…

More from Constitution Dock. I caught up with Rags & Rambler following their battle up the Derwent to take second and third on line honours earlier today (within four minutes of each other), and also Wild Oats XI on their reasons for retiring. David Witt, from Team Ragamuffin spoke to me about the team’s first […]

The finish and dockside with Comanche

Comanche has done it. Following a retirement, and getting themselves back in the race, the boat from Newport R.I. has won the Rolex Sydney Hobart on line honours, the first international boat since Alfa Romeo in 2009. Enjoy the action from on Constitution Dock including the emotion, and just who made the call and repairs […]

Comanche has rounded Tasman Light!

Comanche has rounded Tasman Light and is expected by 2100 AEST here in Hobart. Check out the latest update from Sailor Girl direct from Constitution Dock, a full rundown of the race so far, including all of the ups and downs, all of the retirees right through the fleet and why – and what we […]

The start of the “Great Race”

Join the Rolex Sydney Hobart adventure live from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia for all of the on-the-dock action right through the fleet, from Richo to Hicko, Tasmania to Airlie, and maxis to thirty-something footers! It’s all on, brought to you by Zhik, and an awesome team of guest hosts joining the Sailor Girl, […]

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2015: Long Range Weather Forecast

The weather for this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart start was of great media interest this morning, with one model yesterday showing conditions similar to the brutal 1998 Hobart. This is thankfully unlikely. Check out this video for the long range weather forecast briefing this morning at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia with key navigators […]

SOLAS Big Boat Race 2015 – commentary and interviews

The SOLAS Big Boat Race for 2015 didn’t disappoint with four maxis as well as four of the smaller mini maxis playing on Sydney Harbour. Wild Oats XI ran away with the race, followed by Rambler 88 and then Perpetual Loyal. The smaller boats were some distance behind following an individual recall for Chinese Whispers, […]

Sailing World Cup Melbourne

Sailing World Cup Melbourne was massive, and then we finished with medal race day. Bit on dot com – but it was awesome to be on the ground not only commentating but also doing all of the medal presentations! Enjoy!  

Sailing World Cup Melbourne: Paralympic athletes are awesome!

A quick catch up with the amazing Australian Paralympic Sailors. They love the sport more than most, and man are they good at it too! So great to MC their presentation at Sailing World Cup Melbourne this evening. Bring on live TV for the medal races tomorrow! Preview and interview below…

Sailing World Cup Melbourne: World Sailing social takeover and plenty of breeze!

A big day at Sailing World Cup Melbourne today – with plenty of breeze, plenty of postponements and my opportunity to take over the World Sailing social media channels! Periscope video 1 Periscope video 2 Periscope video 3 Had a bit of fun on Periscope. Tomorrow I will be chatting with the general public – […]

Sailing World Cup Melbourne: OptiOlympics & youth in the spotlight

A day that started off with the OptiOlympics and ended with so many catch ups with youth sailors was never going to be bad! Hope you enjoy the action from day 2 of Sailing World Cup Melbourne. Make sure you watch the wrap at the end xx Sailing World Cup Melbourne Day 2: Hansen & […]

Sailing World Cup Melbourne: Day 1 action stations!

Sailing World Cup Melbourne day 1 was the first day for “World Sailing” under it’s new name (previously ISAF), and what a day to mark down in the history books. A building sea breeze off the St. Kilda Sailing Precinct set the scene for a great day of racing across all fleets, and the proximity […]

AUSTRALIAN SAILING TEAM: Rio 2016 announcements

This week the Australian Sailing Team announced the first of their athletes that will be competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. I spoke with Victor Kovalenko, head coach and Jason Waterhouse & Lisa Darmanin. Congratulations to the whole team (on and off the water) and in particular to Nath Outteridge and Iain Jensen (49er, […]

PARA WORLD SAILING: A windy day in Williamstown

On a blustery day last week in Williamstown I was lucky enough to catch up with some amazing sailors; Dee Smith who sails the 2.4 and went on to finish sixth, Amy Barnbrook who sails the Skud 18, and Liesl Tesch who has just been crowned World Champion with her skipper Dan Fitzgibbon. What a […]

Action from the CYCA: Musto International Youth MR

Harry Price and his team of Murray Jones, Ben Robinson and Jack Hubbard took the win in the Musto International last week. Was great to catch up with the team on the ground to chat about the season, and what is up next! More adventures… www.AdventuresofaSailorGirl.com @SailorGirl218 – Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat Thanks for joining the adventures – […]

Extreme Sailing Series 2015 – Catch up with 33 South Racing

33 South Racing is the new team on the block for the final leg Extreme Sailing Series receiving the wild card entry for Sydney. The team dropped past the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia yesterday to say hello, and I headed out for a sail as well. Love the Extremes, and great to be back […]

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2015 – Launch

The launch of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (RSHYR) for 2015 was held today at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. I took the opportunity to catch up with Mark Richards (Richo) multiple overall winner handicap and line honours with Wild Oats XI (WOXI), Roger Hickman (Hicko), last year’s overall winner, and Shane Kearns […]

METSTRADE: Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard wrap and preview

Nick Bice gives the run down on how the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard worked for the 2014-15 race, and what can be expected for the industry leading forward into the 2017-18 race. Great watching, including updates on the potential stopovers for the next race… Sailor Girl xx More adventures… www.AdventuresofaSailorGirl.com @sailorgirl218 Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Snapchat/YouTube

METSTRADE: Sailor Girl safety picks!

Sailing is a sport that we all love, but safety has to be a major concern for us all. There are some pretty incredible safety products on display at METSTRADE for 2015, but my two picks were Dame Award safety winners for 2015, who also took out the overall Dame Award win, Spinlock with their […]

SailingLog and Sailor Girl

SailingLog by BoatBook, the world’s first free automatic logbook, now celebrating one million recorded miles, has come on board as a “friend” and supporter of the Sailor Girl. This will act on two levels, providing the ability to track the Sailor Girl on her adventures, while also providing financial support. Even though the App is […]

You cannot script this stuff

Wow… Wow wow wow!!! You cannot script the fairy tale that was today, with Artemis Racing taking the win after chaos, and the young challenging team of Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) getting a bit of resurgence following the 34th America’s Cup defeat with their victory overall. What a day on the race course and […]

Not the right kind of foiling

What a day. No racing again for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, but today due to no wind, rather than excessive breeze as in Portsmouth earlier this year. It means that tomorrow we will be looking at three shorter races, that will all be double points. So there is a bit on for […]

Action from on the land, as she was a bit quiet on the water

The official practice race day at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events also means the official press conference. There was a good bit of banter today; with Nathan Outteridge covering a few of the issues Artemis Racing had in Gothenburg but how the team is moving forward, and also between Sir Ben Ainslie […]

Catching up with the local kids and the AC Endeavour Program

Wow. I cannot stop smiling. I met an amazing bunch of local Bermudian kids this afternoon at the launch of the America’s Cup Endeavour Program! Also got to chat with Hayden Menzies from Artemis Racing who won the RS Feva race at the launch, where AC sailors were paired with local youth sailors. The Endeavour […]

Catching up with Iain Murray in Bermuda

The final event of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Bermuda is warming up, with unofficial practice today, and practice racing tomorrow before racing on Saturday and Sunday. With all eyes on Bermuda as the new home of Oracle Team USA, and host of the 35th America’s Cup in 2017, I took the […]

Kite Foil Gold Cup wraps up and Sailor Girl kiting??!

The Kite Foil Gold Cup circuit has wrapped in Townsville Australia for the second year running this week, with Maxime Norcher taking the tour overall, followed by Johnny Heineken, Nico Parlier and Axel Mazalla. The SeaLink leg of the tour in Townsville, sailed the week after my Tasar Nationals, was raced in exceptionally breezy conditions, […]

Wow! I spy with my little eye two boats training!

Amazing to see USA Team Oracle launch their second boat today, even more amazing to see the two boats out training. Docking out footage, and footage from on the course from above! Bermuda is an amazing race track, no doubt about that!

World Match Racing Tour 2015 – Argo Gold Cup Bermuda

Despite exceptionally light and variable air on the final day of racing at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda today, the finals were an intense affair for spectators and competitors alike with a number of to-the-wire finishes. It was former World Champions BlackMatch on their return to the World Match Racing Tour after a two year hiatus with Adam Minoprio (NZL) on the helm who charged home to […]

43rd Australian Tasar National Championships – Launching Timelapse

The view of 61 Tasars launching for day 1 of our 43rd National Championship at the Townsville Sailing Club. 45 minutes of footage squeezed into less than three minutes. Shot on the GoPro Hero+ from the verandah of where I am staying. We were the first boat out. Check out the incoming tide! Amazing!

Kitefoiling Gold Cup 2015 – Townsville – Nico & Ricky

While I am in Townsville for the 43rd Tasar Nationals, was great to chat with Nico Parlier and Ricky Leccese on the upcoming Kitefoiling Gold Cup stage, as well as the basics. Nico is currently tied for the tour lead, and won last year’s final stage here in Townsville. Will he be on top at […]

Bart’s Bash 2015

A few catch ups with sailors in Sydney; Optis, the YNSW Laser Squad and a couple of Moth ring ins before the Bart’s Bash event from Woollahra Sailing Club. You can donate any day, just not on 21 September at www.BartsBash.com to help encourage young people in our amazing sport, and to remember Andrew Simpson. […]

Highlights show from 12 weeks in Europe!

The first Adventures of a Sailor Girl radio show for some time, packed with action from the Sailor Girl’s twelve week stint in Europe. Listen below to the show on Mixcloud (streaming with music), or via the Sailor Girl App (stream or Podcast). The Show Line Up – Sailing News in 60 seconds-ish (1:05) – Ian […]

And then there were 12…

So… here I am back at London Heathrow Airport, awaiting departure after 12 weeks in Europe. 12 weeks… Wow. Some quick stats for the past 12 weeks… more airports, marinas and freeways on the Adventures of a Sailor Girl… 12 events covered (13 media centres) 19 airport visits (8 individual airports) 18 marinas one “million” freeways […]

America’s Cup World Series – Gothenburg – Day 2

The interviews from day 2 of the America’s Cup World Series in Gothenburg! But what went down in the racing? It was a complete mix up on yesterday with local team Artemis Racing coming back from a capsize on the practice race day, and running aground yesterday to take a bullet in race one. Emirates […]

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series – Gothenburg – Day 1

The Sailor Girl was loving being out on the water for day 1, and made it back on shore just in time to chat to five of the six teams today. So how did the racing go down? Two from two for Oracle Team USA on day one of the second America’s Cup World Series in […]

The “Slownet” and what’s next – Ken Read and Brad Jackson

Brad Jackson in Portsmouth post Fastnet Brad Jackson took some time out of his busy schedule post Fastnet Race to sit down with me and chat about the Rambler 88 program as well as the Volvo Ocean Race, both Team SCA and whether we will see him back in a boat again any time soon! […]

Americas Cup World Series 2015 – Gothenburg – Skippers Press Conference

The press conference with the skippers at the Americas Cup World Series Gothenburg on 28 August 2015. The skippers cover everything from how Artemis Racing found themselves capsized and why Emirates Team NZ pulled out of the racing, to how it is for Ben and Jimmy to be racing against each other and how Softbank […]

One year until Rio 2016

Congratulations to all of the medallists at the Rio 2016 ISAF Test Event, but also those who didn’t medal, and the mass of support crews and families behind all of the sailors. Olympic sailing is a tough road that is often underrated due to the public perception of our sport, and I have to say […]

No records, but plenty of smiles at Fastnet finish

I am now calling it #rainmouth, but all are happy here in Plymouth despite a very tricky 2015 Rolex Fastnet race (now known as #slownet). Was great (although wet) to meet Team SCA on the dock this afternoon. A quick turnaround and they are already heading back to Gosport. Check out the video below – […]

Back in Magenta

Fantastic to see Team SCA back in action at Cowes Week, and now in the Fastnet Race which kicked off (slowly) yesterday! To check out a video I did for the team below… I will be there to meet all the teams on the dock in Plymouth, so stand by for lots of on the dock action […]

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week – Ladies Day!

Team SCA Ladies Day wouldn’t be complete without chatting with some of my favourite sailor girls! Team SCA are back, and it was fantastic to chat to Annie Lush, Sally Barkow, Sara Hastreiter, and winner of the Ladies Day Award, Libby Greenhalgh! #weareteamsca The Concise Crew Enjoying a bit of the Cowes Week hospitality with […]

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week – Day 3!

Guy Bridge – Foiling Kite Boarder Guy Bridge is a 15 year old who today set a record for kite surfing around the Isle of Wight. He has some pretty big ambitions, and all of us at Adventures of a Sailor Girl love it! Enjoy! Paul Wilcox – Tonnerre IV After an average day for […]

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week – Day 2 adventures!

VX One Class at Cowes Week Roger Phillips sailed a VX One for the first time today and absolutely sent it with his crew Tom Compton, and Nathan Batchelor from Ovington Boats. Love this class, I was very jealous of the action in the sports boat class today! J70 Class – RAF Benevolent Fund Spitfire […]

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week – UKSA #seachange!

UKSA is the official charity of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week… and wow, amazing to chat with UKSA Ambassador Sarah Ayton, a multiple Olympic medallist, OBE and mum about this brilliant organisation while on the ground here in Cowes! Enjoy, Sailor Girl x A chat with UKSA head of branding Will Myles on what the […]

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week – Day 1 – Oceanara

Day 1 of Cowes Week, and I somehow ended up on the water! A big thanks to one of our fellow adventurers for offering me the ride. Ended up sailing with the Oceanara team on one of the 25 Sunsail Beneteau First 40’s in the fleet here at Cowes. This interview is with James “Irish”, […]

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week – Day 1 – Chappo

While the boats have been postponed on the dock for at least two hours in Cowes, was great to catch up with regular adventurer David “Chappo” Chapman on his adventures over the past few months. He will be sailing in the quarter tonner class for Cowes Week! More updates from Cowes Week and the Fastnet […]

World Match Racing Tour – Sopot Match Race – Finals day!

Interviews and highlights with all of the key players from the semi finals and finals at Energa Sopot Match Race, part of the World Match Racing Tour. Bjorn Hansen, Karol Jablonski, Ian Williams and the winning skipper, Nicolai Sehested of Trefor Match Racing!

World Match Racing Tour – Sopot Match Race – Day 3

The action from the final three flights of the qualifying round and all the quarter final happenings at Energa Sopot Match Race including so many whistles we were all spinning! Interviews with all four semi-finalists: Jablonski, Williams, Sehested and Hansen! Enjoy, Sailor Girl xx

World Match Racing Tour – Sopot Match Race – Day 2

Day 2 is done and dusted. Jablonski leads the way with nine wins and two losses, great to chat with him in English and Polish. Was definitely a dramatic day, with more than a few broaches, and a mast breakage. Catch my chat with David Gilmour on just what happened in his match against Williams, […]

World Match Racing Tour – Sopot Match Race – Day 1

All of the action from day 1 of Energa Sopot Match Race, on and in the water… Intrigued…? Includes Chris Main having a little swim (pics thanks to Robert Hadjuk of Shuttersail), the Gilmour boys fighting it out and plenty of drone footage of the venue and boats (thanks to Brian Carlin!). Hansen leads the […]

ACWS Portsmouth: One day down but plenty of action!

America’s Cup World Series Day 2 Portsmouth – Wrap up! Everyone was ready for some more ACWS racing today except for the weather. With winds well outside of the recommended 25 knots the organisers had no choice but to abandon racing. Hear from five of the six skippers: Nathan Outteridge – Artemis Racing, Franck Cammas […]

Dreaming of Skiff Sundays

I have now been in Europe for a little over six weeks… And while I know it is freezing at home in Sydney (hope all the adventurers at home are making the most of the awesome snow!), it is also a rainy and cold Sunday here in the UK! Well maybe not cold for the […]

J/70 Worlds 2015

Here are the clips from the J/70 Worlds in La Rochelle, June 2015 from day one right through to day 4! Commentary for the live racing with myself and Alan Block, highlights reels by Petey Crawford of Penalty Box Productions, with imagery from Sander Van Der Borch, and the behind the scenes team of Meredith Block, […]

24 hours

There is something about sailing that draws people from all walks of life, perhaps it is the speed, the exotic locations, or just the challenge of it all. For me it is the challenge of man and machine against Mother Nature with all her might and ferocity. And atop all sailing endeavors is the infamous […]

World Match Racing Tour – Stena Match Cup Sweden 2015

The Master of Marstrand Congratulations to Hansen Sailing Team on their fourth straight victory, and fifth victory in Marstrand! No wonder Bjorn Hansen was inducted into the Stena Match Cup Hall of Fame earlier in the week, he is truly the “Master of Marstrand”! Interviews and footage from all of the finals including Keith Swinton, […]

Volvo Ocean Race: The finale!

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 – Stacey Jackson – When will we next see the magenta?! This edition of the Volvo Ocean Race is done! Was fantastic to catch up with Stacey Jackson, of Team SCA; a fellow sailor girl, someone I have sailed with, and a friend after SCA’s second in the In-Port race today, […]

Extreme action in Cardiff

From the Volvo Ocean Race, to the Figaro, to the ISAF World Cup and a visit to the Ben Ainslie Racing base, I just couldn’t miss the Extreme Sailing Series action in Cardiff. Even though the accommodation was a bit steep, and I had a bus and a big trek with my bags to deal […]

Wicked Weymouth

On return to the 2012 Olympic venue there were quite a few sailors out to prove to the masses, as much as themselves that they have what it takes to take Gold at the next venue. I caught up with five of the winners, Burling & Tuke (49er, NZL), Marit Bouwmeester (Radial, NED), McNay & Hughes […]

Another day, but not just another Volvo stopover!

Well if you had asked me where Lorient was a week ago I would not have been able to tell you. I now know that there are a group of magenta clad ladies as well as some yellow donned chaps and both of their support teams who will never forget where the little French port […]

Newport – On water adventures

On the water for the in port race and leg 7 start in Newport Wow! Wasn’t the Volvo Ocean Race Newport stopover an event to be a part of, so lucky! Here are the adventures from on the water for the in port race, and the start of leg 7! Over 131,500 people were also […]

Sailor Girl heaven – Newport, Rhode Island

Wow… It feels like I am in Sailor Girl heaven. Everywhere I go there is someone to talk to about sailing, with an adventure to share. Every shop has some item that is nautical, from a key hanger, to a scarf with printed anchors, to actual sailing kit in multiple stores… This town was built […]

I am not sure how I am going to top this…

For those who have been following the adventure, you may know that I am still recovering from an amazing two weeks in New Zealand and Sydney at global level sailing events… From my Volvo Ocean Race dock walk in my previous post, to this week’s Sunset Radio show, I have been overwhelmed by the new […]

The “Dock Walk”

So… Apparently my gift for speaking can sometimes be put to good use, especially when it comes to talking about sailing – occupational win! Sit back, and listen in to the “silence” that I was happy to fill on the dock in Auckland… It was a strange atmosphere; with a four day delay, the Volvo […]

7 takes 7!

Well that is it, 7 has managed to take 7 JJ wins, and I was there for all of the action. Check out my videos in the playlist below from the start to the finish, and then be sure to tune into my radio show for a full run through of all the action from […]

I have a crush on…

Come on… admit it… you have at some time or another crushed hard on… a boat. It’s true… don’t lie to me! Be it a Moth, a J-Class, or hey… maybe an 18ft Skiff? This week two of my loves, skiffs and Sydney Harbour are coming together in what is the 2015 JJ’s and I […]

Sailor Girl summer

Wow… what a summer so far. From the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge, to the Extreme Sailing Series, Rolex Sydney Hobart, Tasar Worlds, Moth Worlds and Spiral Nationals I have covered yachts at the highest level, to catamarans, raced my own dinghies and chased those of the foiling kind. Now I am back to normal pace […]

Adventures might be an understatement

Wow… I know I have in your eyes potentially been a bit slack… but in reality, nothing could be more far from the truth. It’s amazing how much one little Sailor Girl can achieve in one month. From live media, to sailing at world level (hence prepping for the ice bath above), and back again. […]

T-Shirt Etiquette and other preparations…

What a week, and wow there is some action to come as well. To bring you up to my head spinning state… Last weekend I was in Western Australia for the WA Tasar State Championships at the venue for the Tasar 2015 World Champs. We had an awesome weekend in the “south-west” including a trip […]

30 shows and counting!

Can you believe this week Adventures of a Sailor Girl will be racking up the 30th regular broadcast? Looking back it is amazing to see just how far Adventures of a Sailor Girl has come, the events we have been involved with, and most importantly, the adventures we have been able to share with you […]

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week!

Well I think I can quite honestly describe myself as exhausted. Happily exhausted, but far out! What an amazingly intense week here at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. I broadcast daily from the event, I was on the water every day, with two days of sailing, AND I even managed to MC the Henri Lloyd […]

Hamilton Island Race Week 2014 #1

All the adventures and news from the first day of racing at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week! Interviews with Brad Stephens of XP (provisionally 2nd in IRC Passage), and Matt Owen of Local Hero (provisionally 1st in IRC Passage) and Matt Chew (skipper) and Ash Deeks (tactician) of Alive Yachting (provisionally 1st in IRC racing). […]

Vision Surveys Airlie Beach Race Week!

Wow! What an amazing few days at Airlie Beach… so sorry I haven’t been keeping you up to date! In between all of the sailing with Ichi Ban (zoom!), the travel to North Queensland (wow!), the amazing on location broadcasts (so lucky!), and the little hack of my website (yes thanks to the guys who […]

Airlie Beach Race Week 2014 #2

The second broadcast from Airlie Beach Race Week including interviews with Denis Thompson, and Kevin Wilson and audio from the Sailor Girl’s own adventures on the Carkeek 60, Ichi Ban! http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/785806420-nicdouglass-airlie-beach-race-week-2014-2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

Two sleeps!

So it’s two sleeps until I head North for the 25th Vision Surveys Airlie Beach Race Week! Woohoo, I can’t wait… and I may have mentioned it a few times in my show tonight! “Sailing news in sixty seconds” kicked off the show, with a recap of the AST’s results at the Rio test event […]

Adventures of a Sailor Girl #18

Two sleeps until the 25th Vision Surveys Airlie Beach Race Week! “Sailing news in sixty seconds”, a recap of the AST’s results at the Rio test event two years before the Olympics including a replay of an interview with Tom Burton. An interview with Nicole Kidman, TASA President regarding the potential closing of Somerton YC […]

Selfie

What a weekend! I was out on the water training both days… and loving it! Starting to wind up my program on my way to the Tasar Worlds in January. This week my radio guests include the legendary Mike “Fletch” Fletcher (also my coach), and the newest holder of the GC32 speed record, Josh McKnight, […]

Adventures of a Sailor Girl #17

Another week, and another collection of adventures! Guests include Mike “Fletch” Fletcher (legend), Josh McKnight (3rd Moth Worlds and GC32 speed record holder), Steve McConaghy (tactician on Celestial, Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast IRC winner), Brett Avery and Rob Date (Scarlett Runner, winner of Pacific Cup), and Paul Blundell (Buoyed Up). Awesome action, enjoy! http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/785044555-nicdouglass-adventures-of-a-sailor-girl-17.mp3Podcast: […]

Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast wrap

You would think that I would have a chance for any adventures this weekend besides an amazing outdoor broadcast for the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast, including live interviews and start coverage. My show on Sunday opened with regular segment “Sailing News in Sixty Seconds”, recapped my outdoor broadcast, and closed with a few of […]