Posts Tagged ‘nic douglass’
The story of Anthony Bell’s road to the ultimate Aussie racing prize is epic and quintessentially Australian. Picked up for a firesale price after nearly killing her entire crew in the Fastnet, this beast of a boat would throw obstacle after obstacle at Bell and his team over the past three years, until finally, the Perpetual Loyal (nee Speedboat) got it right this past week. Bell picks up not only the first-to-finish trophy but also the overall Hobart race record, smashing Wild Oats‘ 2012 time by more than four hours – something not even the mighty Comanche could pull off. WOXI was knocked out for the second straight year.
We’ve enjoyed Bell and his crews’ attitude over the years, and we’re intrested to hear about the ‘different sailing challenges’ he has said he’s moving on to now that he is ready to sell the big JuanK beast – at what is probably a much higher price than she’d have fetched before the team’s excellent performance…
Always precisely where the action is, Nic “Sailor Girl” Douglass sat down with a guy that embodies the kind of sacrifice and work ethic exemplified by the campaign. The above video features Loyal boat captain Brad Kellett – the youngest sailor to participate in 25 consecutive Hobarts and one of the most respected boat captains in the Southern Hemisphere – and he talked all kinds of pre-race prep with Nic and even let her have a sneaky look around.
She also covered the finish of Perpetual Loyal (she was right on the pin), the dock arrival, champagne, press conference and banter, and interviewed Kellett, Bell & Slingsby live on the dock. A few hours later, when the sun had come up, Brad was still on the boat, spending time with “his girl” when everyone else was in the pub. Champion.
You can see Sailor Girl’s full coverage, including her full pre-start show with over 30 boats, her start commentary, live with the first 14 boats home, Customs House action, and be in the draw to win some free stuff here.
A quick note about media: We’ve long criticized the CYCA and Rolex for years of weak coverage and a resulting lack of international exposure for this exceptional race as well as a lack of interest in improving – or even acknowledging – the problem. We’re glad to see things are changing. While race organizers and their media partners continue to lag other events in understanding how the internet works, their content and media outreach have improved significantly for this year. Even where they are behind, they are lucky to have a spark plug like the Sailor Girl showing them exactly how to do it right. Why they aren’t just paying her to run their social media, podcast, interview world…we have no idea at all.
December 31st, 2016 by admin
Get the inside stories, the boat tours, and whatever else Nic Douglass can come up with, LIVE from the Sydney Hobart Race. For details on Nic’s program, click here.
December 25th, 2016 by admin
We love the attitude on this nearly crushed spectator boat as the five-boat SOLAS Big Boat Challenge gets rolling; listen closely for best effect. For full, stable, HD video of the race, check out the 18 footers guys over here. The Sailor Girl did her own live thang over here.
December 13th, 2016 by admin
It’s been a shitty start to racing at Hamilton Island Race Week with slim-to-fuck-all breeze for the biggest fleet ever assembled for Australia’s biggest offshore regatta. Fortunately there’s plenty to see and do in tropical paradise, and whalewatching was clearly the drug of choice for many during the calms. Nic Douglass grabbed this shot and there are plenty more on Adventures of a Sailor Girl here. Clicky to hear Nic’s interviews from today.
August 23rd, 2016 by admin
The International Moth Worlds continues in Japan this week, with the event again starting off with boat-and-sailor-breaking waves and breeze – just like the 2015 event on Australia’s Mornington Pensinsula.
Injuries and boat breakages have made alphabet soup of a shallow 68-boat fleet lacking all but one of the past ten World Champs, but between the beautiful venue, perfect hospitality, and the looks on these honest-to-goodness Formula 1-style pit girls, nobody’s bitching. And with Nathan, Peter, and Bora off doing their Olympic things, finally the Brits have a shot at taking not only the Ashes, but their first Moth Worlds since Simon Payne in Dubai 2009.
GBR’s Paul Goodison leads Chris Rashley and Rob Greenhalgh in the money spots, while the Aussies – Garda world champ Josh McKnight, big wave specialist Rob Gough, and Class prez Scott Babbage – sit in pouncing position after three days of racing. Aussies and Poms round own the top ten with the lone American in the fleet – Brad Funk – holding 25th place. Full results are here. The Sailor Girl’s got the info on the ground, so go over and check out her interviews right now.
May 28th, 2016 by admin
Adventures of a Sailor Girl’s Nic Douglass and proud papa Rob lead yet another Tasar Aussie Nationals today down in the crocodile country in Townsville, and she just posted this very cool timelapse of the fleet launch this morning. See any crocs? Results here.
October 1st, 2015 by admin
Björn Hansen and his Nautiska Racing Team once-again cemented his dominance over the World Match Race Tour fleet in Marstrand – the recent Sweden Match Cup Hall of Fame (yep, there is such a thing) inductee and the man known as “the Master of Marstand” swept Ian Williams to take his fifth Marstrand title on the 4th of July. With the 2016 Tour headed to the young man’s game that is the M32 catamaran, Hansen relished what will likely be his last win on the circuit.
In far bigger news, M32 builder Håkan Svensson announced on Friday that the winner of the 2016 Tour will be decided not in Malaysia but in Marstrand, and that said winning team of a truncated season will take home a shocking $1 million dollar prize – that’s over and above the usual event prize purse. In a sport where prize money is almost unheard of, a million clams is certainly an eye-opener, and signals the seriousness with which the new owner of the Tour is approaching his vision for the future. Taking Svensson at his word, this would be the biggest cash prize in the history of the sport, and if this doesn’t ignite what was, until this week, the least relevant series in the sport, nothing will.
The WMRT isn’t the first organizer to throw the M word around; Tracey Edwards tried it before with disastrous consequences. But despite the Tour’s previously shaky cash flow, we don’t see the 2016 champ waiting long for their check now that the new Tour owner is involved. Having gotten to know the Swedish entrepreneur well over the years we’ve covered his forays into the sport, we’ve learned that the man doesn’t think small, and he doesn’t think short-term, and he’d sooner lose his home than be known as someone who doesn’t pay his debts. Prospective millionaire cat skippers: It’s time to make the call.
In the above video, Nic Douglass chatted with the Stena Match Cup finalists at the end of the day, and her video has pretty much everything you need to know about the final time we’ll see professional match racing in quarter-century old modified Scandinavian cruising yachts.
July 5th, 2015 by admin
Clean’s obsession with Ted Kravitz’s Formula 1 ‘Notebook’ inspired his series of SA ‘Dock Walks’ this past year, and it’s quickly become a crowd favorite whether at the Melges Worlds, VOR starts, or Key West. Thankfully, awesome Aussie broadcaster Nic Douglass picked up the torch in Auckland, and her 40-minute dock walk gives you ‘the real feel’ of being an insider in a race like this as well as some shit you’d just never see otherwise. It’s long, it’s rambling, and it’s real – and quite a bit more interesting than the pretty but incredibly dull leg start…
Big thanks to Nic for sacrificing her spot on a start boat for this piece, and to photographer Jen Edney for making it all look good. Two sailor chicks of the week? Hell yes.
March 18th, 2015 by admin
Nic Douglass spins up the final radio show of her twenties, guiding you through the big names of sailing last week. Happy Birthday to one of sailing’s most enthusiastic cheerleaders, and be sure to check out the show if you dig match racing, one-design racing, extreme 40s, and the pointy end of the JJ Giltinan fleet. Here’s the guide:
“Sailing news in sixty seconds” (03:05)
Mat Belcher, Australian Sailing Team (05:58)
David Chapman, MC38 Ginger (13:45)
Jason Waterhouse, Red Bull Racing (21:23)
Ian Williams, GAC Pindar 2014/15 WMRT champion (29:06)
Scott Babbage, Gotta Love It 7 (37:00)
Howie Hamlin and Team America (40:38)
Seve Jarvin, Gotta Love It 7 (45:02)
John “Woody” Winning, Yandoo (47:48)
Michael Coxon, Thurlow Fischer Lawyers (51:05)
“Sailor Girl rap” (55:48)
February 16th, 2015 by admin
Nicole Douglass continues to push the boundaries with her ‘Adventures of a Sailor Girl’ show, with the embedded show above perhaps her most ambitious yet; it’s got Ken Read, Tom Slingsby, Nathan Wilmot, Morgan Larson, and plenty more of the cream of the crop at last week’s Extreme show and tomorrow’s big race. We dig what Nic’s doing for the sport, and we are extremely glad so many of the racers are taking the time to get online with young personalities like Nic who are spreading the word…keep it up, boys and girl.
We’re also excited to hear that Douglass’s show will be live for something like 7 hours on Boxing Day right through the start of the Hobart Race, so start your morning (or your Christmas dinner, if you’re in the US) with Nic’s Hobart Race show starting at 0800 local on the 26th; that means Christmas Day for the rest of the world, and the radio show will start at 1600 on the US East Coast.
December 24th, 2014 by admin