Posts Tagged ‘nic douglass’
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
In the audio player above, Our favorite sailor chick/radio host digs deep into Hamilton Island Race Week as Day 2 of the tropical regatta wraps. Nic’s got Seve and Ricko from Wild Oats XI, Gavin Brady from the TP52 Beau Geste, David Chapman from the big MC38 fleet on Ginger and much more, including her own adventures aboard and ashore at a regatta that’s gotta be on everyones ‘s bucket list. Results are here.
August 18th, 2014 by admin
Our favorite blonde bombshell hits the airwaves with another edition of Adventures of a Sailor Girl; for this weekend’s edition, Nic Douglass mixes rock and funk songs with some of Australia’s biggest sailing talents.
At 7:05 – She’s got one of the winningest one-design pros in history on the line and a longtime friend to SA; Darren ‘Twirler’ Jones, a show regular called in from the farm, ahead of going to the Farr 40 Worlds.
At 18:52 – She spoke with Josh Chant, the founder of 33 South Racing, about the scholarship program and where the program is headed (including an Extreme 40).
At 39:18 – Nic got ‘the big get’ with ‘the Big Fella’ – Australian AC Team CEO Iain Murray who took some time out of his busy schedule to chat about the sails, foiling cats, and the America’s Cup.
At 53:05 – Nic gets into the CYCA winter series with her own report from sailing on the Harbour.
Enjoy, and if you dig Nic like we dig Nic, go give her some Facebook love over here.
- Tags: America's Cup, Australia, darren jones, Iain Murray, nic douglass, radio, sailor chick, sydney
June 16th, 2014 by admin
Our gal pal Nic Douglass continues to burn up the internet airwaves with her Adventures of a Sailor Girl radio show, and this week, she says her show was ‘massive!’ We don’t know about that, but we do know that we love this petite blonde dinghy sailor’s attitude and pluck, and encourage you to give her show a listen. It’s an hour’s worth of mostly music peppered by interviews and monologue about racing sailboats. Nic tells us about her show:
At 5:36, we caught up with the awesome Howie Hamlin after his 5o5 North Americans win, and all that is ahead for him this year. So many adventures to draw from that no doubt make him the fantastic sailor that he is today, and always great to talk to!
At 18:00, I managed to catch Red Bull Youth AC skipper Jason Waterhouse straight from the Alps at the GC32 Austria Cup – too awesome! With his team, skippered by Sebastian Cole, they had two bullets just before I spoke to him. Great to hear that all is going well for this dedicated cat sailor.
At 36:13, last but definitely not least, Stacey Jackson, a great friend, called in from the Canary Islands to touch base about all that is happening for Team SCA leading up to the Volvo Ocean Race. She has promised to be in touch regularly, after the Canary Island race, and also following the UK/Ireland race when all the boats should be out racing. We chatted for a decent amount of time off air as well – and it is just amazing to hear what she has been up to.
At 56:30, I talked about my adventure for the week, involving a very serious story about M&M’s post-racing at the CYCA Winter Series race today!
June 4th, 2014 by admin