24 December 2023
Nic Douglass, also known as the ‘Sailor Girl’, is a renowned Australian sailor, commentator, presenter, multi-platform journalist and personality.
Nic started sailing at a young age and has been successful in numerous international regattas and championships including three World Championships and two Grade 1 Match Racing wins. Her love for the sport led her to pursue a career in sailing journalism and broadcast, where she has become a well-respected and prominent figure in the sailing world especially in regard to diversity and inclusion.
“We are in a time of real growth for women sailors, thanks to all of our supporters, and so many women forging a path, but there is still a lot of work to do,” Nic stated.
SheSails is a great way for us to all come together in Australia with a common goal of promoting more women sailors on the water, and more women in the sailing industry as a whole. I’m proud to be able to combine forces with SheSails, to help promote the amazing network that is available to women who want to sail, at whatever level they choose, and also to promote working together across clubs, events and classes to get more women on the water more often!”
Nic was the on-site host and English Announcer for VIPs, Athletes, Officials, Sport Personnel, and all Victory Ceremonies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (Sailing), is currently the Global Adrenaline Lounge Host for the SailGP and was the “Attack Reporter” for World Sailing and Sunset + Vine at the World Sailing Championship at The Hague in 2023.
Nic is well known for her engaging host skills. She managed and hosted the Discover Sailing & Paddling Hub stage at the Sydney International Boat Show including a women’s panel. Followed quickly by hosting and managing the sailing for the second year running at Hamilton Island Race Week 2023, where she aided in planning the inaugural women sailors and supporters network evening for the regatta.
Apart from her media work, Nic is also involved in community sailing initiatives, particularly those aimed at getting more women and young people involved in the sport. She is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in sailing and works tirelessly to promote these values.
Her passionate advocacy for diversity and inclusion is evident through her mentorship in the Magenta Project, supporting aspiring sailors and fostering a more diverse landscape in sailing.
Nic was an inspirational speaker at Australian Sailing’s last SheSails National Conference in October, click here to view the SheSails Leadership Conference.
In 2023, she was awarded the SheSails Award by Australian Sailing – NSW/ACT to acknowledge her contributions to women in sailing.
Nic will be promoting SheSails at the various women sailors and supporters events over the coming year such as at the finish of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart, at the Festival of Sails in Geelong, at Hamilton Island Race and in line with SailGP events to name but a few.
Keep an eye out for the upcoming SheSails and Sailor Girl collaboration events coming to regattas near you!