World Champion sailor, Nic Douglass, aka ‘Adventures of a Sailor Girl’, has just joined Deckee, the Australian boating safety app, as an official brand ambassador.
Nic joins Deckee’s founding ambassador, Jessica Watson OAM, in an ongoing effort to promote Deckee’s important, safe boating message. To mark the occasion, Deckee launched a new story feature within the app; Nic now has her own marker on the Deckee map to share her adventures and sailing stories. Deckee also updated the search function so that users can search and locate the Sailor Girl easily.
Nic and her dad Rob have won three World Championships (2005, 2009, 2019), eight National Championships and six State Championships together. Nic has been successful on a global scale in Women’s Match Racing, sailed on a foiling IMOCA 60, Wild Oats XI, Comanche, Interlodge and Ichi Ban to name just a few well-known racing yachts, has won the Australian Sailing Sport Promotion Award for three successive years (2016, 2017, 2018).
Locally, there are approximately one million boats registered in Australia and 30,000 new boats are registered every year. What’s more, over one million Australians have a boat license. As a nation that loves the water, one in five Australians claim to be boaties, with one in 23 having access to a boat.
Here Women Love Tech checks in with Nic about her new role with the Deckee app.
Tell us what inspired you to work with Deckee and what inspired the new features you’re part of?
Deckee and Adventures of a Sailor Girl are both on a mission to help as many people enjoy the amazing waterways of our world, as safely as possible – so for me, the partnership is a perfect fit!
I am lucky enough to be a part of a large number of events globally, and my fans love to follow my adventures. So when I partnered with Deckee, I was inspired to launch a new story feature, with my own marker on the app’s map, so I can share my sailing stories with my fans and the Deckee community.
It is exciting to be part of this journey with Deckee – the app is going from strength to strength, doubling their monthly active users in the last 12 months. I’m really looking forward to collaborating further and helping to share boating safety with a wider number of Australians.
What were some of your most memorable sailing adventures?
I am lucky enough to have some incredible adventures under my belt, from crossing oceans to racing at the highest level and on some fairly well-known boats.
It has definitely been special to win three world championships! There were many moments where we overcame psychological, physical and environmental challenges within those campaigns, and the years leading up to them that I am incredibly proud of.
That said, I also love sailing at the other end of the spectrum, some of my favourite cruising memories is a simple sunset over Sydney Harbour.
How does working in tech and as an entrepreneur compare?
Technology has the power to transform boating, not only in the way that we are able to capture our sport, but also to support boating safety. I think that both working in tech as an entrepreneur you have to think ahead, keep pushing, and always try to take yourself and your company to the next level. In both areas, you are driven by innovation and continual development.
I’m really excited to work with Deckee to continue to push to new levels in marine safety and boating tech and see where this journey takes me.
What are your favourite three apps and why?
My favourite three apps;
Deckee – search for the Sailor Girl to find where I’m at!
Whatsapp for staying in touch
Predict Wind for weather routing
MORE ABOUT DECKEE
Deckee is a free boating safety app helping boaters stay safe and informed on the water through real time access to official safety information, points of interest, crowdsourced reports, weather conditions, vessel positions and official safety alerts.
For more information on Deckee or to download the app, visit: deckee.com