Date of Birth: 7th December 1988
Lives In: Bournemouth
Grew up: Farnham/Guildford
Nikki is a professional sailor who specialises in solo and shorthanded sailing, having completed the Mini Transat 2015, a solo transatlantic race in a 21ft boat.
Alongside sailing Nikki is a "geek" currently working at the RNLI as a Digital Project Lead, aka saving lives at sea, one spreadsheet at a time!
Both Nikki’s parents are sailors and so Nikki has been in and around boats all her life, stepping foot in her first boat under 1 years of age. Nikki first started sailing Optimists in Emsworth on the local millpond as well as taking part in Easter and summer training courses in Seaview on the Isle of Wight and Frensham Pond. Age 8 she started racing Cadets based from Frensham Pond, first as a crew then as a helm for a total of 7 years. Following on with the 420, 29er, lark and RS800.
Nikki’s family has always had a yacht since she was quite young and holidays often consisted of cruising around the Channel Islands and the North coast of Brittany. From 2004 Nikki started racing on the family J105 and still does today. From round the cans, racing in the Hamble Winter Series and Warsash Spring Series, Nationals and J-cup to longer offshore races in the two-handed division with Royal Southampton and RORC.
In 2010 Nikki had the opportunity to take part in the RORC Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Racing fully crewed on a 40.7, getting round in just over 13 days at sea. Apart from the eight smelly men and lack of deodorant, she thoroughly enjoyed it.
Then in 2011 Nikki entered the RORC Rolex Fastnet, competing on her dads J105 Voador in the two-handed division, with her old Cadet helm Alex Adams. This was a great opportunity and a great race, giving her the chance to run her own campaign and take charge.
After racing double-handed, Nikki started to get a taste for sailing solo, something she had always wanted to try. In 2012 Nikki took part in the Solo Offshore Racing Club (SORC) Channel Week on Voador, a week racing along the South Coast of the UK, starting and finishing in Lymington and reaching as far West as Mylor. Loving every minute, Nikki knew she’d found her calling.
Looking for her next challenge Nikki sent off her application to join the Artemis Offshore Academy. Nikki was selected to join the academy and campaign for the 2013 Mini Transat. The Mini is usually a two year programme and Nikki was up against the clock to qualify in time to get a place. Having completed over 3000 miles in the boat, Nikki qualified for the race as quick as she possibly could, but unfortunately come start day was 2nd on the waiting list and didn’t get a place.
Then leaving the Artemis Offshore Academy Nikki launched her own two year campaign towards the Mini Transat 2015 with Prototype Mini 741.
Completing the race in a total of 25 days, 12 hours, 25 minutes and 27 seconds! Finishing 12th out of 26 in the prototype division.
Running all aspects of her campaign Nikki has first hand experience with:
- Media & Marketing: Website, Social Media, Newsletter, Press Releases
- Partners and Sponsorship - Existing Relationships and searching for new contracts
- Boat Maintenance
Partners and Sponsors for the campaign included: DMS, Go Ape!, Team Concise, Team SCA, Helly Hansen, Marlow, One Sails, Imray, NKE, Fuel Cell Systems, Sailing Logic, Harken, Buff, Overboard, Spinlock, Bolle and Herbalife.