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Quickfire Q&A: Australia's Nina Curtis on career highlights and why she enjoys beating fellow Aussie Jimmy Spithill

15 JULY 2022Feature
by Miranda Blazeby, Digital Editor

Two-time Australia female sailor of the year Nina Curtis blasted onto the SailGP circuit in Season 2 thanks to the Women’s Pathway Program and has quickly made her mark. She made history as the first female athlete to win a SailGP event in Cadiz before helping the Aussies on the way to victory in the Season 2 Grand Final in San Francisco. We catch up with Nina ahead of the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix | Plymouth to talk career highlights and why she enjoys beating Jimmy Spithill’s U.S. team.

Q: What is your first sailing memory? OR How did you first get into sailing?

A: Sailing with my mum and dad trapezing on a Hobie 16.

Q: What is your career highlight so far?

A: Winning a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games was pretty special.

Season 3 // Australia SailGP Team // Nina Curtis celebrates win

Q: Who is your sailing icon and why?

A: Abby Ehler, I was lucky enough to sail with her in the Volvo Ocean Race and she an absolute rock solid member of any team. I always looked up to her as a younger sailor in keelboat racing.

Q: Tell us about your scariest sailing moment?

A: The southern ocean leg as my first leg in the Volvo Ocean Race was up there! I was really nervous.

Season 2 // United States Sail Grand Prix San Francisco // Tom Slingsby and Nina Curtis winning press conference

Q: What is your favourite SailGP race location and why?

A: I would have to say Sydney, great wind, great backdrop and great locals cheering you on!

Season 3 // Australia SailGP Team // Nina Curtis interviewed

Q: What is your top ambition for Season 3?

A: Three wins in a row season wins for the Aussie team!

Q: Best SailGP moment so far?

A: Winning Season 2 with the Aussie team in San Fransisco. Being the first female to ever win a SailGP event in Cadiz was very special too!

Q: What team would you most like to beat and why?

A: Jimmy Spithill has been a pretty big inspiration to me when I was growing up especially for the fact that we grew up in the same area. It’s always a good day when you get a win against an Aussie sailing legend!

Season 3 // Australia SailGP Team // Nina Curtis crew shot

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional sailor?

A: Probably what I do in my other life: I run a fitness and health studio at home and also have a magnesium supplement business.

Q: What is your favourite thing about SailGP?

A: The speed! The foiling! The camaraderie of the teams! Being able to race at those speeds whilst being on the edge of control!

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