Nick Dana

About me

Name:
Nick Dana
Position:
Media Crew Member (MCM)
Date of Birth:
06 Feb, 1986
Height:
1.80 m
Weight:
83 kg
Born:
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Nationality:
American
Marital Status:
Single

Question & answer

  • When and where did you first sail?
    When I was 9 years old in Newport, Rhode Island USA.
  • What has been your proudest sailing moment?
    Foiling a moth.
  • Can you recall your scariest moment at sea?
    Foiling a moth into another boat.
  • In 3 words, summarise your role on the boat
    Photo, Video, Blog.
  • What do you miss most when you are at sea?
    Food you can chew.
  • How are you enjoying life in Abu Dhabi?
    Loving it.
  • Best Abu Dhabi moment?
    Doing the quarter mile in 6.4 seconds.
  • What do you think visitors to Abu Dhabi can expect when the yachts come in on New Year's day?
    A night to remember full of celebration.
  • Which leg of the race are you most excited about and why?
    Capetown – Abu Dhabi for many reasons but mostly it is our homecoming.
  • Who is your sailing inspiration?
    Ben Davis (makes me want to get offshore!).
  • Are there any 'home comforts' that you'll be sneaking on board?
    Country music.
  • What's the first thing you'll do when you reach port after each leg?
    Look for surf.
  • Do you have any tips for budding young sailors who are keen to get started?
    Time on the water is the key.
  • What would you have done if you hadn't been a sailor?
    Surfer.
  • How will you prepare for the race? (exercise/food/sleep)
    Exercise and lots of snacking.
  • How important is winning to you?
    From a sailing perspective it’s everything. From a media perspective it’s a bonus.
  • How will you keep morale high if you experience any difficulties. How will you keep everyone focused/entertained?
    Bust out the chocolates.
  • What is the best piece of advice you have been given about the race i.e. 'look after the boat and it will look after you'?
    Just keep bailing.
  • What would we find under your bunk?
    Need to find a bunk first.

Meet Nick Dana

Media Crew Member

United States

Nick Dana, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Media Crew Member, is one of the United States’ top young offshore sailors. Growing up in a shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island, Nick has been involved with sailing for the better part of his life. He has also carried a camera with him for most of it too.

In the previous Volvo Ocean Race, Nick was part of Puma Ocean Racing’s onshore team when he discovered his passion for the Volvo 70 class and his fascination for filming offshore sailing and the personalities involved.

Nick is also an avid surfer and views the 2011 Volvo Ocean Race as; “the most well planned surf trip ever!”

my all time top 5 achievements

  • 2010 - Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (MCM)
  • 2010 - Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
    (training boat captain)
  • 2010 - Bermuda Ocean Race - 1st Place
  • 2009 - Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing (shore team)
  • 2005 - Etchells Nationals - 2nd Place