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Robert Dickson & Sean Waddilove, Olympic 49er Sailors
49er duo Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove competing in Aarhus
Both Irish crews competing at the 49er European Championships in Denmark were unable to qualify for the Gold fleet (top third) final series on Thursday (7th July 2022). After a strong start to their Paris 2024 campaign, and their first…
Howth and Skerries Olympic 49er duo Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove negotiate the Committee boat end of a Kiel Week startline. The pair finished ninth overall at the big German regatta
A seventh in the Kiel Week medal race leaving Dubliners Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove in ninth overall represents another creditable result on the road to Paris 2024 for the Tokyo 2020 49er reps and another confidence boost before this…
Robert Dickson and Seán Waddilove have won silver at the Allianz Regatta in Holland
Ireland's top-ranked skiff pair Robert Dickson and Seán Waddilove fought off French competition to win today's 49er medal race and win a World Cup silver medal at the Allianz Regatta in the Netherlands. Training partners with the Irish duo, the home…
Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove (IRL 99) are in the 49er race for a medal at the Allianz Regatta, a stage in the World Cup Sailing Series
While the 49er World Champions may have grabbed an early gold at the Allianz Regatta in the Netherlands yesterday, Ireland's Tokyo 2020 reps Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove are very much in the fight for a silver medal in the…
France have a strong chance of securing medals in the 49er where Erwan Fischer and Clément Pequin (above) lead into the medal race
In the 49er skiff, Ireland's Tokyo Olympians Robert Dickson (HYC) and Seán Waddilove (Skerries Sailing Club) missed out on a top ten medal race appearance on Saturday in the Princesa Sofia Regatta after a tiller-extension broke leading to a capsize in…
Overall, the 49er class looks set to go to the wire with the top five teams going into the final day of gold fleet racing with only four points between them
Dublin 49er skiff duo Robert Dickson and Seán Waddilove are within striking distance of the top ten – and an important medal race place –  at the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma, Mallorca. Lying in 13th place (but on the same…
Racing at the 2021 49er Worlds at Mussanah in Oman
Ireland’s Robert Dickson and Seán Waddilove ended in eighth overall at the Olympic 49er World Championships in Mussanah, Oman today (Sunday 21 November). The Paris 2024 campaigners, who also competed at Tokyo 2020 earlier this year, were unable to repeat…
49er pair Robert Dickson and Seán Waddilove racing in Oman earlier this week
Two third places for Paris 2024 campaigners Robert Dickson and Seán Waddilove at the Olympic 49er World Championships in Mussanah, Oman today (Saturday 20 November) have boosted their chances ahead of tomorrow’s final. After a challenging day on Friday when the…
The Royal Cork’s Séafra Guilfoyle with Johnny Durcan made gains as racing continued into sunset at Oman on Day 5
The opening three races of the Gold fleet series proved exceptionally challenging for the Irish crews at the Olympic 49er World Championship in Mussanah, Oman today (Friday 19 November). Although the late start to the series saw slightly more breeze…
Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove are lying fourth overall going into gold fleet racing
After the third day of qualification racing in light and flukey conditions, both Irish Paris 2024 campaigners will race in the top half or Gold fleet in the Olympic 49er skiff class Worlds Championships in Mussanah, Oman on Friday.  Tokyo…
Séafra Guilfoyle and Johnny Durcan, both of Royal Cork Yacht Club finished 11th at last week's Asian 49erChampionships in Oman
Oman Sail is preparing to welcome a 148-strong fleet representing 29 countries when the 2021 49er, 49erFX and Nacra the World Championships gets underway in Mussanah on 16 November. Being held in Asia for the first time in event history,…
Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove signed off their Olympic regatta debut in style
Ireland's 49er team, Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove signed off their Olympic regatta in style, winning the final race of the qualifying series, but missing out on medal race qualification by 8 points. Their day started well with a 3rd…
The Irish 49er duo of Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove are currently sitting in 14th overall after nine races
Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove would have done their best to heed the advice of their former coach Tytus Konarzewski  (who brought them to the Under-23 World Championship title success in 2018) and forget about yesterday’s two disqualifications as quickly as…
Robert Dickson (left) trapezing from his 49er dinghy with Sean Waddilove right
Irish debutantes Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove have been disqualified from races five and six of the Tokyo Olympic Regatta today for the use of a trapeze harness that was 'too heavy'.  The hammer blow to the Irish camp comes…
Sean Waddilove (left) and Robert Dickson racing in Enoshima earlier today
In a 10-knot southerly breeze, sailing on the Zushi course, Ireland’s Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove finished second in race 5 behind Denmark, and followed that with a sixth in race 6 as the wind picked up today (Thursday 29…
Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove are lying 11th after four races sailed
Day two of the 49er event at the 2020 Olympic Games regatta proved a bit less successful for the Irish pairing of Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove after taking the first race in what was a dream debut. Sailed in a…

Robert Dickson & Sean Waddilove, Tokyo Olympic 49er Sailors 

Dublin dinghy sailors Robert Dickson of Howth Yacht Club and Sean Waddilove of Skerries Sailing Club achieved their goal of representing Ireland in the 49er class, almost six years to the day after first setting foot in a 49er skiff at their home club of Howth Yacht Club in County Dublin in 2015.

The voyage was a magnificent one becoming U23 World champions in 2018 before out sailing rivals double Olympian Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle in some style for selection in Lanzarote in March 2021 to win the last European Olympic place for Tokyo.

Follow their progress here.

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