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Robert Dickson & Sean Waddilove, Olympic 49er Sailors
The magic moment at Vilamoura on March 26th – Sean Waddilove (left) and Robert Dickson have just secured a 49er place for Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics in July
It says everything about the quality of the Dickson-Waddilove team's securing of the Tokyo Olympics 49er place, that it not only sent the spirits of the Irish sailing community soaring skywards, but in these difficult times, it helped to raise the…
Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove
With Ireland's Olympic place secured in fleet racing, Robert Dickson (HYC) and Sean Waddilove (SSC) showed a clean pair of heels to the 10-boat fleet and propelled themselves back onto the podium with a medal race win at the 49er…
Tokyo bound: Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove
Preliminary results from the 49er Olympic Qualifying event in Lanzarote this morning indicate that the Howth and Skerries pairing of Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove have done enough to secure not only Ireland's Olympic slot in the 49er skiff, but…
Sean Waddilove (left) and Robert Dickson a stand out performance in Lanzarote has landed them Olympic berths in the 49er skiff
Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove's mission for Tokyo 2021 was accomplished yesterday when they took the last Olympic berth in the men's skiff class but the way it was achieved has been revelatory not only to the 49er fleet itself but…
Ireland's Robert Dickson (HYC) and Sean Waddilove (SSC)
The penultimate day of racing at the 49er Olympic Qualification regatta in Lanzarote proved to be a very nervy one for the Irish teams seeking to secure Tokyo Olympic qualification. What appeared to be a comfortable lead was quickly eroded…
Dubliner's Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove have a 38 point cushion for Olympic selection entering the final stages of the Lanzarote International Regatta
Ireland's Robert Dickson (HYC) and Sean Waddilove (SSC) mixed good with bad in today's three races, a disqualification for premature starting following 3rd and 1st place finishes.  However, the chasing fleet didn't improve enough to displace the Irish from their…
Dickson and Waddilove did file a protest seeking redress in the second race, claiming they were incorrectly identified as being over the line
Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove have withdrawn their protest for a UFD penalty made against them in today's important Lanzarote International Regatta, the final Olympic Qualification event for the European 49er fleet. As Afloat reported earlier, Dickson and Waddilove did…
Robert Dickson (HYC) and Sean Waddilove (SSC) combined two firsts with a U flag disqualification and now lie in third place overall
Both Irish 49er skiff teams improved their positions in today's racing at the Lanzarote International Regatta. Three races were completed in NE winds of 7 to 10 knots. Robert Dickson (HYC) and Sean Waddilove (SSC) combined two firsts with a…
Two 8ths and a 6th saw the top Irish team drop to 5th overall
The Irish 49er team of Robert Dickson (HYC) and Sean Waddilove (SSC) didn't quite emulate day one's fleet leading performance but performed solidly enough to maintain Ireland's position as the leader in the battle for Olympic qualification. Two 8ths and…
Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove of Howth in action on day on the Lanzarote International Regatta
A brilliant opening day's sailing by Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove of Howth and Skerries has put Ireland into pole position in the 49er European Olympic qualification shoot-out in Lanzarote today. Great sailing conditions of a fresh breeze in warm…
49er duo Ryan Seaton (left) and Seafra Guilfoyle
A former Irish Olympic sailing 49er coach is confident either of the two Irish skiff teams can win the four-way battle for the last Tokyo place this weekend at the International Lanzarote Regatta. As Afloat reported last week, there are…
Men on a mission - Howth's Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove are determined to move from U23 World Gold medalists to Tokyo Olympians in their first campaign
Two Irish 49er teams have their date with Olympic destiny in just a week's time when the final Tokyo qualifier takes place next week on the Spanish Island of Lanzarote. One way or another, Sunday week (March 21st) will mark the…
Irish 49ers will race for a Tokyo berth in Lanzarote
Two Irish 49ers will race for the last Tokyo 2020 berths at a hastily put together European Olympic Qualifier event in Lanzarote, Spain this March. The Princess Sofia Regatta was meant to be the important qualifier, but it was forced…
The 49er fleet at the 2018 World Cup Series in  Hyères - the fleet may be returning to Frane in May for the final European Olympic Qualfication event for Tokyo
World Sailing is reviewing both Hyeres Regatta in France in April and the 49er European Championships Greece in May as alternative Olympic Qualification Regattas following the postponement of March's Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía yesterday. As Afloat reported earlier, the Palma…
49ers in the Bay of Palma - the hope is that racing will decide the final Olympic berths in the 49er class as the Palma Qualification regatta is postponed until after Tokyo
The Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía, a reference event among international sailing regattas, has postponed its 51st edition to October.  The March regatta due to take place in 50 days time was the final qualification event for the last European berth…
Under 23 duo Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove were top Irish 49er performers in Kiel last weekend
The first European 49er test after COVID has produced some important markers for both Irish men's skiff teams at Kiel, Germany last weekend, not least the fact that it was the Under 23 duo Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove that came out…

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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