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Dickson & Waddilove End Their Challenge at 2021 49er Worlds in Eighth Overall

21st November 2021
Racing at the 2021 49er Worlds at Mussanah in Oman
Racing at the 2021 49er Worlds at Mussanah in Oman Credit: Sailing Energy/Oman Sail

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 some of their earlier form from the series on the final day, placing 12th in the last Gold fleet race before ending the medal race in eighth to secure the same overall standing.

Bart Lambriex with Floris van de Werken of the Netherlands are the new 49er World Champions, having dominated the series to win even after disqualification from the final fleet race. Watch the final day’s racing below:

Dickson and Waddilove — who sail out of Howth Yacht Club and Skerries Sailing Club respectively — secured seven top-three results, including two race wins during the 16-race championship,

But the Dublin skiff pair’s overall score was hindered by some mid-fleet results in the tricky, light-wind conditions experienced at the venue.

In the medal race final, their boat-speed was hampered when the mainsail hoist loosened, forcing them to re-hoist which effectively ended their hopes of a podium result.

Meanwhile, a 15th place in the final race of the series for the new Royal Cork pairing of Séafra Guilfoyle and Johnny Durcan landed them in 20th overall, marking a strong debut performance with some notable individual race results.

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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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