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Royal Irish Yacht Club's Saskia Tidey Top of the 49erFX fleet in Palma

2nd April 2019
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Charlotte Dobson sailing with Royal Irish Yacht Club crew Saskia Tidey (right) share the lead in Palma after day one Charlotte Dobson sailing with Royal Irish Yacht Club crew Saskia Tidey (right) share the lead in Palma after day one

Team GB's Charlotte Dobson sailing with Royal Irish Yacht Club crew Saskia Tidey of Dun Laoghaire has a share of the top place along with Australia’s Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot after the first day of competition at the  Trofeo Princesa Sofia in Palma yesterday.

With the 2020 Olympic regatta just over 15 months away this event figures highly in selections for the Olympic test event. After medalling in Miami, Dobson and Tidey will have this front of mind through the event, just as the closely matched British 49er pairs will be among the many, many teams looking to make a firm statement on the Bay of Palma.

Tidey said, “There's a huge fleet of FXs here and it's going to be a big week. We're really happy with the solid day that we had. We couldn't have asked for any more. It sets us off on the right foot and it's a good position to build on.”

As regular Afloat.ie readers will recall, Dublin Bay based Tidey opted to sail for Team GB in 2017 due to the lack of opportunities for her to further her FX career after Rio.

Since then, of course, Rio Silver medalist in the Laser Radial, Annalise Murphy announced a 49erFX campaign last year and in an exciting prospect this month, the Irish sailing superstar is to make her international debut with Katie Tingle in the class at the World Cup in Genoa, Italy in 12 days time.

Results are here Read more about Irish hopes for Tokyo 2020 here.

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Olympic Sailing features a variety of craft, from dinghies and keelboats to windsurfing boards. The programme at Tokyo 2020 will include two events for both men and women, three for men only, two for women only and one for mixed crews:

Event Programme

RS:X - Windsurfer (Men/Women)
Laser - One Person Dinghy (Men)
Laser Radial - One Person Dinghy (Women)
Finn - One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) (Men)
470 - Two Person Dinghy (Men/Women)
49er - Skiff (Men)
49er FX - Skiff (Women)
Nacra 17 Foiling - Mixed Multihull

The mixed Nacra 17 Foiling - Mixed Multihull and women-only 49er FX - Skiff, events were first staged at Rio 2016.

Each event consists of a series of races. Points in each race are awarded according to position: the winner gets one point, the second-placed finisher scores two, and so on. The final race is called the medal race, for which points are doubled. Following the medal race, the individual or crew with the fewest total points is declared the winner.

During races, boats navigate a course shaped like an enormous triangle, heading for the finish line after they contend with the wind from all three directions. They must pass marker buoys a certain number of times and in a predetermined order.

Sailing competitions at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are scheduled to take place from 27 July to 6 August at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour. 

Venues: Enoshima Yacht Harbor

No. of events: 10

Dates: 27 July – 6 August

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Dates

Sailing competitions at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are scheduled to take place from 27 July to 6 August at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour. 

Venue: Enoshima Yacht Harbour

No. of events: 10

Dates: 27 July – 6 August

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