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Royal Irish's Saskia Tidey Selected to Sail for Team GB in Tokyo

1st October 2019
Saskia Tidey (right) and Charlotte Dobson have been selected for Team GB for Tokyo Saskia Tidey (right) and Charlotte Dobson have been selected for Team GB for Tokyo

Although Team Ireland hopes were dashed when Annalise Murphy quit the 49erFX for a Radial return this month there is consolation in fledgeling skiff circles that another Dun Laoghaire sailor has reached the standard and been confirmed for the women's class in Tokyo even though Saskia Tidey will not be sailing for her native Ireland.

Tidey's remarkable achievements since opting to sail for Team GB after Rio 2016 have been rewarded with Royal Yachting Association (RYA) confirmation today that she and Charlotte Dobson will be the British representatives in Enoshima in 300 days time. What's more the Scottish-Irish combination head to Japan as serious medal contenders after a succession of stellar international results this quadrennial.

Skipper Dobson returns to the 49erFX, this time sailing with the Royal Irish Yacht Club's Tidey, after a change of crew following the 2016 games.

"Last time it felt like it was all about the experience," Dobson said to the BBC this morning adding."This time around the announcement feels more like an attack on the podium."

Dun Laoghaire born Tidey was a relative latecomer to sailing, taking up the sport aged 15 after watching coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

A clear natural talent, Tidey’s progression through the ranks was quick – and eight years later she was representing Ireland at Rio 2016 in the 49er FX, finishing 12th.

Tidey joined the British Sailing Team in early 2017, eligible to compete under the Union flag through her father Don, and teamed up with Dobson for a crack at Tokyo 2020.

Since then Dobson and Tidey have proved themselves a formidable force on the Olympic circuit, bagging silver medals at the 2017 Sailing World Cup Final and the 49er FX European Championships, plus wins at Kiel Week 2017 and the 2018 Medemblik regatta.

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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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