All of us in the RIYC would like to offer our congratulations to our own Saskia Tidey and her team-mate Charlotte Dobson on their great performance of a sixth place in the  49er FX Class in the Tokyo Olympics. 

We are proud to have you as a fellow Club Member and as well as being a great ambassador for our club and for sailing, you are an inspiration to all of our sailors from Junior Cadets upwards, showing them what they can accomplish with hard work and focus. 

We look forward to welcoming Saskia back in the Club when her schedule allows.

Royal Irish Yacht Club Member Saskia Tidey, who along with team-mate Charlotte Dobson, is sailing in the 49er FX class for Great Britain in the Tokyo Olympics regatta in Enoshina.

We will be posting updates after each morning of racing here.


The last few days have seen very light winds at the Enoshima regatta site. The medal race, which was due to be held yesterday was postponed to this morning. 

Unfortunately Saskia and Charlotte’s results in the light airs on Saturday with a 15th, 4th and 18th pushed them down to fifth overall going into the medal race. 

The medal race is contested by the top ten boats and the points in the race are doubled. Each boat carries its accumulated points to date (with one discard) into the medal race. 

This morning’s medal race was sailed in 6 to 8 knots of wind. A seventh place meant that they finished the regatta in 6th place overall. 

The gold medal was won by the Brazilian pair of Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze, who also win gold in their home games in Rio in 2016. Germany won silver with the Netherlands taking bronze. 


Winds were very light this morning at the Enoshima venue for the Olympic Regatta – averaging about 6 knots. 

In the 49er FX fleet race 7 played out strangely with most of the contenders finishing well down the fleet. Saskia and Charlotte finished 16th  but because their discard was a 6, they were able to move into an eleven point lead overall. 

A 14th in race 8 and a 15th in race 9 see them finish the day in 4th place on 48 points. The Dutch pair of Bekkering and Deutz lead on 41, with the Spanish boat second on 42 and the Brazilian team third on 47.  There is a gap of 13 points to the fifth placed US boat. 

There are three more races tomorrow morning with the medal race taking place on Monday morning. 

The forecast for tomorrow is for similar winds to today. 


As we all know, consistency win regattas and in this morning’s racing Saskia and Charlotte displayed the type of consistency that has made them contenders for a medal at these Olympics. 

After yesterday’s 1-1-6 they followed up with a fourth place in race 4, a second in race 5 and a fifth in face 6 to extend their lead to five points. 

They now are on 13 points, with the Netherlands on 18 and the Spanish boat on 20. Denmark on 24, Brazil (the defending champions) on 29 and France on 31 make up the top 6. 

Tomorrow is a rest day and then the regatta continues with three races on Friday and three on Saturday, before concluding with the medal race on Monday. 


The pair got off to the best possible start overnight with two wins in the first two races. They placed 6th in the third race, but with one discard are now on two points, three points ahead of the USA pair and four points ahead of Brazil. 

The regatta continues with three more races tomorrow, and three on both Friday and Saturday with the Medal race at 6.33 am (Irish time) on Monday.  Racing tomorrow and Friday starts at 6:50am with a 4:05am start on Saturday. 

Lead photo kindly supplied by RYA for use in this article. Other photos have kindly been supplied by Saskia's family for use in this article.  Top photo: Saskia with the RIYC's Hume Dudgeon Cup, which she won in 2017, above left: Saskia with team-mate Charlotte Dobson, above right: Saskia and Charlotte with Mt. Fuji in the background.