Robert Dickson
Robert Dickson
49er Sailor
Age19
HometownSutton
ClubHowth Yacht Club
ISAF IDIRLRD19
When and where did you first try sailing?
Lough Ree Yacht Club when I was 2
Who introduced you to sailing?
My family. My dad, granddad, uncles, cousins,sister, granny all sail.
What was the first boat you raced?
Optimist
What was the first race you won?
I don’t remember the first race but the first regatta I won was the Alice Trophy LRYC in 2007
When did you first represent Ireland?
Largs UK Optimist Nationals 2009
How did you progress from a Club sailor to an Olympic class sailor?
I was introduced to regional optimist events by my uncle then the opportunity came to race in Largs; my first international experience. I continued to race internationally competing at reggattas in Europe. The next year I qualified for trials and got onto the u12s squad, the following year I qualified for the development squad which went to the German Nationals in Kiel. I finished my Optimist racing at the 2011 Irish Optimist Nationals. I was asked by Sean Waddilove to race in the 420 Nationals that year. We teamed up and had a very successful time in the 420 including a year in France training with Phillppe Boudgourd and the La Rochelle 420 team. We qualified for the ISAF youth worlds, the junior europeans and worlds twice. After deciding to leave the 420 class we invested in a 49er… an olympic class boat.
Who has been the biggest influence in your career to date?
My dad
What was your worst sailing moment?
Training in Dun laoighre in 20knots in oppys, I capsized lost all my bailers(and lunch box) in front of the entrance to the Harbour when the HSS ferry was coming in. My sister who had also capsized was about 200m below me luckily picked up my lunch box and I was rescued by David White our coach.
What was your best sailing moment?
Winning LRYC reggatta in 2008 beating an older more experienced sailor
What is your favourite boat to sail?
49er
What do you eat for breakfast on a race day?
weetabix and milk
What three things are always in your suitcase?
sailing gear,
What is the best sailing venue in Ireland?
Spideal
What is the best sailing venue in the world?
Spideal
What was your most expensive sailing accident?
Breaking 2 masts in France
What’s the top speed you’ve reached sailing?
20knots
If you weren’t a full-time sailor what would you be?
I couldn’t imagine doing anything other than sailing
Do you have any heroes?
N/A
Do you play any other sports?
Ultimate frisbee
What do you do for fun?
Apart from sailing I wakeboard, windsurf and make GoPro videos,
What’s your best attribute?
Intuitive
What’s your worst habit?
Slow at eating
What makes you angry?
Maths homework
What’s your dream holiday?
Going to an international sailing event
What’s your favourite food?
skittles
Who’s your favourite band?
Imagine Dragons
What’s your favourite TV show or movie?
Game of Thrones and How to Train your Dragon
If you had a theme song – what would it be?
SAIL-AWOLNATION
If they made a movie of your life – who would play you?
Ben Affleck
In 10 years’ time I would like to be:
Still sailing