Robert Dickson

Name: Robert Dickson

Class sailed: 49er

DOB: 6 March 1998

Hometown: Sutton  Club: HYC



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, grandad, uncles, cousins,sister, granny all sail.

What was the first boat you raced?


What was the first race you won?

I dont remember the first race but the first reggatta 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.

What’s your boat name?

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?


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?


What is the best sailing venue in the world?


What was your most expensive sailing accident?

Breaking 2 masts in France

What’s the top speed you’ve reached sailing?


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?


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?


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?


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?


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