Charlotte Dobson


Date of birth: 5 May 1986
Birth place: Glasgow, Scotland
Home town: Rhu, Scotland

Saskia Tidey


Date of birth: 11 June 1993
Birth place: Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Home town: Portland, Dorset

Dobson was taught to sail by her parents’ best friends aged seven, and by the time she was 12 was knocking on the door of the Optimist class European squad.

Specialising in singlehanded dinghies, Dobson campaigned the Laser Radial for two Olympic cycles before switching to the high performance 49er FX skiff ahead of Rio 2016.

Dobson and her then-crew Sophie Ainsworth were Britain’s number one choice for Rio, where they finished eighth.

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.