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From Dun Laoghaire to Sydney and maybe to Rio? We caught up with former ISA Academy Laser Radial sailor Saskia Tidey...

Name: Saskia Tidey
Age: 19
DOB: 11/06/1993
Height: 6ft 2
Weight: 77 kg 
Sailing club: Royal Irish Yacht Club
Education: Rathdown School, Glenageary, Co Dublin
Occupation: Full time sailor and coach
Sports as a Junior: Netball, Skiing, Tennis, Sailing
 
How did you start sailing? I started sailing when we moved house to the coast at age 11. I learnt how to race when I was 14 thanks to Tim Goodbody. 
 
What boats did you sail as a junior? I was always too tall for an Oppie! I started sailing a 4.7 Laser.
 
What did you learn from these boats? Tactics, decision making, responsibility, boat handling and that hard work pays off! 
 
What boats did you sail in the ISA Academy? Laser Radial. 
 
What did it involve being in the Academy? Dedication, being a team player, determination, fitness, good time management and preparation.
 
The Academy involves a lot of commitment in terms of time and preparation in Sailing...did this help you improve as an athlete / sailor and what do you think you learnt from it? The ISA Academy allowed me to understand every aspect of my sport. My experience in the Academy has allowed me to take a professional approach to my sailing and through this I have been presented opportunities that have not only changed my sailing career, but my life for the better. 
 
What is your current occupation? I am currently in Sydney, Australia sailing full time for the 2012/2013 18 Footer season. I am working in the sailing industry.
 
Do you still sail and if so what class? I have continued sailing at Olympic level in the 470 as a crew in 2012. I am currently sailing as bow girl as part of the 18 Footers 'Skiff Chicks Racing' team for the Season of 2012/2013 in Sydney, Australia. I plan on pursuing an Olympic campaign in a double handed boat for 2016. 

Follow Saskia and the Skiff Chicks on Facebook www.facebook.com/SkiffChicksRacing


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