Weather Rules The Waves As Local Man Bids For French Success
A second day of strong conditions at the French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyères proved exceptionally challenging for the three Irish crews competing. Near Gale force 7 conditions saw the 49er skiff series get underway after Monday’s schedule was cancelled due to similar conditions.
Still recovering from a viral infection and a mainstay of the Irish team is Howth’s own Robert Dickson, who with Seán Waddilove (Skerries Sailing Club) scored a 16th in the opening race before improving with a tenth just as conditions worsened.
Dickson injured his wrist while righting their boat, adding to his recovery concerns.
“In some respects, it was an almost expected tough day as Rob has been unwell for a while,” commented Matt McGovern, Irish Sailing’s 49er coach. “We have one eye on this regatta but one eye long-term on a big month ahead with a regatta at the worlds venue so we don’t want him to be doing too much recovery there.”
Conditions at Hyères are predicted to ease from today onwards bringing respite and opportunity to improve on current standings in the qualification rounds.
In any event, Dickson and Waddilove have their sights firmly set on next month and no matter the result in Hyères, it will certainly prove good conditioning for the challenges ahead.
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