How to follow Irish Olympic sailors to Tokyo 2020


After five long years, the time has come – it’s Tokyo 2020 time. The delayed Olympics are on!

With less than a week to go for the opening ceremony – and a promising forecast – here’s how you can keep up with Irish sailors chasing medals.

Ireland is represented in the Laser Radial by Annalize Murphy who starts racing on July 25. Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove represent Ireland in the men’s 49er dinghy and start July 27.

Irish sailor Saskia Tidey of the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire is sailing for Team GB in the 49erFX and also starts racing on July 27.

Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove represent Ireland in the men’s 49er dinghy and start the race on July 27 Photo: INPHO / OFI

Where is the Olympic sailing site located?

Enoshima, about an hour south of Tokyo. It is one of the historic sites of Tokyo 2020, having hosted the sailing competition for the 1964 Olympics.

When does the race begin ?

The races begin on July 25, two days after the opening ceremony. The first medal races are on July 31 and the last medal races are on August 4, although there is a reserve day on August 5 just in case. The full program and results are available here.

How can I watch the race?

Live Olympic action begins on RTÉ2, RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ Player from 1:30 a.m. on July 23 as Irish rowers take to the water with the Olympics opening ceremony starting at 11:30 a.m.

There is no timeline on what RTE will cover in terms of sailing, but RTÉ Sport says it is ready to report on Ireland’s biggest Olympic team ever of 116 Irish team athletes, including Kellie Harrington, Shane Lowry, Rory McIlroy, Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy, Annalize Murphy, Thomas Barr, Mark English, Phil Healy and many more.

Eurosport / Discovery + and the BBC. Unlike previous Olympics, the BBC will not broadcast all events live via the red button, so if you want to watch it live you will need to subscribe to Eurosport or Discovery +. The good news is, it’s cheap – around five cents for the entire month (UK rate). Via the Eurosport player, you can follow daily races live from a predetermined course area.

Is there another way to keep up to date with the race?

We hope to keep you updated as we have done over the past five years on our dedicated Tokyo 2020 page.

Where can I find out more about the sailors representing Team IRL?

Afloat has you covered. Our dedicated Tokyo 2020 page contains the biographies of our athletes as well as the latest Enoshima titles.

I only do social networks. What do you got for me

Not one but three social media channels. Head over to our Facebook for daily headlines and galleries, Instagram for the best photos from Tokyo 2020, and Twitter for, well, everything else.

For full results and competition schedule, please click here.



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