TEAM GB Olympic hopefuls Saskia Tidey and Charlotte Dobson held their final briefing for Tokyo at Lyme Regis Sailing Club.

The duo, who will compete in the 49erFX, held a three-hour briefing with coaches Stevie Morrison and Joe Glanfield before flying out to Japan last weekend.

Tidey and Dobson, considered strong contenders for a medal, are based full-time at Portland and train at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy.

They have sailed together since 2017, both having competed at the Rio Olympics with other crews, and were selected after winning silver at the the World Championships in 2017 and Europeans in 2018, then silver in the 2020 Worlds.

Lyme Regis Sailing Club’s honorary secretary, Sally Holman, said: “It was a real pleasure to meet them and give them a private space to get together. No one will have much practice in Japan except their national team but we have some great, experienced sailors going.

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“We wish them every success, Lyme sailors will be cheering them on. We look forward to seeing them again after the Olympics and Stevie will do some coaching for our keen youth sailors.”

Coaching pedigree is strong for Tidey and Dobson, with Morrison winning gold at the 2007 49er Worlds and silver the following year with Ben Rhodes, also becoming a Fireball world champion.

Glanfield, who coaches the 49er team of six, won silver at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics in the 470 class.

He presented the club with a British Sailing Team polo shirt which will be auctioned for youth funds.

Tidey and Dobson get their Olympic schedule under way on Tuesday, July 27.