SASKIA Tidey has set her sights on an Olympic sailing medal with six months to go until Paris 2024.

Tidey, 30, will enter her third Games with a new sailing partner in Freya Black, having finish sixth at Tokyo 2020 with Charlotte Dobson in the women’s 49erFX.

Tidey and Black, both Portland residents, may be a new collaboration but the duo finished an impressive personal-best fifth at the World Championships to qualify Team GB for the 49erFX.

With training currently taking place in Lanzarote, ahead of the Worlds on the Canary isle in March, Tidey is in positive mood as Paris looms.

“Every day we are trying to strategize how we get closer to challenging that podium,” she told Echosport.

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“The 49erFX class we’ve had an equipment change since Rio, with different sails and masts. It’s been an exciting opportunity for a new team.

“Yes, we have to learn the other skills that go with that, but it’s given us an opportunity to try and be one of the quicker boats in the world.

“We finished the World Championships in fifth last year. I’ve been in this game for 11 years and to finish fifth in the World Championships, second year as a team, is actually pretty good going.

“It just shows the drive and potential that we have. It’s important that we’re keeping our heads down and make sure we’re working through every part of the puzzle.”

Dublin-born Tidey qualifies for Great Britain through her father Don and represented Ireland at Rio 2016 before switching to Team GB for Tokyo 2020.

Now, she is simply aiming to embrace her third Games and second in GB colours.

“I can’t quite believe it, it’s easy to take for granted when you’ve spent three cycles trying to achieve one goal,” she said.

“It’s such an honour to be back in a Team GB uniform and I think Freya and I are a very good team. It’s really exciting to try and mesh experience and a new, fresh outlook on things that Freya has brought.

“Every day shows how sailing is an evolving sport. Experience is really important but being able to think about new things keeps you in the game and pushes the whole sport forward.

“I’m absolutely buzzing to be going to Paris, I can’t wait to get back into the venue in May.”

Tidey and Black have been busy working on improving their all-round skills since finishing 33rd in light winds during the European Championships in Vilamoura, Portugal, last November.

“Time is flying by so quickly, we’ve had a really good winter so far,” Tidey added.

“On paper, we had a bit of a tricky European Championships.

“It was a week raced in sub-seven knots, so a condition where if you haven’t put in a lot of time into the starting practice, you’re buried pretty quickly in dirty air around the course.

“It looked like a bit of a disaster but it highlighted an area of potential in our sailing, so we decided to stay a bit longer in Portugal and the light winds.

“We feel we’ve done quite a bit of that now, so we’ve come out to Lanzarote for the build-up to the Worlds in March here.

“It’s exciting. This campaign for Freya and I has definitely been a sprint, trying to pack everything into two years.

“We’re trying to embrace the learning and trying to tackle the potential of being on the podium in Paris in a different sort of way.

“Usually, you’d look at a statistics sheet and say: ‘X, Y and Z will end up on the podium because they’ve won this that and the other’.

“Whereas, we’re coming in hot to Paris and trying to put it all together for that main event.”

The sailing events for Paris 2024 will be held in Marseille, two days after the Games begin on Friday, July 26.