Meet the girls

Charlotte and Sophie teamed up in the Summer of 2013, they are part of British Sailing Team in the 49e FX Podium Squad.

The first racing season has been testing for the pair with some great achievements and challenging equipment failure. One thing these girls are guaranteed to have is a smile on their faces, because they love the sport and the boat. Team Dobson/Ainsworth have yet to unleash their real potential, but watch what this determined duo can do.

Current World Rankings put the pair in 8th -

Individual Profiles

Charlotte Dobson

Nickname: Chaz, Dobbo
D.O.B: 5th June 1986
Hometown: Rhu
Other interests: Kiting, Skiing, Diving, Tennis spectating and soon to be moth sailing.
Interesting fact: She is a truly heinous baker but persistent none the less.
Favourite achievement: Silver at the Laser radial Europeans, closely followed by the first time we got downwind in nuclear breeze and waves in the FX.

Sailing background: Charlotte was a junior optimist sailor and moved into the laser radial for youth sailing in which she won bronze at the ISAF youth worlds, two silvers at the class Worlds and was youth european champion twice. She continued down the single handed pathway campaigning towards the Olympics in 2008 and 2012 but despite medals at the Europeans, World Cups and making the top 3 in the world rankings twice, she was unfortunately the bridesmaid in both Olympic Trials. The launch of the 49erFX was an incredibly alluring opportunity to change into the high octane skiff world and she hasn’t looked back since. Teaming up with Sophie after a year of a rotational squad was the final step of the transition and marks the beginning of the challenge, twice the bridesmaid, this time the bride!

Sophie Ainsworth

Nickname: Ains, sophs, Babs
Hometown: Chichester
Other interests: Kitesurfing, Tennis, snowboarding, baking.
Interesting fact: Sophie has double jointed shoulders.
Favourite achievement: 2012 470 European champion/ First pitch pole in the 49erFX - such fun!

Sailing background: Sophie learnt to sail in an Optimist where she was soon on the international circuit. Her youth sailing was spent helming a 420, and in her last year crewing a 29er, where she was 2007 Youth and Ladies World Champion. Sophie won a silver Medal at the Youth World Championships in the 29er before being selected for the 470 Olympic Development squad. The highlight of Sophie's 470 crewing career was winning the European Championships in 2012, she was the training partner for London 2012 470W Silver Medalists Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark before switching to the 49erFX at the end of 2012. It has been an eventful year. In June 2013 she teamed up with Charlotte and they only have one thing on their mind, bringing home gold in Rio 2016.