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Erica Dawson

Hometown:
Auckland
Date of Birth:
Teams:
NZL Sailing Team
Competition Class(es):
Nacra 17
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Change has been a constant throughout Erica's sailing career and her latest change seems to be working well considering she's off to the Tokyo Olympics.

In 2019 she teamed up with Micah Wilkinson in the Nacra 17 and the pair quickly established their credentials to earn selection for the Tokyo Games.

They were seventh at the 2020 Nacra 17 world championships in Melbourne. What is impressive is the fact Erica is now crewing (she's historically always skippered double-handed boats) and Micah is steering (he was formerly crew with Liv Mackay).

Erica originally started Olympic campaigning in the 49erFX, and was 13th at the 2017 49erFX world championships and third at the 2017 Enoshima Olympic Week, both with Kate Stewart. She also dabbled for a short time in the Laser Radial.

Erica showed considerable promise in her junior and youth sailing days, and is the only female to have won the Starling national championships.

Micah Wilkinson and Erica Dawson

Career highlights

  • 2020 Nacra 17 world championships - 7th

  • 2019 Nacra 17 world championships - 19th

  • 2019 Olympic test event - 17th

  • 2018 49erFX New Zealand championships - 1st

  • 2017 Sail Sydney - 4th

  • 2017 Enoshima Olympic Week - 3rd

  • 2017 49erFX world championships - 13th

  • 2017 49erFX European championships - 15th

  • 2016 Sailing World Cup Hyeres - 17th

  • 2016 49er & 49erFX European Championship - 11th

  • 2016 49er & 49erFX World Championship - 19th

  • 2016 Sailing World Cup Miami - 19th

  • 2015 Sailing World Cup Melbourne - 2nd

  • 2015 49er & 49erFX European Championships – 10th

  • 2015 49er & 49erFX North American Championships – 7th

  • 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami – 26th

  • 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne – 5th

  • 2014 49er & 49erFX European Championship – 27th

  • 2012 FSP ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship – 5th

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