Jock Calvert’s World Cup Medal win

  • April 22, 2019

Young Tasmanian sailor Jock Calvert has won the Finn class medal race to finish sixth overall on the final day of the Hempel World Cup Series off Genoa.

“This is 100 percent my best result away from Australia,” he said after the medal race, the final event which decides the medal winners in each class following qualifying races.

Jock Calvert winning the Finn class medal race at the Genoa World Cup last night

Racing with the stunning city of Genoa as a backdrop, Calvert told how a few others match-raced around the course, giving him the freedom to sail cleanly.

“It was good day. It was a nice way to wrap up a good week. It was a bit of a break-out week for me; a good performance. It’s nice to be at the top,” said the 21-year-old who has now sailed two seasons in Finns, an Olympic single-handed dinghy,

Calvert, a fourth generation of one of Tasmania’s best-known yachting families, sailed the full European circuit last year and recently competed at Palma and Genoa, the first two events of the European season.

“Even though a lot of the top guys are missing, I raced guys who are often in front of me. Now I’ve beat them, so it is a definite move forward in terms of confidence.

Jock Calvert celebrates his medal race win in the Finn class at Genoa, Italy, last night

“Next is the big one; the Europeans in Athens in three weeks. My goal is to get closer and closer to the big names,” added Calvert.

Top Australian performance in the Genoa World Cup regatta was an overall gold medal win in the Olympic 49er class by West Australian brothers David and Lachy Gilmour.

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Words: Di Pearson/Peter Campbell
Photos: Beau Outteridge
22 April 2019