Jock Calvert 4th in Finn Nationals
Jock Calvert has finished a close fourth overall in the Australian International Finn championship at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, just one point out of third place.
The RYCT member finished the 10-race regatta at the weekend with a 3-3-3-4, only once placing worse than ninth in the regatta. Rio Olympic representative Jake Lilley was unbeaten in the first nine races.
Lilley (Qld) and runner-up Oliver Twedell (Vic) are members of the Australian Sailing Team while third place Lewis Brake (Qld) and Calvert (Tas) are members of the Australian Sailing Squad.
FLYING 11 NATIONALS: Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania off-the-beach sailors Lucia Gasperini and Lara Racape last week contested the Flying 11 Nationals held at the Sydney seaside suburb of Manly.
A deepening low-pressure system in the western Tasman provided squally southerlies into Manly Sound in Sydney Harbor, generating 3-4metre swells and winds gusting to 35 knots.
The first three races saw the fleet of 53 boats at their limit in 20+ knots wind and a nasty wind chop.
Manly sailors Jake Barnabas and Tyler Dransfield made the best of the multiple recalls, black flags and capsizes to take out the Nationals in convincing fashion.
Lucia Gasperini and Lara Racape in Hard Drive finished a creditable 37th on scratch and 11th in the well represented all girl category.
54TH SABOT NATIONALS: An equally large fleet of junior racing dinghies contested the 54th Sabot Nationals and Sabot Week at the Darling Point Sailing Club in Queensland earlier in the month.
Stella Gasperani sailed a great series to win the Sabot Week handicap trophy in Blue Juice, while Daniel Maree sailed Loose Cannon to 19th overall in the Senior 1-up division. That included two sixth places in the 47 boat fleet.
Ellen Hillcoat from Port Dalrymple Yacht Club sailed Another White Boat to 30th place while another of the Gasperani sailing clan, Lucia from the RYCT placed 35th in Pip.
The Flying 11 and Sabot Nationals will return to Tasmania in two year’s time, boosting both off-the-beach classes in this State.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Jock Calvert, Rob Gasperini, Peter Maree
24 January 2018