Jock Calvert impresses in Finn Europeans
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania off-the-beach sailor Jock Calvert has sailed an impressive regatta in this week’s hotly contested International Finn class European championships at Cadiz in Spain.
Calvert is 43rd in the 93-boat fleet with overall results after eight races dominated by the experienced European sailors. He is eight placed in the Under 23 division and second placed Australian sailor.
“Jock is having a great regatta in Cadel, punching out off the line,” Tasmanian High Performance Sailing Coach Richard Scarr commented. (See photo of Jock getting a great start during the regatta)
Conditions have at times been ‘brutal’, to quote Jock on his facebook page, with huge seas and winds that have ranged to light breezes to 30 knots.
He has admitted making some mistakes in the choice of which side of the courses to sail but in three of the eight races sailed so far he has finished in the top third of the fleet, 32, 34 and 37 with one other good race abandoned because of a shifting mark.
Jock had to battle with dehydration in race eight after a tummy upset kept him awake in the bathroom most of the night.
Nevertheless, he “Made today’s race an absolute mission. Pretty low on energy, felt very dehydrated,” he wrote after the race.
“I got a good start in the race from the pin, but I didn’t quite have the power to hold my lane and was forced to tack out.
“This one put me out of phase and the race was a grind from there. I had by far my worse top mark rounding of the regatta, but managed to claw my way back into the midfield over the rest of the race.
“I was lucky that the next race was over the time limit of the day and couldn’t be sailed, because I really didn’t have it in me for another.
“After everything I’ve actually managed to move up a place to 43rd, and am still in 8th U23.
“Tomorrow we have a huge wind forecast for the final race, so its marginal if we get out on the water,” the young Tasmanian added.
Going into tonight’s final medal race Both Nicholas Heiner from the Netherlands and British sailor Edward Wright are guaranteed medal in the Finn Open and U23 championships.
European sailors hold eight of the top ten positions with New Zealand’s Josh Junior in fifth place and a US sailor fourth.
Top placed Australian is Victorian Oliver Tweddell in 26th place with Jock Calvert 43d and Jack Lilley crashing to 46th overall after two BFDs.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: International Finn Association
17 March 2018