Jock Calvert continues International Finn campaign
Former Australian youth team sailboarder Jock Calvert is continuing to lift his game in his new class, the demanding single-handed Olympic Finn class.
The RYCT member has just finished his second major international regatta in Europe, the huge Trofeo Princess Sofia Regatta at Palma, Spain.
Calvert finished 37th overall in the 73-boat fleet of Finns, the Olympic single-handed class against a classy international fleet.
“Not the most amazing finish, but the whole story is more than just the scoreboard,” he wrote on his facebook page, adding: “I have improved heaps from the Euro’s two weeks ago, and the positives are definitely there.
What Jock did not mention at the end of the 10-race regatta that he finished fifth in fleet in race two and five times in the low 30s and high 20s.
His weeklong scoreboard in widely varying weather conditions read: 50-35-5-36-44-32-47-50-29-30. Two other much more experienced Australian Finn sailors finished ahead of him, Oli Tweddell 12th and Jake Lilley 19th.
Recalling his day two results in light and flukey winds, a fifth and a 36th placings, Jock wrote on facebook:
“Really happy with today! In the first race I started at the boat end of the line and tacked out early, leading the fleet out towards more breeze on the right. I got to the top mark in fourth place!
“On the first downwind I got a little bit in the middle and lost three places, but I made up a place on the upwind and then another on the downwind for fifth at the line!
“In the second race I tried to replicate my strategy, but ended up starting a little bit too far down the line and couldn’t tack onto port as soon as I wanted. I was still in good shape approaching the top mark…. but I under-layed and made a mess of the double tack.”
Jock finished the regatta with a 29th and a 30th. “A a good day for me! Two nice races, not the best scores but lots of positives,” he commented on his facebook page.
“In the first race I was down the pin end and had a really good start. From there I worked the left side and had good speed, and I arrived at the top mark in 11th place. Had a good downwind, lost two to three places, but went back out left on the upwind when a persistent righty came through.
“Lost a lot of places, but still more than happy with the race – I was in the game.
“In the second race I had another good start, this time from the boat end. I was on the front row, and used a little righty to get over to the left side, where the next line of pressure was. I got caught between a high boat and a low – fast boat, and had to take one more dig out to the left.
“The breeze then clocked another 15 degrees left, and meant I was overstood. From there, I had a good battle with a few of the lads trading places back and forth,” the young Tasmanian sailor added.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photo: Robert Deaves
9 April 2018