Calvert’s good start in Finns at Hyeres
Jock Calvert has made a good start to the 2018 World Cup Series at Hyeres, France, to be 11th overall after day one of racing in the Olympic Finn class.
The RYCT member placed 12th in race one, 17th in race two, with Calvert describing his opposition as “top notch, all 40 guys are quick and the racing was super tight!”
This is the third international regatta that Calvert has contested in Europe this year, with his sailing and tactical skills improving at each series.
Day one at the huge Hyeres regatta saw 8 knots in race one, but only about 4 knots in race two.
“My first start wasn’t very good, and I lost my lane, before getting slammed when I tacked out,” Jock wrote on his Facebook page.
“This made the rest of the upwind a bit of a mess, just getting bounced through the midfield and I rounded the top mark very near the back.
“On the second upwind I made a risky strategy move and went hard out left, all the way to the corner.
“That move put me back into contention, and then on the second downwind I split from the pack I was behind, and moved into a really clean lane and made up lots of positions. Was a really nice comeback!”
Jock said his second start was a lot better, starting from the pin end. “I started from the pin end and I got myself a clean lane, played the shifts well and was in the top 15 at the top mark.
“I gybe set at the top mark, but the pack behind me covered me lots and the guys who went a straight set made up lots of places.
“On the second upwind I held position, but on the second downwind I replicated the first race and got myself clear, and made up lots of positions.
“Really happy to be in 11th!! Tomorrow will be a new day, and I’ll try and do it all again!”
Of Jock’s fellow Australian Finn sailors Jack Lilley, who won this regatta in 2016, is fourth overall but Oliver Tweedle is 30th and Lewis Brake 32nd overall after day one.
REGATTA UPDATE: Unfortunately, in the light and flukey airs Jock was unable to maintain his high place overall, finishing the regatta in 32nd place, but still a creditable result. Fellow Australian Jack Lilley finished fourth.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: World Sailing
25 April 2018