Jock Calvert’s best Finn results
RYCT off-the-beach sailor has celebrated his world ranking of 29 in the Olympic Finn class by finishing 28th overall and fourth U23 at Germany’s famous Kieler Woche (Kiel Week).
“Both of which are my best results in an international Finn fleet!” a happy Tasmanian wrote on his facebook page after the final race in this Olympic test event.
Calvert finished 13th in the last of eight races in a fleet of 69 that included most of the leading sailors in this demanding single-handed men’s Olympic dinghy.
“A lot of things that we’ve been working on this season came together this week, and yes, there is a long, long way to go, but as a lead-in to the Worlds I’m really happy,” Calvert continued on facebook.
“We sailed on an inshore course today and had to deal with incredibly choppy water and very unstable, strong winds.
“In the first race I made a below par start…being pushed around in the mid pack. But as the race opened up, I found I had good speed and was able…to climb back up some positions.
“In the second race I got a great jump on the boats around me at the start, and once I was on the front row was able to play a strong strategy and get to the top mark just inside the top 10.
“In the following three laps I was holding my position, even making some gains on the guys in front, up until the last downwind where I completely ran out of steam.
“A small pack of boats sneaked around me on the second half of the last downwind, meaning I finished 13th,” which was Calvert’s best placing of the regatta.
His overall places were: 20-23-28-16-35 (50)-37-13.
Fellow Tasmanian sailors, Jasmin Galbraith and Chloe Fisher, finished 42nd in the fleet of 61 boats in the 49erFX women’s Olympic skiff class.
They finished the regatta with a third place in the last race for the silver fleet with the gold medal going to New Zealand.
The Australian Sailing team won gold in the men’s 470s and silver in the Nacra 17 while young Australian Zac Littlewood from WA is the new Laser Radial world champion.
Word: Peter Campbell
Photos: Kielier Woche
26 June 2018