Jock Calvert’s smart finish to Finns

  • August 12, 2018

Tasmanian sailor Jock Calvert missed out in making the Gold Medal fleet in the Finn class at the World Sailing Championships at Aarhus, Denmark, but finished the regatta with a first and two seconds places in the Silver fleet.
Overall, he finished 48th in the fleet of 90 sailors from 42 nations contesting this Olympic men’s single-handed dinghy class and second in the silver fleet.
The regatta was sailed in mostly light breezes, but the second last day a violent squall hit the Finn fleet, forcing the race to be abandoned.

Finns in a squall during the Sailing World Championships

Jock’s best place was a 17th in the huge fleet and now he is off to Slovenia for the Under 34 worlds for the Finn class.
“In all, it was a shame how I started my week; missing gold fleet was a real blow,” Jock wrote on his facebook page at the end of the international regatta for Olympic classes.
“But I got some real positives out of my experiences in the silver fleet, and leave the regatta with good feelings! On to Slovenia now, U23 worlds start in two weeks!” the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania sailor added.
Only one race was completed for the final day for the Finns, with race 10 being abandoned halfway through.
In the first race Jock led around the top mark the first time but “got rolled on the short reach and was second on the downwind leg, where I stayed for the rest of the rest.”
In the second race, Jock had moved through the fleet to be third on the first downwind leg, then first and second halfway up the beat.

Squall hits the Finn at Aarhus. Denmark.

“At this point, a 35+ knot squall and a near 90-degree shift hit the course, leaving the race committee with little option but to abandon the race,” Jock wrote of the final race.
In other events so far completed, brother and sister Nathan Outteridge and Haylee Outterridge won the Naca 17 multihull class, finishing the Gold fleet with a 1-2-5 score.
Australia has yet to qualify in the Finn class for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 but out sailors competing at Aarhus have qualified in the Nacra 17, Laser, 49erFX and Men’s 470 classes.

Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Robert Greaves, International Finn class
12 August 2018