Tas sailors near top in SB20s, Finns
Tasmanian amateur sailors are making their presence felt in international championships for the SB20 and Finn classes in Ireland and Slovenia.
Helmsman Elliott Noye, Paul McCartney and Edward Snowball, sailing McCartney’s boat, Porco Rosso, are sharing top spot of the leader board after day one of the SB20 sportsboat European championship on Dublin Bay.
Solo sailor Jock Calvert overnight moved from seventh to fourth overall on day two of the International Finn U23 Silver Cup at Koper in Solvenia, and is just one point out of the medal placings.
Porco Rosso had placings of 4-7 on day one, also overnight AEST, for a score of 11 points, the same as the Russian Victoria Sailing Team, skippered by Vadim Pushev, who placed 10-1.
The protest outcome lifted both Pushev and Noye to equal overall 11 points, four points clear of the third boat in standings, also from Russia.
This is the third European regatta for SB20s contested by the Porco Rosso team this European summer, finishing second in two regattas in Portugal last month.
The European championship, conducted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club, is being contested by 47 SB20 crew from a dozen nations with Porco Rosso the only non-European entry.
At Kiel, Germany, Jock Calvert, like the Porco Rosso team, from Hobart’s Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, is in fourth place overall in the 36-boat fleet contesting the Under 23 Finn Silver Cup and World Championship.
Seventh overall after placings of 5-8 on day one, he had an excellent fourth place on day two when only one race was possible due to lack of wind until late afternoon.
‘It was a bit of a flukey wind, but I got off the line in good shape and able to play the front row,” Jock wrote on his Facebook page.
“I rounded the top mark in a chaotic lead pack, made some gains losses and was about sixth at the bottom mark. I got into third by the top, but lost one right at the finish.
“I move into fourth overall, one point outside the medal!” he added.
Sailors ahead of Calvert in the Finn U23 Silver Cup are from Czechoslovakia, Finland and Switzerland.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Jane Austin, Robert Deaves
29 August 2018