by Oliver Burnell

In the lead up to the 2016 Yachting Tasmania Hall of Fame and Awards Ceremony, a previous award winner will be interviewed and featured each week.

We start this week with Jock Calvert, 2015 Outstanding Youth Achievement award winner, who has happily given us an insight into his past year.
Jock was a member of the 2014 Australian Youth Sailing Team at the ISAF Youth Worlds for windsurfing, but has now turned his attention to the Olympic Finn class. We wish him the best of luck through this transition and the upcoming U/23 World Championships.

AGE: 18
CLUB: Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania

1. Where has sailing taken you this year and how have you gone?
The highlight of my sailing season was travelling to Langkawi for the ISAF Youth Worlds, where the Australian Team won the Nations trophy. I also managed to snag a race win, along with two 3rd places, so it was nice to show some potential and really put a few good races in the bank.

2. Are you still focusing on windsurfing? If not, what are you doing now? 
I’ve well and truly outgrown the RS:X now, so after a brief stint in the Laser full rig, which lasted all of about a week, I am now in the Finn and loving it! It’s a beautiful boat to sail and the lifestyle change has been positive – going from staying lean to bulking up. I’m also doing a bit more yacht sailing, a challenge which I’m really enjoying.

3. What do you do outside sailing? 
Currently I’m doing first year Uni, which is a good challenge, but I’m also doing plenty of cycling and lots of hours in the gym. For down time I’m usually on the golf course!

4. Best part about sailing in Tasmania and in particular the Derwent River. 
The Derwent is an amazing body of water – picturesque and has amazing variability. This is something that helps with training as it gets Tassie sailors ready for anything when we travel

5. Best sailing moment from the last 12 months?
A couple of moments have stood out this year, starting with my first international race win! That was a huge moment, and a massive reward for not just me, but everyone who has supported and stood behind me for the last few years. Next was the nations trophy, as the team atmosphere when we won was so special. Finally was my Finn training camp with sailing legend John Bertrand. To learn from the very best was a great experience and a good leg up into the world of Finn sailing!

Make sure to follow Jock's results at the Finn Silver Cup (U23 Worlds) in early July.


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