Please select your home edition
Edition
Predictwind - Iridium

Offshore racing yachtsmen Hedley Calvert dies in Hobart

by Peter Campbell on 23 May 2013
Hedley Calvert photo for Hall of Fame Peter Campbell
One of Tasmanian most prominent and successful offshore racing yachtsmen over a sailing career spanning five decades, Hedley Calvert, died in Hobart today in his 80th year, after an extended illness.

Calvert was the eldest of the sons of Chas Calvert, a Huon Valley orchardist and yachtsman, with four generations of the Calvert family becoming successful yachtsmen, nationally and internationally.

Hedley Calvert followed his father as a prominent orchardist but sailing was his passion from boyhood, in Cadets and Rainbows before moving up into the Derwent keelboat class and then as a helmsman of many fine ocean racing yachts. His brothers, the late Barry Calvert and Don Calvert also became champion yachtsmen, with great success in the International Dragon class for both Barry and Don, and at the Admiral’s Cup for Don.

In 1965 Hedley had built the Huon Lass, designed by British naval architect Robert Clark who had designed the famous Caprice of Huon for his father 15 years previously. Huon Lass was a most competitive yacht in her class and with her began Hedley’s annual ritual of competing in Sydney Hobart races, 15 in total.

His second custom-designed boat was Huon Chief which he sailed to victory in the Australian One Ton Cup, also representing Australia in that class in the world championship at Newport, Rhode Island.

Huon Chief stands as an icon of Tasmania’s post-war yachting history in terms of sailability and construction.

Over his extended career as an offshore racing skipper, Hedley Calvert won each of Tasmania’s major ocean races: the Mewstone Race twice with Turua, the Bruny Island Race four times with Huon Lass and once with Huon Chief, and the Maria Island Race twice with Huon Lass.

One of Hedley’s most notable contributions to the sport of yachting was his autobiography ‘Always a Competitor’ which underlined his much-loved reputation as a Tasmanian yachtsman, orchardist and raconteur.

With such a heritage behind them, as a family, it was an exciting move to see Hedley embark on this project to record his own sailing experiences, in particular, for posterity, but also recording the history of a remarkable family of orchardists and yachtsman.

The book not only traced the history of the Calvert family from 1830 onwards as orchardists and yachtsmen, and Hedley’s own sailing career, but was full of invaluable hints to fellow competitors as an extensive of his regular column ‘Clewed Up’ in the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmanian magazine.

In 1974, he was awarded the Tasmanian Star of Sport and in 2010 he was inducted into the Tasmanian Yachting Hall of Fame for his contribution to yachting.

Following his racing career, Hedley cruised extensively including a voyage to New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu. Hedley and Judy also lived in Mooloolaba on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast for several years where Hedley was an active member of the Mooloolaba Yacht Club.

Hedley was a 53 year member of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and also a member of the Huon Yacht Club.

Hedley Calvert is survived by his wife Judy and daughters Susan and Louise and by his brother Don. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

Wildwind 2016 660x82Barz Optics - FloatersNaiad

Related Articles

Extreme Sailing Series – Oman Air close gap on Alinghi
Oman Air took every opportunity today and cornered the podium to close the gap at the top of the Act eight leaderboard. Team Oman Air took every opportunity on the Sydney Harbour race course today and cornered the podium to close the gap at the top of the Act eight leaderboard as the rivalry with Alinghi intensifies.
Posted today at 11:09 am
SWC Final – Badloe and Squires pick up where their countrymen left off
Badloe holds the lead after nine races and Squires pushed himself into contention after two bullets and a second. Badloe holds the lead in the men's windsurfer after nine races and Squires pushed himself into contention after two bullets and a second. The pair, and the sailors across the ten Olympic and Open Kiteboarding fleets battled against a south westerly wind in excess of 20 knots coupled with a big sea state.
Posted today at 10:38 am
ESS Sydney - second day images from Beth Morley
The Open Water session due for 4pm to 6pm today but it was cancelled due to the wind Beth Morley was back out on the water to capture the second day of Act Eight of the Extreme Sailing Series. An Open Water session was due for 4pm to 6pm today but it was cancelled due to the wind, so these are from the Stadium race. Enjoy!
Posted today at 10:09 am
Alinghi and Oman Air neck and neck at Extreme Sailing Series finale
Swiss crew Alinghi remain in pole position after two days of breathtaking action on the iconic waters of Sydney Harbour. Swiss crew Alinghi remain in pole position after two days of breathtaking action on the iconic waters of Sydney Harbour, but it couldn't be tighter at the top as the battle between the two Series frontrunners intensifies.
Posted today at 10:08 am
Tom Squires 'dab's' while skydiving at Sailing World Cup - Melbourne
Tom Squires from the British Sailing Team is in Melbourne jumped out of a plane as part of the event earlier this week. Tom Squires from the British Sailing Team is in Melbourne for the Sailing World Cup Final sailing on the RS:X jumped out of a plane as part of the event earlier this week. He took the opportunity to do his first 'dab' and managed to hurt his shoulder.
Posted today at 7:25 am
Vendee Globe - Dealer's choice - Antipodean duel in stormy low
Armel Le Cleac’h and Alex Thomson have throttled back to preserve their boats and equipment as best they can Gusty, squally winds averaging 40kts, big, confused seas compounded by an awkward wind angle are all contributing to the worst period yet for two leaders of the Vendee Globe as they deal with a nasty, messy low pressure system. Armel Le Cleac’h and Alex Thomson have throttled back to preserve their boats and equipment as best they can but even so speeds are still averaging between 18 and 20 kts.
Posted today at 6:11 am
Vendee Globe - Conrad Colman - 'It’s emotional and shocking'
Conrad Colman has shown in this race that he is not merely able to deal with the technical problems thrown at him Conrad Colman, currently in twelfth place directly south of Madagascar, has shown in this race that he is not merely able to deal with the technical problems thrown at him, but he has also revealed his ability to communicate how he feels and what life is like aboard an IMOCA with all its ups and downs. Here is his reaction to the recent incidents in the race.
Posted today at 5:24 am
International Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Home Cookin'
When Melges 20 first emerged as a top level one-design boat in 2009, it quickly called Coconut Grove and Biscayne Bay When the Melges 20 first emerged as a top level one-design boat in 2009, it quickly called Coconut Grove and Biscayne Bay its winter home for its great mix of perfect sailing conditions and family friendly surroundings.
Posted today at 4:07 am
Solo Round the World record attempt makes long-term sponsorship work
The recent focus in the sailing news has been on the boats racing in the Vendée Globe and the epic battle Tomas Coville is aboard Sodebo vying for the single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation record. Coville rounded Cape Horn at the tip of South America yesterday and is currently turning his bow north as he deals with the strong currents in the Estrecho de le Maire, or the Straits of le Maire
Posted on 8 Dec
Vendée Globe – Thomson locked in battle for first place
Alex, who has been locked in battle with Armel Le Cléac'h, was sitting in second place as he passed the half way mark Alex, who has been locked in battle with Frenchman Armel Le Cléac'h since the race began on November 6th, was sitting in second place as he passed the half way mark - the tip of New Zealand’s south island.
Posted on 8 Dec