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Beautiful Scenes As Europe’s Longest Lake-Circling Regatta Kicks Off On Lake Balaton – Gallery!

By Ferenc Sullivan // 2015.07.02.

“Kékszalag” (Blue Ribbon), Europe’s longest lake-circling regatta, has kicked off from the shores of Balatonfüred, a resort town on the northern side of Lake Balaton in Hungary.

The field of 540 boats, lined up on an approximately 7-kilometre stretch of the lake’s waterfront between the settlements of Balatonfüred and Zamárdi, begun the competition in a very weak southern wind, the organisers said. Around 3000 sailors have embarked upon the voyage, 155 kilometres in length as the crow flies. Weather forecasts expect a weak to medium-strength southern wind, meaning that the record of 7 hours, 13 minutes and 57 minutes, set by the boat “Fifty-fifty” last year, is probably not in danger.

The “Kékszalag” (Blue Ribbon) contest is the oldest among the regattas around Lake Balaton. The first contest was organised in 1934. The 160 km route goes through the following places: Balatonfüred – Balatonkenese – Tihany – Keszthely – Balatonfüred. This year, the contests international field includes sailors from Poland, Germany, Swtizerland and Slovakia, alongside Hungary.
Several boats stand a good chance in winning the absolute category, including Márton Józsa’s 50-foot “Fifty-fifty” and “Cellum”, 11-times champion Farkas-Litkey’s 35-foot boat.
via telesport.hu
photos: Áron Szántó/MTI