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Blue Ribbon Regatta, Europe’s Oldest Round Lake Competition Kicks Off – PHOTOS!

Hungary Today 2021.07.22.

The 53rd Blue Ribbon (Kékszalag) Regatta, Europe’s oldest and most prestigious lake circumnavigation competition, began Thursday morning at the port of Balatonfüred.

The Blue Ribbon Regatta, also known as Kékszalag, is the oldest and one of the longest lake circumnavigation competitions in Europe, with the first race held back in 1934, originally once every two years (except in 1944 and 1946 because of the Second World War), and yearly since 2001.

48-hour Blue Ribbon Regatta Winner Completes Journey in 18 Hours in Windless Race
48-hour Blue Ribbon Regatta Winner Completes Journey in 18 Hours in Windless Race

On Thursday, hundreds of sailors took to the waves of Lake Balaton at Balatonfüred to test themselves on one of the most popular sailing regattas in Europe, the Kékszalag (Blue Ribbon). The competing sailors have 48 hours to complete the journey back to the city. This year, the RSM2, governed by Róbert Vándor, was the […]Continue reading

Since its start, the sailing course has remained more or less the same: the start and finish lines are situated in Balatonfüred and sailors complete an approximately 160 km-long course around the lake.

Sailors have 48 hours to get around Lake Balaton, although the course record is only 7 hours 13 minutes.

Summer in Hungary: Balatonfüred
Summer in Hungary: Balatonfüred

Hungary Today’s new, recurring series ‘Summer in Hungary’ takes a look at some of the best places to enjoy the summer weather and spend your holidays. We will collect some of the most beautiful and fun Instagram pictures, from a relaxing weekend at the beaches of Lake Balaton and Velence, the Balaton Cross Swimming and […]Continue reading

From Balatonfüred, sailors make their way towards Siófok, the largest town along the southern shore, then cross the Tihany Strait to Keszthely at the southwest corner of Lake Balaton. From there, they head northeast again to return to the port of Balatonfüred once more.

Photo: Tamás Vasvári/MTI

Photo: Tamás Vasvári/MTI

Photo: Tamás Vasvári/MTI

Photo: Tamás Vasvári/MTI

Photo: Tamás Vasvári/MTI

Photo: Tamás Vasvári/MTI

Photo: Tamás Vasvári/MTI

Photo: Tamás Vasvári/MTI

Featured photo by Tamás Vasvári/MTI