Zoltán Diószegi won the Silver Ribbon, the first sailing competition of the year

The IRF Ventilo 28th catamaran won the first official sailing competition of the year, the Silver Ribbon Night Touring Competition.

According to the information of the Spartacus Sailing Association on Sunday, Zoltán Diószegi and his crew, András Székely, Csaba Hunfalvy and Gábor Antal, covered the Balatonföldvár-Balatongyörök-Balatonföldvár distance in about ten and a half hours at the third race. The field of 118 boats was thoroughly tested by the weak, westerly winds at night.
The Hungarian federation announced in early May that it would resume competitions from June 1, following the principle of gradation, minimizing security risks. The reduced entry fee for the Silver Ribbon, which started on Saturday, could only be paid by bank transfer due to the mandatory departure of party events, there was no party entry. There will be no award ceremony, and the prizes - including the absolute first inherited wandering prize, a heavy silver tray - will be distributed to the winners later by the organizers.

Zoltán Diószegi and his crew, András Székely, Csaba Hunfalvy and Gábor Antal, covered the Balatonföldvár-Balatongyörök-Balatonföldvár distance in about ten and a half hours. The field of 118 boats was thoroughly tested by the weak, westerly winds at night. The Hungarian federation announced in early May that it would resume competitions from June 1, following the principle of gradation, minimizing security risks. The reduced entry fee for the Silver Ribbon, which started on Saturday, could only be paid by bank transfer due to the mandatory departure of party events, there was no party entry.


Sport sailing on Lake Balaton
Although sailboats have been used for fishing on Lake Balaton for a long time, their use for sports purposes has only slowly spread. Pál Festetics established a shipyard in Fenékpuszta in 1760 using Dutch and Italian carpenters, where the first known Hungarian ship, the Phönix, was built, which was inaugurated on July 16, 1797. The sailing was started here in an interesting way by a steamboat, István Széchenyi brought the legendary Kisfaludy to Lake Balaton, and its crew started sailing.

The Balaton-Füred Yacht Association was established in 1867, according to the statutes of which the smallest ship was 25 tons and the crew could be up to 25 people, the members of the club were mostly members of the aristocratic and aristocratic class. Expensive ships were brought from England, but they were soon destroyed. The Balaton Sailing Association was founded in 1882 and the first race was held on August 22nd. The British shipbuilder Richard Young, who settled in Balatonfüred, built the yachts one after the other. The clubhouse in Balatonfüred was established in 1886, which became the main center of sailing on Lake Balaton. In 1881, the Balaton-Füred Yacht Association took the name Stefánia Yacht Association, which was renamed the Hungarian Yacht Club in 1912, and the following year it was renamed the Royal Hungarian Yacht Club (KMYC) with the permission of the Minister of the Interior and the approval of the king. The Budapest-based Balaton Yacht Club was also established in 1912. Next to Balatonfüred, sailing clubs were established in Aliga, Világos, Almádi, Csopak, Siófok and Lelle. This was made possible by the advent of smaller, cheaper ships in the 1920s and 1930s. Source: wikipedia

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