This year's sailing season started in Balatonfüred on Saturday morning with the wreathing of Lake Balaton and a solid celebration. Lajos Kollár, President of the Hungarian Sailing Association (MVSZ), emphasized that the postponed Olympics due to the coronavirus epidemic affected everyone painfully, but the task of the association is to help keep Olympians and sailors in shape by preserving the quotas they have already acquired, or get back in shape for next summer in Tokyo.He added: there are even “faint hopes” for further quota acquisition. The president encouraged sailors to break records this year that they lost in the spring, bring them back in the season, and get more people into the races. István Bóka, the mayor of Balatonfüred, called the event symbolic. THE the mayor put it this way: the sailing break ceremony said that “we live, we are here and we are waiting for the season at Lake Balaton”. The mayor confirmed that the Blue Ribbon could also be held at Lake Balaton at the end of July, adding that they were looking forward to the season with optimism and hope. Károly Kontrát, the Member of Parliament of the region, called Lake Balaton a national treasure, emphasizing that Balatonfüred and the settlements of the Balaton Uplands were also prepared for the season. The traditional sailing dismantling ceremony has been held on Lake Balaton since 1935, it was only left over during the war. This year, the national flag was hoisted from the deck of the renovated Tramontana instead of the oldest ship on the lake, the Kishamis, and then the crew symbolically wreathed Lake Balaton.
Racing on sailing yachts started on Lake Balaton as early as the 19th century.
“The current fleet of sailing ships floating on Lake Balaton already consists of a large number of ships; these are competitive: “Princess”, “Queen”, “Mariska”, “Mermaid” (18-ton two-masted), “Jolánta” (9-ton), “Florida” (8-ton), these are the larger sailboats; and “Memento,” “Blue-Roek,” “Yellow Rose,” “Windstorm,” “Nameless,” and “Holy,” these are the smaller sailboats (less than five tons.)
- A look back at sailing! for the season, Hunter and Competition Journal, 28th grade, 1884.
The leaders of the Hungária Yacht Club in Balatonfüred, founded in 1933, wanted to hold a non-stop sailing competition on Lake Balaton, at the end of which the fastest boat would win, as it had never been before in the history of Lake Balaton. The first race for the blue ribbon was organized by the club on July 27, 1934, with 21 boats starting and only two giving up the race. The winner was Gábor Ugron with his ship Rabonbán. The long capitalist 30 cruiser (schärenkreuzer) was built in 1927 in Germany. The race was based on the ideas of the sailors of the Hungária Yacht Club: Miklós Antal, Győző Kemény, János Grofcsik, Miklós Tuss, Gyula Keresztény and their members. The successful cruise ship type 30 is still built and developed on Lake Balaton based on the original design enclosure formula. In the 1930s, with the effective support of the Hungarian Sailing Association, sailing developed significantly in Hungary. The most successful ship of all time is the wooden Tramontana on the Blue Ribbon. With the classic cruiser, its helmsmen won the Blue Ribbon in 1940, 1942, 1963, 1971, 1977, 1979 and 1989.
Since the competition in 2014, both traditional (non-trapezoidal) single-hull vessels and multi-hull hydrofoils born during the development of modern technology can start. The increasing speed advantage of multi-hull vessels was made possible by the technological development of shipbuilding, and new materials have also revolutionized ship design in the history of the Blue Ribbon. In the popular race around the lake, hydrofoil catamarans competing and wishing to compete in the Open Multi-Body Division were operated, with foilers and a T-lift steering wheel operating at speeds of 13-15 knots (approx. 26 km / h). It then rises above the water in the hull, minimizing resistance in the water. From 2017, the Extreme 40 hydrofoil sailing ships have also appeared on Lake Balaton. It was expected that sooner or later carrier wing trimarans that would improve speed records would also appear. The “Hungexpo Hungarian Silence”, a fully Hungarian-developed ship named “Hungexpo Hungarian Silence”, built with the use of the most modern technologies and materials and capable of flying (foiler), will start on the Blue Ribbon in 2018 as planned. Most of the departing boats are also found on the water and in the race on the second day, which puts a serious physical and psychological strain on the crews of the boats. In 2018, another record was set after more than 660 ships entered the race. - Source wikipedia
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