Swiss Safram wins 47th Kékszalag regatta at Lake Balaton
The Swiss Safram team won the 47th Kékszalag (Blue Ribbon) Árkád Grand Prix, Europe’s biggest international long-distance regatta, mno.hu reported.
According to the official website of the regatta, the winner team finished the competition at 2.06 a.m. on Friday after a long and exciting light wind race. The Swiss team sailed 17 hours 6 minutes and 22 seconds.
The runner-up was the 50 feet long twin mast catamaran called Fifty-Fifty skippered and helmed by Márton Józsa. The 50 footer twin-mast catamaran’s 7 hours 14 minutes Kékszalag course record, sailed in 2014, was not in danger in the weak wind race.
Cellum, a Décision 35 multihull helmed by the 11-times Kékszalag winner Farkas Litkey finished in 3rd place.
As the wind was weak during the first day of the race, the 155 kilometres distance proved to be too difficult for some boats to finish within the 48 hour time limit, therefore they had to give up the competition before crossing the finish line.
In total, 540 boats lined up on the 47th Kékszalag Árkád Grand Prix on Thursday, the website says.
based on the article of mno.hu
translated by Gábor Hajnal