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This will be the first time for an international race to be held on Hungarian waters for the skiff Olympics classes. The U23 fleet of the 49er and 49er FX are going to race in Balatonfüred at the Junior European Championship in the middle of October.  The organizers are expecting more than 50 boats.

Exactly a month from now, on the 13th of October, the U23 European Championship for the 49er and 49er FX sailing classes will begin in Balatonfüred. The race is extremely important for Hungarian sailing because there has never been an international race organized here at Lake Balaton for the high-performance Olympics classes. This will also be the very first international race taking place at the brand-new harbour of the Hungarian Yachting Association.

“These classes have never had an international competition in Hungary, so it is a huge achievement that this year we can organize the U23 European Championship here in Balatonfüred,” said Csaba Cserép, captain of the Hungarian 49er class, board member of the organizing club, the Balatonfüred Yacht Club. “The 49er and 49er FX are the Olympic classes that represent the future in terms of performance. There will probably be one or two competitors here in this race, who we can perhaps meet at the Paris Games.” added Csaba Cserép.

The club organizing the U23 European Championship, is the Balatonfüred Yacht Club, Hungary’s oldest sailing club, founded in 1867 in Balatonfüred. BYC plays a key role in the country’s youth sailing and talent development, and has an internationally experienced, professional crew. They have successfully organized several major international competitions, European and World Championships, Europa Cups (for example: Laser 4.7 World and European Championship, Laser U21 World and European Championship, Laser Europa Cup, J24 European Championship). The competition is co-organized by the Hungarian Sailing Association.

“It only became official in the middle of summer that the European Championship could not be held at its original location, so a new bid was issued for hosting the race. There were two aspirants, but in the end BYC won the right to organize it. This is a great honour and pleasure, but also a bit of burden, since there wasn’t as much time left for preparation – as in the case of a bid won in a ‘normal’ time,” said István Böröcz, executive director of the organizer BYC. “We are happy to be able to show what we are capable of, so we are looking forward to hosting the U23 generation in a beautiful lake environment, with good races and colourful programs, organized by a team with international background.”

Usually in the junior races, 60-80 boats would start in the 49er class, and 40-50 boats in the 49er FX. It is a great opportunity for the young Hungarian sailors to race in domestic waters, in a friendly environment, without the need to travel, in a very serious fleet, in which, presumably, future Olympic participants and perhaps even Olympic champions will compete.

The opening ceremony of the European Championship and the first meeting for the racers will take place on the 12th of October. The actual races will start the following day, on the 13th of October. The competition is divided into qualifiers and finals. The final races are planned to be held on October 15 and 16. The European Championship will end with the award ceremony on the 16th of October. Competitors can use the brand-new facilities of the Kékszalag port, meanwhile the organizers await them with snacks and fruit every day after the races, and plan two official dinners.

About Balaton:

The location of the European Championship is lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe, with a southwest-northeast axis. It is a beautiful protected natural area, with extremely clean fresh water. Balaton is characterized by variable but generally balanced wind conditions, with moderate wind (10-15 knots) blowing on a typical October day. During weather fronts, the prevailing wind is strong from the NW-SE direction (15-25 knots). There is no current, the waves are typically short. The temperature in October: air (10-18 °C), water (14-18 °C). The competition area will be in the Balatonfüred-Tihany-Siófok triangle.

Oman at a Glance

Perched on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman’s stark beauty and vastly contrasting landscapes have enchanted growing numbers of tourists each year.  With its magnificent desert, secret oases and  breathtaking mountain ranges, Oman is an alluring destination. A tropical underwater paradise lies beneath the turquoise sea, caressing the white sandy beaches that adorn the country’s stunning 3,165 km coastline.  

Alongside this natural wealth is Oman’s rich culture, which blends with modern infrastructure and historical features that span over 7,000 years. Grand forts, exquisite palaces and mystical souqs are sights to behold in the capital, Muscat. A visit to Oman makes you feel right at home from the time you arrive, until the moment you leave. The Sultanate is full of opportunities for adventure, including fascinating tours with an Arabian flavour.  

Oman’s coastline is a paradise for explorers. Its abundance of wildlife includes whales, dolphins, turtles, seahorses, and flamingos. Underwater, its incredible marine life is found close to the water’s surface.  

 

 

 

 

The mountains cover approximately 15% of the country’s land mass. Oman’s main mountain range is the 10,000 foot Al Hajar, which runs from Musandam in the North to the extreme limit of the Arabian Peninsula, Ras Al Had.  

 

 

 

 

Sands and deserts occupy the remaining area; these include two large sand deserts – The Wahiba Sands known as Rimalat Al Wahiba and part of the Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali). Here you can learn about Bedouin culture, camp under a dome of stars and experience the beauty of dawn in the desert.

 

 

 

Oman is known for its tropical climate whilst still subject to seasonal changes. From October through April, the Sultanate offers a lovely climate, with an average temperature of 23 degrees C. Combined with welcoming hospitality, warm seas and stunning landscapes, you can see why tourism in Oman is a growing industry.

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