The winners of this year’s 53rd Blue Ribbon sailing regatta were decided in one of the toughest races of all time. The title was won by defending champion RSM2 ahead of Fifty-Fifty.
The Blue Ribbon is the largest round-the-lake sailing regatta in Europe, first held on Lake Balaton in 1934. The 53rd Blue Ribbon Grand Prix started with 556 sailboats in 25 degrees Celsius sunshine in Balatonfüred. The sensation of the start was that the sailboat Kishamis, built 125 years ago, also appeared on the starting line.
The RSM2, a 13.45-meter-long, 24-meter-high catamaran, was the fastest like last year in the tightest finish of all time.
The top three sailors lifted beautiful trophies made by the Herend Porcelain Manufactory and handed over by Dr. Attila Simon, CEO of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory Ltd. The form of the Herend trophies evokes the 19th century while the Apponyi pattern painted on them the 20th century. The decor can be linked to Count Albert Apponyi, who first ordered it in 1932, while the blue colour of the Apponyi pattern is the result of today’s modern product innovation, symbolizing Lake Balaton. As the round-the-lake sailing regatta is renewed year after year while preserving traditions, the Herend trophies are also born in the thought of tradition and innovation so that the winners can lift them to the highest.