This year's sailing race Blue Ribbon on Lake Balaton had a new winner, and the best racers were again awarded with Herend Trophies: the catamaran Racing Django, led by Zoltán Petrányi, finished on the first place. The sailing race started with 561 boats and 269 could finish within 48 hours in extremely weak winds.
The Blue Ribbon is Europe's longest lake sailing race, held for the first time in 1934. The sailors have 48 hours to complete the approximately 155 km distance starting from Balatonfüred. According to the organizer Hungarian Sailing Association, this year was the Blue Ribbon of sportsmanship, as many sailors reached the finish regardless of the time limit set in the rules, furthermore, a touching last moment highlighted the fair play of the racers.
During the Saturday evening award ceremony in Balatonfüred, the Hungarian Sailing Association gave a number of prizes to the racers of Blue Ribbon. The Racing Django’s crew, winner of the absolute category, received an exclusive porcelain cup from the Herend Porcelain Manufactory Ltd., and Herend Trophies were given to second and third placed boats as well. In addition, the winners, runners-up and third placed sailors of more than 30 boat classes, the best female helmsman, and the best navigated boat were recognized.
Congratulations to the winners and especially for exemplary sportsmanship!