Hungarian victory at the 2017 J24 European Championship,  Robert Bakoczy and his Team became the European Champion

Hungarian victory at the 2017 J24 European Championship, Robert Bakoczy and his Team became the European Champion

The Open European Championship was won by American Keith Whittemore Hungarian victory crowned the J24 European Championship which was held in Balatonfüred between September 24 and October 1st. The title was decided during the very last race of the 10-race competition. The continent trophy was won by young Robert Bakoczy and his dynamic team after 4 days of consistent sailing who also finished 6th on this year’s Melges24 world championship. The Open Champion title was won by American Keith Whittemore. 250 competitors on 48 boats from 8 countries sailed the waters around Balatonfüred during the European Championship on board of the world’s most popular OneDesign keel boat, the J24. Light wind continued to be the theme during the last race day, but despite of the challengingly shifty conditions the Race Committee, headed by Bence Fluck managed to run 2 races on the final day.Race 9 was sailed in 7-8knots. Race 9 was sailed in 7-8knots noth-easterly winds in which 3 German Teams...
Read More
Farkas Litkey is leading after 8 races at the J24 European Championship

Farkas Litkey is leading after 8 races at the J24 European Championship

Teams sailed 4 races today, on the 3rd day of the 2017 J24 European Championship, having accomplished eight races in total. Friday was a busy day, not only in race numbers but also in number of protests, so the international jury was kept busy as well. Farkas Litkey (Pelle Nera) took over the lead though tied on points with second Keith Whittemore (Furio), while Balazs Tomai (Jenesis) sits at third after Rauschenberger Miklos (Jukebox) was disqualified from race 8 by the technical committee for faulty sailing. The top league have reorganised, competition is tight, spots on the podium are still up for grabs. The day started out with shore postponement. After a short wait, the fleet headed out to the course area. The fleet sailed Race5 in 6-8-knot easterly winds. Leading Miklos Rauschenberger (Jukebox) won Race 5, followed by Frank Schönfeldt (Henk), Greek Anthimos Nikolaidis (Evniki) finished third though due to being over the line early they earned a BFD, therefore...
Read More
3 Hungarian Teams are on top of the Leaderboard after 4 races at the 2017 J24 European Championships

3 Hungarian Teams are on top of the Leaderboard after 4 races at the 2017 J24 European Championships

The second race day continued with 2 further races at the 2017 J24 European Championship on Lake Balaton. After four races three Hungarian teams rule the top league. Jukebox is leading with Miklos Rauschenberger at the helm, shadowed by Jenesis, helmed by Balázs Tomai, while Pelle Nera helmed by Farkas Litkey is third. Due to the black flag start rules, yesterday’s favourites, the American Keith Whittemore on Furio and the German Daniel Frost on JJone lost their positions as they haven’t been able to drop their BFD’s. The day started out beautifully in 7-9 knots of easterly winds. The first three teams to round the first upwind mark during the 3rd race was German Tom Stryi (LUV), Hungarian Gabor Sallai (iJroncat) and also fellow Hungarian Farkas Litkey (Pelle Nera), keeping their positions until the finish of that race. German Stefan Karsunke on Süllberg finished fourth, while the current overall leader Miklos Rauschenberger on Jukebox crossed the finish line 5th. The middle...
Read More
Hungarian Dominance at the 2017 J24 European Championship

Hungarian Dominance at the 2017 J24 European Championship

Miklós Rauschenberger with his crew on Jukebox is leading the regatta with two wins Two races were sailed on September 27th, the first day of the 2017 J24 European Championships. Both races were ruled by the Hungarian teams occupying 10 spots in the top 20. Jukebox, helmed by local Miklos Rauschenberger has secured 2 wins by confident sailing, followed by the current American National Champion Keith Whittemore on Furio, while last year’s World Champion, JJone helmed by Daniel Frost and his crew came in third. The first race on the first race day of the Continent Championship started out in light, easterly 7-9 knot winds at 10 am as scheduled. First start was under U flag, but loads of excited competitors went over the start line early, so the second start was under the Black Flag. Seemingly the teams were more careful at the second start in order not to be disqualified, so only 2 boats, HUN2 and GER5467 were over early...
Read More
The J24 European Championship kicks off with the participation of 48 teams, 8 nationalities and 250 crew

The J24 European Championship kicks off with the participation of 48 teams, 8 nationalities and 250 crew

250 competitors of 8 nations on 48 boats have registered for the 2017 J24 European Championship which is organised by the Balatonfüredi Yacht Club in Balatonfüred, Hungary between September 24th and October 1st. The European Regatta has been proceeded by a 3-day registration session where all the boats and sails have been measured. Though the practice race had to be cancelled due to lack of wind, competitors have been compensated by a fantastic Opening Ceremony in the Club followed by an awesome party with good food and plenty of drinks. The Opening Day kicked off with beautiful sunshine and pleasant easterly wind which some of the competitors took advantage of for training. Unfortunately, the wind has completely died down by the afternoon, so the practice race needed to be called off by the Race Committee. The Opening Ceremony was a truly remarkable event where the Balatonfüredi Yacht Club’s young optimist competitors sailed into the Marina each carrying the flag of a competing...
Read More