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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Quantum Sails Hungary, the official service partner of the J/24 Europeans

Quantum Sails Hungary, the official service partner of the J/24 Europeans

The J/24 European Championship 2017 organised between the 24th of September and the 1st of October at Balatonfüred, Hungary, welcomes 49 boats and 250 sailors from 8 countries. Quantum Sails Hungary has been working together with the Hungarian J/24 class for a long time, supporting the Friday Training series and helping members of the class to reach better and better results, not to mention the Hungarian Quantum experts who are active J/24 sailors themselves. Owing to this cooperation more and more Hungarian J/24 boats sail with Quantum Sails and in the past two years many medallists of the regattas were Quantum teams.   „It was evident that we wanted to support the Hungarian organising team of the J/24 Europeans and the almost 50 boats participating at the EC. We would like to make the competition more pleasant and help to solve appearing problems” – said Miklós Rauschenberger, CEO of Quantum Sails Hungary. As the official service partner of the J/24 European Championship...
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J24 European Championship starts this weekend at Lake Balaton

J24 European Championship starts this weekend at Lake Balaton

The European Championship of the most popular One Design keelboat class is to be held between the 24th of September and the 1st of October at Lake Balaton in Hungary. Altogether 250 sailors and 49 boats entered the exciting continental regatta from 8 countries. A strong competition is expected indeed since the German World Champion will be sailing too. Concerning the Hungarian sailors, Farkas Litkey, multiple Hungarian Champion, 13 times Blue Ribbon winner and Soling European and World Champion entered as well as several Hungarian champions, who are internationally well-known sailors in other classes. J24 is the most popular keel One Design boat class in the world: more than 5500 boats are sailing around the globe. Hungary held a European Championship for the first time in 2008 with 35 entries. Since then, the popularity of the class is continuously increasing and it did become the largest One Design boat class of the Hungarian Sailing Association. The J24 class is a general favourite due...
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The summer Balaton showed its windy and varied faces to the sailors

The summer Balaton showed its windy and varied faces to the sailors

Füred Cup, the final series of One Design Trophy was held in a strong wind this weekend at the venue of the J24Europeans Championship. The summer Balaton showed its windy and varied faces to the sailors: the first day races were postponed due to the strong gusts exceeding 35 knots. The wind was still puffy in the morning, but the forecast looked well for the rest of the day so after a short delay the fleet started the regatta under strong but fair conditions.  JINGE won the first race: a newcomer in the class, who started the J24 class only last year, but they have been improving very well this season. The defending Hungarian Champion IJroncat finished second in the first race and JBond037 arrived as third. The wind decreased for the second start but the fleet still used the jib to keep upright. IJroncat won the race just a couple of centimetres ahead of Jukebox and JINGE finished third in this race....
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Up to now more than 40 enter the J24 European Championship

Up to now more than 40 enter the J24 European Championship

A vivid interest has risen in the J24 European Championship 2017: up to now 41 units from 8 nations entered the event. Most of the competitors are from Germany, but there are teams from Sweden, Greece, The Netherlands, England, Italy, Hungary and even from the United States. The organizers are excited to prepare with an experienced and professional team and with interesting social programs for the 10 race championship. Those who are still hesitant to enter the European Championship should be convinced by Hungarian wines, gastronomy and the warm and beautiful water of Lake Balaton. The forthcoming registration period is over by the 24th of August, up to this date the basic EUR500 fee is applicable! The EC is for sure of a high standard: among the entrees, there is last year's World Champion German Team JJOne, the almost entire German fleet - with 2008 J24 EC Champion Peer Kock - Stefan Karsunke with Süllberg and from Sweden the experienced Per Hakan Person with...
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Busy summer season for the Hungarian J24 class

Busy summer season for the Hungarian J24 class

For the J24 class 2017 is all about the preparation for the European Championship. The HUNJCA schedule includes the Fleet championship, the One Design Trophy series, the Fleet Regattas and the Hungarian Championship while Friday Training provides even further tune in for the J24 sailors.  August is rather impressive and dense: regattas almost every weekend. The 11th of August is a Friday Training Regatta and the weekend is the last round of the One Design Trophy in Balatonfüred, at Balatonfüred Yacht Club - the location of the European Championship. The 19th and 20th of August the J24 Class attending the 2-day Fleet Regatta. Then the forthcoming event is the next weekend: the National SLAM Open Championship, also at the location of the EC. The weather is wonderful and the beach life is vivid and fun at Lake Balaton, even at the end of August, the competitors can expect good racing conditions, pleasant summer wind and great battles.  The Hungarian J24 Class welcomes the international...
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