Kékszalag 2017 is taking place on July 6-8.Start is planned for July 6th, Thursday, 9 am.
2016. áprilisában elindult az Erste World szolgáltatás, amely a valódi értékteremtés mellett elköteleződő kiemelt ügyfeleknek kínál befektetési megoldásokat. Erste World egy, a megszokott prémium kiszolgálásnál jóval komplexebb termékkört és kiszolgálási modellt jelent, amelybe beletartozik többek között a modell portfóliós megközelítésű befektetési tanácsadás ugyanúgy, mint a banki számlatermékektől kezdve a strukturált termékekig terjedő széles termékkínálat.
The first Kék Szalag (Blue Ribbon) Round the Lake Balaton Race was started on 1934. Held once in two years (except 1944 and 1946 because of the II. World War) and yearly since 2001 the sailing course has remained more or less the same. Start and finish lines at Balatonfüred and an approximately 155 km long distance course without stopover including turning marks at Balatonkenese the eastern, and at Keszthely the western end of the Lake Balaton. The Kékszalag of the Lake Balaton is the oldest existing round a lake competition in Europe. ( Bol d’Or since 1939, Rund um and Centomiglia since 1951) The course is the longest among the main european round the lake events and nowadays has also the largest fleet competing (612 boats in 2009).
1940: The first win for the „Tramontana” 8R yacht still the most succesfull boat in the history of the Blue Ribbon with seven wins. The wind was again light on the first half of the race but a storm and the strong wind has arrived at Szigliget. „Tramontana” won with a 20 minutes advantege ahead of the two times winner Béla Kovács who sailed again the „Kincsem III.”. It is the first win of a women as the skipper of „Tramontana” was Mrs. Kultsár Evelyn Gordon. She and Tramontana also won the next edition in 1942.
No race was held due to the World War II. Anyhow an interesting fact proves the strong wish of the hungarian sailors to race even in those terrible circumstances. In the summer of 1944 the bombers of the Allied Forces were often flying over the Lake Balaton and the long distance races were cancelled. Even so on the originally planned starting time of the Blue Ribbon 28 boats gathered at Balatonfüred racing to compensate the lack of the famous race. They had to postpone the start because of a flight of bomber troops in the morning. Finally they could sail the race in good wind of course on a much shorter and coastal course.
After the War the first Kékszalag was held in 1947. This way the competition moved to the odd years. In order to help the revival of the sailing life of the tormented country and encourage the sailors to race again there were no entry fee but each participant was gifted by a piece of bacon.
In 1955 the 75 sqm Skerry Cruiser "Nemere II." sailed around the course within 10 hours and 40 minutes. The great record could not be broken for 57 years. Although the boats are getting faster and faster the wind is rarly so fresh and stable like it was in 1955. Finally the record was broken in 2012 by the special two masted hungarian designed and built Catamaran the Fifty-Fifty. Márton Józsa"s team saild even faster in 2014 so the actual record is 7 hours 13 minutes and 57 seconds. The Monohull record holder is the Raffica Libera.
The most succesful sailor of the Kékszalag history is Farkas Litkey with 11 line honour wins. He won nine in a row from 2001 to 2009. In 2010 helming a Multihull he finished on the 4th place but won again in the next year. In 2012 his mast was broken close to the finish line when he sailed on the second place and in 2013 he won his eleventh title.
In 1934 the Kékszalag was founded as an open race for the title of the fastest boat of the Lake Balaton. In the following years different kind of restrictions were incorporated to the sailing instructions banning out several sailing boat types. The discussions to open the Kékszalag to the modern boat types have strengthened in the nintees when the sailing life and the boatbuilding in Hungary has started to develop again. Hovever the Hungarian Yachting Association heve noticed an increased demand to hold the competition annualy. Since 2001 the Kékszalag became a yearly event. In 2010 the HYA has decided to gradually dismantle the restrictions. This way in 2014 the Kékszalag became an open event equaly for monohulls or multihulls, a free competition for the title of the fastest boat of the Lake Balaton. Exacly like our ancestors has dreamt it 80 years earlier
A Hungária Yacht Club 1934-ben írta ki a Balaton első Kékszalagját
Rabonbán I., 30-as Cirkáló, kormányosa dr. Ugron Gábor volt.
2010-ben a 42. Kékszalagon 623 hajón, 9 nemzet 3115 versenyzője vett részt a versenyen.
Litkey Farkas 11-szer. 2001-2009-ig zsinórban kilencszer, majd 2011-ben és 2013-ban győzött.
Kultsár Istvánné Gordon Evelyn - 1940, 1942. Ő egyelőre az egyetlen abszolút győztes női kormányos a verseny történetében.
A jelenlegi rekord 7 óra 13 perc 57 másodperc, melyet a Fifty-Fifty állított fel 2014-ben.