Lake Balaton Prepares To Welcome Melges 24 Fleet
24 April 2013
April 23, 2013 - This week Balatonfüred's Kolsoka Marina, on the shores of Lake Balaton in Hungary, is gearing up to welcome the International Melges 24 Fleet for the inaugural event in the 2013 Melges 24 European Sailing Series. The MVM Balaton Melges 24 Regatta is sponsored by the MVM Hungarian Power Company and will take place at their lakeside venue from April 25-28.
With the forecast promising a good breeze, lots of sunshine and daytime temperatures well into the 70s the teams can expect fabulous conditions on the azure waters of Eastern Europe's largest lake. Alongside the usual registration tasks and practice racing, happening Thursday April, 25. The regatta will also feature a Tuning Clinic run by reigning Melges 24 World Ranking Champion Riccardo Simoneschi and his Audi Team crew. Racing for the Balaton Melges 24 Regatta will take place from Friday April 26 to Sunday April 28 under the watchful eye of Race Officer Gert Schmidleitner and his highly experienced team.
Already crews from across Europe have entered with competitors traveling from Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland to join the strong local Hungarian fleet. The fleet also looks forward to welcoming its first competitors from the Slovak Republic in the shape of Daniel Kris and his team aboard SVK828 Infinity.
Ashore the organizers have been working with local suppliers and entertainers to create a relaxed and informal social program with a true Hungarian feel. On Friday evening the sailors and their guests will enjoy a Goulash and Hungarian Folk Dancing evening, where the Csopak Folklore Dance Group will not only entertain them but will also be teaching a few dance moves too! On Saturday night there will be a regatta dinner with entertainment provided by the world renowned and award winning Roma Talent Group, featuring young, stunningly gifted Roma music talents who receive world-class training and mentoring to help them progress a career in music.
Lake Balaton will also play host to the 2014 Melges 24 European Championship from May 2-9, 2014. This regatta provides the perfect warm up and the opportunity for teams to familiarize themselves with the venue who plan to race in next year's Europeans.
The 2013 Melges 24 European Sailing Series will feature five major regattas across Europe.
April 26-28 - Lake Balaton Melges 24 Regatta, Hungary
June 22-26 - Kiel Week, Germany
July 26-28 - Torbole Melges 24 Week
August 16-24 - Melges 24 European Championship, Medemblik, Netherlands
September 6-8 - Melges 24 Norwegian Open Championship, Hanko, Norway