Nyári Mikulás wins Alps-Pannonia Cup first
HUN 63 “Nyári Mikulás” helmed by Hungarian Champion Lóránd Gömbös won the Alps-Pannonia Cup for the first time after they won both events: Traunsee Cup in Austria in June, and Johan Anker Cup in Balatonfüred in September.
The Johan Anker Cup was the last event of the season 2017 for the Hungarian fleet. It was a real success: 13 boats, including one from Estonia and one from Austria sailed 5 races, even though the September weather was not very nice to participants.
On Thursday in puffs of sometimes 40 knots no races could be sailed. The participants, however, enjoyed a nice evening with grilled bacon, sausages, and good Hungarian wine thanks to our sponsor, the wineyard Homola.
On Friday, in Westerly winds of 10 to 13 knots four perfect races could be held. Saturday we had a day off, where the boats could participate in the traditional “Round-the-Tihany-penisula” event. The distance race – which is going tricky twice through the Tihany Strait – of about 15 miles was sailed in a nice light breeze with the participation of about 200 boats. Best of the Dragon class was the classic boat “Nemecsek”, and our Autrian friends with “Dragonfly” made silver.
On Sunday, the Johan Anker Cup went on. Unfortunately, the wind was very instable, which resulted in only one, very trick race, where the course should be changed in almost all legs. All in all, the first place of the team HUN 63 (Lóránd Gömbös, Tamás Horgos, Mátyás Majthényi) was never in danger. Indigo with Noel Nedbal on the helm was 2nd, and the Estonian boat with Evegeny Kazakov came in as third after winning the last race.
Thanks go to our host, Hungaria Yacht Club which ensured a perfect infrastructure for this traditional event.