On the opening day of the 2019 Flying Dutchman Europeans the first 2 races have been conducted in mild, sunny but rather shifty conditions on Lake Balaton.
The fleet was clear of the start only after several attempts in both races, the organizers had to use black flag at the start of the 1st race. From one hand this was thanked to the tricky, shifty wind conditions where one could easily find himself on the wrong side of the line seconds before the start, but some of the crews were probably testing the strictness and capabilities of the organizing comittee, whether they can manage a fleet of 67 boats from 17 different countries. Well, they did! After the black flagged start a total of 4 boats have been disqualified from race 1.
It is the Bojsen-Möller brothers (actually cousins), who are leading the pack after 2 races harvesting a well deserved first and second place. The 13 times world champion Hungarian crew, Majthenyi & Domokos duo is currently on 2nd position with consecutive 3rd places. Current 3rd is the local Ziegler – Czeizel boat with an outstanding performance of 8th and 4th places. The “peloton” is not far behind with several German crews who are not new for the Balaton conditions.
“We rounded the first top mark in 10th place in both races. The south-westerly – which is normally well known to us – has shifted 30 degrees at the worst moment, and although the organizers have reacted quick and modified the course, we had to fight hard to get back to the top of the fleet. We could gain positions mainly during downwind with good tactics and were able to catch a few more boats just before the finish line” – said Szabolcs Majthenyi
The organizers are expecting a greater variety of wind conditions in the upcoming days so there is plenty of room to improve in the remaining 7 races.
Results after Day 1