The European Championship of the FD class continued with another three races today in Balatonföldvár.
Raceday 4 began with an hour of postponement, then the forcasted Northerly wind duely arrived blowing 6-12 knots, rather shifty and puffy in the beginning. As the day progressed, conditions settled as the breeze picked up.
Overninght leaders Majthényi and Domokos executed their tactical task for race 6: stay close to the Bojsen-Möller boat, their current rivals for the title. The pair sticked together throughout the race, and after rounding the first mark in the twenties, they managed to finish 6th and 7th respectively. Their class showed especially in the downwind parts of the course. Hungarian Süli and Papp showed stellar form to lead the way around only to lose the race to the Borowski brothers in the final approach to the finish. With their second race win, the German duo is on fire, looks even stronger for a podium finish.
The wind picked up and settled in race 7, the leading trio engaged in a tight battle. The Hungarians came out on top in the last downwind to take the race win, Schafers-Happich came second, the Boysen-Möllers 3rd and the Borowskis 4th.
At 4 pm PRO Bence Fluck was determined to conduct the third race of the day as conditions were near perfect. In the building breeze the unstoppable Hungarians took advantage of their good speed and stamina to take victory ahead of Markhoff-Stöckmann and Schafers-Happich from Germany. HUN 70 pulled out a magic last mark rounding to jump in the lead from 3rd position.
After 8 races the second discard came into play. Regardless of tomorrow’s last race, Szabolcs Majthényi and András Domokos secured their sixth European Championship gold medal – beside the 13 World titles. They are in the FD elite for 25 years now, but this one is special – it is the first major title they won on home waters.
The battle is on for the podium positions tomorrow, one last race will decide the silver and bonze medals.
+ Results after 8 races
+ Photo gallery