Inaugural Hungarian 18ft Skiff Grand Prix

2009 JJ Gilltinan Shield 18 footer Worlds
Allan Barron
The inaugural Hungarian 18ft Skiff Grand Prix will be sailed at Lake Balaton, Hungary from 12-15 May, and is the first European Grand Prix of 2011.

Miklos Ujhelyi-Gaspar, the leading Hungarian 18ft Skiff skipper and 2010 European champion, advises that the four-day long event will be organised by the Spartacus Sailing Club at the south side of the lake located at Balatonfoldvar.

Miklos said: 'We plan to do ten races, with one long distance race around about the Tihany peninsula. It will be a great challenge and a beautiful voyage'.

'The Hungarian sailors await the 18ft fleet with great excitement as this will be the first international 18ft regatta in Hungary'.

'The organisers will be trying to do everything to make it an unforgettable regatta for the competitors. We wait with Hungarian food and drinks and with a bar above the lake'

'We expect 10-15 boats will line up, with teams from Denmark, Germany, UK and Switzerland as well as four Hungarian boats'.

'Thanks to our sponsors, we will also have TV coverage'.