Day 2 saw slightly less wind with everybody enjoying some awesome downwind rides over the large 2 lap course. Tomai took out race 3 with Chris Sallis (Gt Yarmouth and Gorleston SC) finishing 2nd ahead of Tamas. Race 4 followed a familiar pattern with another 1,2 for Tomai and Tamas, 3rd went to Martin Browne (Gt Yarmouth and Gorleston SC) who was finding some form after opting for a bike ride on day 1!
Day 3 started in a very light southerly and Martin sailed a perfect first beat to lead comfortably at the windward mark. the race was shortened at the end of lap 2 with Martin taking the win followed by Tomai and Giles. Smart work by the race team saw a re-set of the course as the afternoon northerly wind set in.
2 more races were sailed in champagne conditions with tight racing throughout the fleet on the 3 lap windward leeward courses. Race 6 developed into a battle between Tamas, Tomai and Chris finishing in that order. The final race of the day again saw the leading group pull away this time Tomai and Chris swapped the lead until eventually Chris got the win by a bowsprit on the finish. Giles rounded out the top 3.
With only one race scheduled for day 4, all the sailors and organisers enjoyed an excellent meal on the waterfront and a 'surprise-giving' hosted by BYC where various prizes for special categories where presented by BYC and Rooster Hungary.
Going into the final race Tomai had the lead, but with a 13th on his scorecard could not afford a poor result. This gave Tamas, with no results outside the top 5, the opportunity to win the Gold Cup if he could slow Tomai down! Pre-start saw the pair manoeuvring to try and gain the advantage, the start got away cleanly and Tomai and Tamas split tacks.
At the windward mark Marek Bachtik (Czech Republic) lead with Tamas and Tomai close behind, although there was some place changing Marek held on to win with Tamas second and Tomai taking 3rd and the Championship.
The event was superbly organised and very well run by BYC who are celebrating their 150th anniversary this year. Race Officer Bence Fluck proved more master of all the conditions and race management was superb.
Tomai sailed fast and smart all week and can now add the world title to the European championship he won on Lake Lipno last June, Tamas was second and Giles 3rd overall. In the Masters category Giles placed 1st, with Chris 2nd and Marek 3rd.
Racing was competitive throughout the fleet with 5 different race winners over the 8 race series. Everybody will take home fond memories of the event, be it the fantastic hospitality or the superb sailing on the waters of Lake Balaton.
The British fleet now look forward to the Nationals at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston SC at the end of June with the next major European event being Alassio on the Italian Riviera where Tomai will bid to defend his title.
There is a video from BalatonfurediYachtClub at : http://www.d-oneassociation.org/gallery/videos and some great photos at http://byc.hu/galeria/rooster-d-one-gold-cup-2017/
|1st||119||Balázs Tomai||HUN||Balatoni Yacht Club||1||‑13||1||1||2||2||2||3||12|
|3rd||411||Giles Chipperfield||GBR||Lymington Town S. C.||‑5||2||4||5||3||4||3||4||25|
|5th||40||Marek Bachtík||CZE||YC Cere||4||4||‑7||7||7||5||7||1||35|
|7th||409||David Gorringe||GBR||Lymington Town S. C.||3||3||6||6||9||8||(21||14||49|
|8th||767||Gyula Gémesi||HUN||D‑One VSE||8||8||13||9||8||(21||8||8||62|
|9th||8||Nick Crickmore||GBR||Waveney and Oulton||7||5||8||11||6||14||12||‑16||63|
|10th||122||Géza Matyasovszki||HUN||D‑One VSE||(21||12||11||14||5||11||9||5||67|
|11th||10||Matthias Böckl||AUT||UYC Wolfgangsee||(21||10||12||8||13||12||6||9||70|
|12th||120||Piotr Machel||POL||UKS Wiking||6||7||9||12||10||7||‑16||21||72|
|13th||48||Nick Favell||GBR||Great Yarmouth and||9||9||10||10||‑14||10||14||13||75|
|14th||16||Georg Schöfegger||AUT||UYC Wolfgangsee||(21||11||14||13||20||13||13||17||101|
|15th||115||Toni Eigenstuhler||AUT||UYC Wolfgangsee||(21||21||15||15||16||9||15||15||106|
|16th||302||Libor Hosek||CZE||Jachtklub Ceská Lípa||(21||21||16||17||17||15||10||12||108|
|17th||6||Levente Rövid||HUN||D‑One VSE||(21||21||21||18||12||17||11||10||110|
|18th||47||Filip Hosek||CZE||YC Cere||(21||21||17||19||15||16||21||11||120|
|20th||21||Vanessa Weedon-Jones||GBR||Grafham Water SC||(21||21||19||21||18||21||21||18||139|