Visiting Lake Balaton is a must in the summer, and its shoreline and surroundings are full of surprises every year. Lake Balaton, sparkling in marvellous blue, is an important venue for music festivals and wine festivals, as well as sporting events, Of which the Blue Ribbon Regatta is deservedly one of the most popular.
A festival of traditions
The blue riband was awarded to the vessel that crossed the Atlantic the fastest. Hungária Yacht Club transferred this age-old tradition to Hungary’s largest lake in 1934, the first time it announced the greatest round-the-lake regatta in Central Europe. It remains the most important regatta on Lake Balaton today. Following the spectacular regatta you can also discover the best wines the Balaton wine districts have to offer.
The Balaton Blue Ribbon is also a festival of traditions. It is always held on the July weekend closest to the full moon. The regatta is launched by a traditional cannon fired in Balatonfüred. The sailors then go to Balatonkenese, Siófok and Keszthely, before returning to Balatonfüred. The distance is 155 km as the crow flies, and has to be completed within 48 hours under wind power alone and without mooring. The finish line is marked in front of Balatonfüred marina.