Irish Victory, Silver for Germany, and Bronze for Hungary at the J24 EC

Balatonfüred, Hungary – August 27, 2023 – Between August 20th and 27th, the Balatonfüredi Yacht Club, in collaboration with the Hungarian J24 Class Association, the Hungarian Sailing Federation, and the International J24 Class Association hosted the J24 European Championship. With 8 nations, 42 boats, and 210 competitors, the event took place over 5 days with 5 valid races out of
the planned 10. Due to challenging wind conditions, no races were possible on the final day, so medals were awarded based on the standings from the fourth day.


Five Races In, Irish, German, and Hungarian Teams Lead the J24 European Championship on Lake Balaton

The 2023 J24 European Championship continued with two more races on Lake Balaton on Saturday, August 26th. After five races, the Irish team is currently in the lead, with Cillian DICKSON at the helm of „Headcase,” maintaining their top position. In second place is Stefan KARSUNKE skippering „Schwere Jungs,” and in third place, the best Hungarian team is represented by SALLAI Gábor on board „iJroncat,” despite incurring a black flag disqualification during today’s race 5. The introduction of the elimination race after the fifth race has slightly shifted the earlier podium standings.


German Team Takes Lead After 3 Races at European Championship, Followed by Hungarian Team in Second Place

German Team Takes Lead After 3 Races at European Championship, Followed by Hungarian Team in Second Place

On the 3rd race day, Friday, August 25, there was an opportunity to hold just one race. With a total of 3 sailed races, the German team ‘Schwere Jungs’ led by Stefan Karsunke maintained their top position from day 1. ‘iJroncat,’ helmed by Gábor Sallai, secured the 2nd position, and ‘Amuse Bouche,’ skippered by Kurt Dammeier from the USA, climbed to 3rd place.


42 teams, 8 nations with 210 competitors, set off for the J24 European Championship

Between August 20th and 27th, 2023, the J24 European Championship is being held in Balatonfüred, Hungary, in collaboration between the Balatonfüredi Yacht Club, the Hungarian J24 Class Association, the Hungarian Sailing Federation, and the International J24 Class Association. Eight nations, 42 boats, and 210 competitors took to the water. Hungary is hosting the continental competition for the third time after 2008 and 2017.

The 5-day, 10-race competition began on Wednesday, August 23, following a two-and-a-half-day registration process and a light-wind practice race. The first day of racing concluded with two valid races and one abandoned race under the November flag. After the two races, the German team „Schwere Jungs,” led by Stefan Karsunke, is in the lead, followed by a Hungarian crew on „iJroncat” skippered by Gábor Sallai in second place, and the Irish team „Headcase” helmed by Cillian Dickinson in third place.


2023 J24 European Championship Sets Sail in Balatonfüred

Balatonfüred, August 22, 2023 – After two and a half days of registration and inspection, the highly anticipated 2023 J24 European Championship officially commenced at the Balatonfüredi Yacht Club in Balatonfüred, Hungary. Organized jointly by the Hungarian J24 Class, Balatonfüredi Yacht Club, and Hungarian Sailing Federation, this event brings together 8 countries, 42 teams, and 210 sailors on board to compete for the coveted European Championship title.

Over the course of 5 days, the championship will feature a total of 10 races. The first day of racing, August 23, is scheduled to include three races as competitors set out to navigate the challenging waters of Lake Balaton.

The event kicked off with a practise race at 3:00 PM in light and variable winds of 4-6 knots from the west. The practice race was claimed by the Hungarian boat HUN205 „Twenty Big 5,” securing the first place. The Greek entry GRE751 „Hellenic Police” secured second place, followed closely by the German entry GER4406 „Jux und Dollerei” in third place.

GALCO Ropes – strategic partner

We are thrilled to announce our main sponsor for the Hungarian J24 Class and strategic partner of the upcoming 2023 J24 European Championship: Galco Ropes! Galco Ropes is renowned for producing top-quality ropes specifically designed for sailing boats. 
But that’s notall! Galco Ropes has created an incredible 2023 calendar that showcases a different knot each month, demonstrated by renowned figures in Hungarian sailing.  In the month of May, our very own class captain, Erik Hercsel, shares his insights about the flagpole knot.According to Erik, „Flags are not only practical, but they also represent a sense of belonging. They symbolize our connection to a nation, a club, a class, and a community.” And what better way to celebrate belonging than being part of the extraordinary J24 European Championship? Don’t miss out on this fantastic event! Get ready to sail into greatness with Galco Ropes and experience the thrill of the J24 European Championship. See you there!
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