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LAKE BALATON

Lake Balaton is the largest lake in Central Europe, situated in the middle of the Hungarian Trans-Danube territory in the western part of the country. The 77-km-length and the 14 km width form a 600-square kilometre-water surface. The Tihany peninsula divides the lake in two parts and forms an app. 1 km-wide strait close to mid-lake, were also the deepest point of the lake lies (11 metres). The main axis of the lake is SW-NE oriented.
The water depth varies between 0.5 and 5 metres, the south-shore being more shallow and gradually deepening (2 metres depth after a 600-1000 m distance from the shoreline). At the hilly Northern shore, the depth starts with about 1.5 meters and reaches 5 metres relatively soon.

The wave pattern is unique: the short and relatively high waves can be very rough and choppy in heavy wind. The average wavelength is 3-4 metres, increasing up to 6 metres in strong winds. The height of the waves averages 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres in heavy weather when the crests fall through. On extremely rare instances with winds over 80 km/hour, the wave crests are blown away by the wind and dust of -steam is formed just above the water surface, posing a significant risk of drowning for swimmers.

RACING AREA

The championship sailing area is an eight-mile (12,9 Km) long stretch on Lake Balaton. The northern boundary of the racing area is the northern coast of the Lake Balaton itself (from Balatonfüred to Alsóörs) while Balatonföldvár and Siófok form the southern boundary. To the west and east of the race area lie the rest of the Lake Balaton. 

The water is in average 2-5 meters deep. No predominant wind direction can be observed, but wind conditions at Lake Balaton are overall balanced, providing challenging and exciting conditions for racing. 

Distance and time to race course:
The distance to the race area from the harbor is approx. 1 – 1.5 nautical miles. Time to sail to race area – between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on wind direction and force. 

Obstructions en route:
The racing area is not subject to commercial shipping, only recreational shipping and sailing is permitted on Lake Balaton. 

WEATHER AND WIND CONDITIONS EXPECTED

Lake Balaton is the largest lake in Central Europe, situated in the middle of the Hungarian Trans-Danube territory in the western part of the country. The 77-km-length and the 14-km-width form a 600 km2 water surface. The Tihany peninsula divides the lake in two parts, and forms an app. 1 km-wide strait close to mid-lake, where also the deepest point of the lake lies (11 metres). The main axis of the lake is SW-NE oriented.
The water depth varies between 0.5 and 5 metres, the south-shore being more shallow and gradually deepening (2 metres depth after a 600-1000 m distance from the shore line). At the hilly Northern shore the depth starts with about 1.5 meter and reaches 5 metres relatively soon. 

The wave pattern is unique: the short and relatively high waves can be very rough and choppy in heavy wind. The average wavelength is 3-4 metres, increasing up to 6 metres in strong winds. The height of the waves averages 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres in heavy weather, when the crests fall through. On extremely rare instances with winds over 80 km/hour, the wave crests are blown away by the wind and a dust of -steam is formed just above the water surface, posing a significant risk of drowning for swimmers. 

BOATS

Launching facilities – 1 dockside crane + 1 additional dockside crane at a nearby harbor (upon hauling-out)
Mooring facilities— BYC Marina, fully equipped 100+ yachts harbor with all facilities at excellent quality.
Mast stepping equipment availability – Gin poles + separate mast stepping crane available on the club area.
Location of marine supply and repair shops: Sailmaker’s overnight repair facilities, and marine supply shops within walking distancE.
Trailer storage — adjacent to Club (approximately 200m). 

CHARTER BOATS

a. A limited number of high-quality charter boats can be arranged from within the Hungarian J/24 Class Association.
b. Max charter fee €4k.
c. All charter boats pre-measured and weighed. 

BOAT TRANSPORTATION

Nearest port for shipment of boats – Budapest Dock
Time from port to yacht club – 90 minutes.
Unbundling and/or truck/trailer charges – None
Costs and arrangements for any ferry crossings for trailered boats
Szántód-Tihany 12-15 Euros 

CREW TRANSPORTATION

Nearest Airports

Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport – https://www.bud.hu/ Closest international airport. The Club is 160 kms from the Airport, approx. 2 hours, which operates flights to most European destinations. Buses link the airport to Budapest central stations, from where Balatonfüred can be reached by train in about 2 hours.
Vienna International Airport – https://www.viennairport.com major international hub 200 kms from the Club, approx. 3 hours drive. 

By car the easiest way is to take the main road 71. If you’re coming from Budapest, you can use the motorway M7 (until the exit by the kilometre-sign 90, towards Balatonfüred). The distance from Budapest to Balatonfüred is 130 kms. Please note, that on all motorways (M1-M7) you have to buy a vignette sold at petrol stations. 

There is a fast growing highway network in Hungary (1,480 km in total). Each highway starts at Budapest. These are the most useful motorways: 

M1 – connection to Győr, Austria and Slovakia (west)
M3/M30/M35 – connection towards Ukraine
M5 – connection to Serbia, via Kecskemét and Szeged (south-east)
M6/M60 – Connection to Dunaújváros and Pécs (south)
M7/M70 – connection to Lake Balaton, from Croatia and Slovenia (south-west) 

ACCOMODATION

Balatonfüred and the surrounding areas within 10 kms, or 20-minute-drive, has a wide choice of accommodation available including:
Hotels – from €70 per person sharing twin-bed room per night.
Guesthouses from €60
Airbnb 
Campsite will be available approx. 1.5 miles away.

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