Latinsko Idro Regatta: Captain Fržop on Marinka Boat Wins First Place

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Captain Fržop from Betina swept to victory in traditional Latinsko Idro Regatta, which took place on October 1, 2017, on Murter island.


Latinsko Idro Regatta, or Lateen Sails Regatta, is the oldest regatta of traditional boats with lateen sails, held every year on the day of the Patron Saint Michael (or around that day). This year, the regatta was held on Sunday October 1.

The overall winner of this year’s Latinsko Idro Regatta (Lateen Sails Regatta) in Murter, in competition of 67 traditional wooden boats, was the Marinka boat led by captain Anto Fržop and with Toni Sladić and Ivan Čobanov in the crew, 13-year-old and 14-year-old sailors from sailing clubs JK Žal and JK Primošten, reports Rudinapress on October 1, 2017. 

The race started at 3 pm, and the first boat to have crossed the finish line was Fržop’s Marinka at exactly 5.13 pm. While the other participants complained of a weak wind, his five-meter-long boat caught a break and fair wind, taking the lead from the very start.

“This boat has always been victorious in its class, but rarely was the overall winner of Murter regatta. Well, maybe the wind went our way. A smaller boat sails more easily in the lighter wind; the waves are smaller, the boat is faster, which is why it had a great chance of winning. We started off pretty good. We had to sail strongly into the wind, which is when the others were faster. But overall, the start was good and the boat sailed pretty well throughout the race. That was enough. We were first the whole time, and we did not make a mistake,” commented Fržop.

The Murter boat Trtuša with captain Anto Turčinov took second place, while the Cvita boat from Betina led by Tomislav Jadrešić came in third in the overall rankings. Their boats were the so-called gajeta boats, which are traditional Croatian half-decked one-masted fishing boats. Ranking by category will be announced after the official announcement of the results.

Read more about the history of the regatta here, and the issue of branding the regatta here.


Translated from Rudinapress



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