I started making models in 1962 when I was at primary school, as seen in my old MHS membership card (MHS stands for Hungarian Military Sportsclub). First I only built plane models, although influenced by Dékány books I had always been keen on model boats. As far as I remember it was in 1966 or 1967 after following András Vönöczky’s instructions I built my first DM class boat, which was still a model boat without a remote control as such a thing did not exist then.I know that you have been the event coordinator of several races, however never of a world championship so far. Does it require a different approach from organizing a yearly European Championship?
Definitely. The European Cup events are suitable as practice, training for organizing a WC. More competitors from more countries, higher federation requirements and the larger media attention each make the event planners organize the event in better quality. Iam not referring to the rules as they are the same in every race, even at a club regatta. A WC involves a lot of extra organizing such as providing accurate information, services to the participants, which through the flawless organization can have an impact on judging our dear country, therefore everything must work out well. The responsibility is much greater.
The 1992 Sopron World Cup impressed me most. After the fall of the iron curtain we had participants from a great many countries. The organization was carried out excellently by the late Sosztarich András.How did the choice fall on Orfű, as the venue of the WC?
I have always wanted to organize a world cahmpionship in this wonderful place. We have always maintened good relations with Orfű Sailing Club, therefore we have been organizing events here for 24 years. Since 2014 we have had the opportunity to organize the European Cup as well. The president of the sailing section of our international organization has also participated in these international events. The organization won his approval so we brought up the subject of having the WC here. He found the venue and the organization suitable for a world championship and we applied to the world association NAVIGA through our national federation. The international organization accepted our application and we are pleased to organize the XIX NAVIGA RC Sailing World Championship in Orfű, on Pécsi Lake.