Hans Spitzauer and His Lago 26

Winner of the Burgenland Innovation Prize


At the beginning of November, the “Burgenland Innovation Prize 2014” was granted by Burgenland’s Provincial Governor Hans Niessl at the ceremony which took place in St. Martins Spa & Lodge resort. Hans Spitzauer with his company ChampionShips Yachting GmbH was named the main winner by an independent jury, prevailing among a total of 53 nominees. In addition to the award and a prize of EUR 5,000, the sailing professional Spitzauer was also nominated to win the Austrian State Prize for Innovation.

The prize was given to the most innovative company in the federal province for the 20th time. The number of entries submitted on this anniversary reached an all time high. Our partner Hans Spitzauer, Managing Director of ChampionShips Yachting GmbH based in Neusiedl am See, beat out a large number of very innovative entries. He was named the overall winner thanks to the innovative center board boat Lago 26 which we helped to develop. He was given the Burgenland Innovation Prize 2014 in recognition of his achievements by Provincial Governor Hans Niessl and Deputy Provincial Governor Franz Steindl.

Lago 26 enriches the sport of sailing by its innovative boat concept. It unites the pleasure of weekend sailing with that pure regatta feeling in one boat. On the basis of its strikingly clear design and the use of the most innovative materials such as carbon/glass sandwich and construction methods such as the vacuum process, Lago 26 sets new standards for sailing on inland lakes and coastal waters. The Lago 26 represents a refreshing new interpretation of a cruising dinghy with high demands place on quality and enjoyment in life. The Lago 26 also comprises the successful development of a center board boat enabling very sporty sailing on inland lakes and coastal waters. Nevertheless, sufficient attention is also paid to the life style factor. Sunbathing in a relaxed manner in the spacious cockpit, allowing the soul to dangle while on board and swimming by the open stern all contribute to transforming Lago 26 into a mobile recreational oasis.

We consulted Hans Spitzauer in the development of his strategy, product and branding, and also supplied the design for Lago 26. The yacht construction is from the German engineer Juliane Hempel. Naturally we are very pleased with his success. Congratulations!

Photo rights: WiBAG/Roland Schuller