Spectators' information

Participate in the great annual Lake Geneva sailing festival
by watching the start of Bol d’Or Mirabaud

On land

WHEn ?

Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 10:00 (start of the race) 

WHERE ?

The two starting lines are set up in advance by the Société Nautique de Genève, from the left bank to the right bank, offshore from Port Tunnel approximately. To be sure to see the start, we recommend the following options: Vengeron beach if you’re on the right bank, or along the Cologny waterfront promenade, as well as the Pré Byron on the Cologny heights if you’re on the left bank.


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WATCH THE SAIlboats leave 

The Société Nautique de Genève is open to the public during the entire weekend and is delighted to welcome all those wishing to follow the regatta. Come watch the sailboats depart at 7:00 in the morning from the north jetty, and follow the race on giant screens installed in the Club-House. 

follow the race around lake geneva

To see the boats go by during the race, don’t hesitate to visit the many terraces and promenades along the racecourse. From Bellevue to Montreux, via Nyon, Morges and Lavaux, on the Swiss side, and Saint-Gingolph to Yvoire, via Evian, on the French side. The famous rounding mark at Le Bouveret in the eastern lake can be seen from ashore. The Signal de Bougy also offers an exceptional view of the whole race.

watch the finish

Meet us at the regatta finish to welcome sailors as they arrive in a festive, friendly atmosphere at the  Société Nautique de Genève. 

STAY TUNED

During the entire event, you can stay informed of the latest race developments on the official radio station: Radio Lac (Genève - 91.8, Nyon - 93.3, Gland, Lausanne - 95.6, Riviera, Montreux, Vevey, Villeneuve - 95.2),  on our official TV station: Léman Bleu, and by following Tribune de Genève and 24 Heures, our offical partner media. 

Visit our LIVE platform during the race; we will be publishing regular news, as well as pictures, videos and geo-tracking. 

You can also follow the race on our social media: 

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/BoldOrMirabaud
Twitter : https://twitter.com/BoldOrMirabaud
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/instabom/
YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/user/videosboldormirabaud

On the lake

EMBARK ON A COMPAGNIE GÉNÉRALE DE NAVIGATION (CGN) BOAT

If you’d like to watch the Bol d’Or Mirabaud another way, embark on one of the Compagnie Générale de Navigation (www.cgn.ch) passenger lines or cruise boats, with optional onboard dining. We have negotiated special offers for the Bol d'Or Mirabaud spectators. We particularly recommend the following routes to meet the Bol d’Or Mirabaud competitors on the water:

  • The Henry Dunant, from Genève-Mont-Blanc (leaving 10:15) or from Genève-Eaux-Vives (leaving 10:24), via Versoix (10:47), Coppet (11:01), Nyon (11:29), Nernier (11:50), Yvoire (11:57), Rolle (12:30), Saint-Prex (13:00), Morges (13:15), Saint-Sulpice (13:32), Lausanne-Ouchy (13:51)  
  • The Suisse (Belle Epoque Fleet) leaving Le Bouveret (13:25 and 15:25 ) towards Lausanne-Ouchy (15:20 and 18:32)
  • The Léman (Line N1) which sails round-trip between Lausanne-Ouchy and Evian-les-Bains at regular intervals all day long (round-trip is about 1:30)  

safety rules for spectator boats

  1. Stay out of the excluded zones (start, multihull offset buoy, Le Bouveret). During the start, and by police order, all spectator boats are prohibited from these areas from 9:30 to around 10:30, depending on the weather.

  2. Avoid causing wake and exercise slower speed. 
  3. Don’t approach the race boats. Keep a minimal distance of 50 meters for mono-hulls and 100m for multihulls. Stay behind race boats whenever possible.

  4. Be thoughtful about not blocking the wind, or creating waves.
  5. Position your vessel in such as way as to be able to quickly vacate the area, with the bow facing an escape route.
  6. Follow the instructions of the committee boats (flying COMITE, JURY, VISEUR flags), surveillance boats (yellow and black SNG flag), harbor master boats and police boats.

Starting line and excluded zones

The following zones are excluded to spectator boats.

  • The Bol d’Or Mirabaud will start on two starting lines (Norths and South). The mono-hull line (South) will be 400 meters behind the multihull line (North). All racers will start at the same time: 10:00.

  • Two other exclusion zones are important to be aware of: the multihull offset buoy between from Versoix and Pointe à la Bise, and the mid-race Bouveret barge.

  • Keep a safety distance of at least 150 meters from all coursemarks in order to avoid interfering with racers’ progress.

Nautique Port’s construction impact on the Bol d'Or Mirabaud

The port entrance is moved. It will be marked, on both sides, by masts on top of which will be traditional green and red channel marker lights. This new entrance is much narrower than the old one: 23 meters wide vs. 70. The entrance will, however, be better protected from wind, which will facilitate boat movement. 

The construction sites, strictly forbidden to access, are marked by yellow buoys (marked on the attached plan). These buoys will not be lit at night, except those marking the corners. Only construction site barges will be. Floating docks, an outer dike, a central dike and a west dike (marked by white lines), as well as the new north dike will be marked by lights.

The finish line will be shifted 250 meters further offshore than in previous years. The entry buoy will be farther out than usual, in order to give more room to the boats about to finish the regatta. The arrival buoy will be aligned with the start cabin (placed at the end of the new north dike). Approximate GPS coordinates are listed in the Racing Instruction (Art. 8).

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